How to Navigate the Website

October 12, 2018

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, to which homepage should I go?

Going to a website for the first time can be confusing. We have all been there at one time or another. Depending on how we navigate to the site will control which page on the site we land.

For example, let’s look at www.sertoma.org. Entering that address into your favorite browser’s URL address field will take you straight to the site’s homepage. Enter that address into your favorite browser’s basic search field and you will presented with a list of web pages that are connected to, or that mention Sertoma. Clicking on these links might take you to a site that mentions Sertoma, but may not be a national, regional, district, or club site. Isn’t technology fun?

To keep things from becoming too muddled, let’s imagine typing www.sertoma.org into the URL address field and going straight to the site’s homepage. You have arrived at the site’s external face homepage! Oh really? External face? What does that mean?

An external face homepage is the main homepage, with a focus on drawing in those that are not familiar with the organization, business, or school of thought that the website is built on. It is designed to showcase items of general information and links to more specific or focused areas of the website.

Many of the links on an external face homepage navigate to what can be called and internal face homepage. Getting back to www.sertoma.org —by clicking on the Member Center link at the top of the page, site visitors will be redirected to an internal homepage created specifically around items important to Sertoma’s members.

Why is the site set up this way? It’s a simple structure or framework used to organize the site so different users can get to items useful to them. If you have just heard about Sertoma and want to find out what it’s all about, the external home page is full of general information.

If you are already proud to be a Sertoman (clap), then you are going to find more detailed information on the Member Center page. Whether you need to vote during the annual elections, update your user profile, or are a volunteer needing a form or training, you’ll find what you need on the Member Center home page—YOUR home page.


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