Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

The homepage or home page is the name of the main page of a website where visitors can find hyperlinks to other pages on the site. By default, the homepage on all web servers is index.html, however, can also be index.htm, index.php, or whatever the developer decides.

Tip: Some people may refer to the homepage as a "welcome page," and although this is a valid term it is more appropriate to refer to this page as the homepage.

Website homepage vs. browser homepage

If you have never created a website or blog, the above definition of a homepage may be confused with a browser homepage (home).

A browser home is a location that opens when you first open your browser that can be any website on the Internet and a website homepage is the main web page of a website. For example, you may have Google as your browser's home to open a search when you first open the browser. If you were to search for "Computer Help" from your browser's home and clicked the Computer Hope link, you would be directed to our website homepage.

How to get back to the browser homepage

Browser home buttonsAs you browse the Internet, there may come a time that you want to get back to your browser's home. Below are the steps and keyboard shortcuts to get back to your browser's home.

  • Click on the browser home button that should resemble one of the home buttons on this page.
  • Most Internet browsers support the Alt+Home keyboard shortcut key to go to your homepage.
  • In Mac web browsers, try Command+Home or Option+Home.
  • Finally, you can also close your browser and all open tabs. Once re-opened the browser will open the home page.

Why does a website need a homepage?

For most websites, the majority of visitors who visit will never visit the homepage. However, it's still an important part of a website because those visitors who do visit the homepage need a way to get an idea of what your website offers. Ideally, your website homepage should include a link to all web pages or if you have a big website all major sections of the website. Other important things to consider are including a company phone number, contact information, and the websites most popular web pages.

Why does a browser need a home?

When the Internet and browsers were first introduced, finding things on the Internet was not as easy or fast as it is today. The browser home was created so people could open their browser to web portals or their favorite website to help get them to information that most interested them. Although many people still use their browser's home every day, more people are moving to a search, such as Google, as their homepage and searching for what interests them and using bookmarks.

Should I use "homepage" or "home page" in my writing?

Generally speaking, both versions are correct. However, most people and style guides today use "homepage" (one word) when talking about the main page of a website.

Style guides that use "homepage" include: International Literacy Association, The Associated Press Stylebook, and The Guardian. Style guides that use "home page" include: Microsoft Manual of Style and Oxford Dictionary of Computing.

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