Here are some FAQs we frequently get about one page websites. Just click on the button to read more info about each FAQ.
A complete website made up of only a single page.
Legal pages are allowed, but why not do your best to keep it all on one page with use of Ajax and jQuery for example?:)
No it does not.
Flash is allowed inside of a one page website. However, a full Flash website is NOT allowed in the showcase.
Building a one page site can sometimes be more complex that a website with multiple pages because you only have a single page to get your message across or display your work/product. It is best to break the site up into sections, if you need to, and display them as the user scrolls the site – rather than fitting everything into the ‘fold’. This makes it easier to read, and also builds anticipation as the user scrolls.
There are no limits to what navigation you can use. Jump-to scrolling links are popular in one pagers, or a fixed navigation. Really, just be creative and see what you come up with. :)
Yes and no. If you are the designer of a one page theme, you can submit it to the showcase. You can not purchase a one pager theme to the showcase, unless it has been modified to look different than the theme you used. This way we don’t get multiple designs in the gallery.
Again, there is no one way to design a responsive website. You can use your favorite framework, such as Twitter Bootstrap or Gumby Framework (we built our site off this FW) which have responsiveness pretty much built-in and will help you get started on designing a one pager. There are also hundreds of good tutorials and how to’s for designing a responsive website online. Smashing Magazine, 1stwebdesigner, or hongkiat are great places to search.
If you do not want to bloat your website with content nobody will read, or if you are selling only one or two products a one page website might be good for you. They also work great for showcasing your portfolio work.
Not exactly. If your goal is to gain traffic from spamming the web full of your pages that you do not need – stay away from a one pager.
If you want to get new visitors and good exposure for your awesomely good design – a one page site might be good for you. If you design something great that people enjoy, you do not need the added pages to get traffic to your site. The web (and search engines for that matter) is always changing. Use good design habits and make your site easy to use, this will be the best thing you can do for SEO.
Search engines use algorithms to find relevancy and match queries with content. One page websites may improve relevancy for your primary keywords, but it’s more likely to dilute relevancy for sub-topics and terms that could rank easier on their own pages.
How do you SEO optimize a single page site?
1. Use defined content sections
Design each section of content in the one pager as if it were a separate page. Select the keywords you desire to rank for write an appropriate headlines and copy.
2. Separate content sections in DIVs
Place each section of content into its own DIV tag with the appropriate ID. IDs are not considered SEO keywords, but it keeps your one pager organized and you can use them for jump-to anchor links, which are SEO signals.
3. Each content section should use a H1 tag
Most SEOs probably wouldn’t use more than one H1 at a time. But, when you have a long page with different content sections, using an H1 signals that what is under it is distinctive and separate from the rest of the single page site. Don’t use more than one H1 per content section.
One page websites are a trend that is becoming more and more popular – especially among designers showcasing a portfolio. You can also use one page sites for apps, launching soon sites, or product sites – basically anything that does not have a lot of content. Having all of you content condensed on a beautiful single page design is a great way to get more readers and conversions.