Home Page can either refer to the top-level page of a website or the default webpage your browser goes to when launched.
A website’s home page is the very first page you will be taken to when you enter its domain into your web browser. For instance, our homepage is www.learnthenet.com. The home page will typically greet visitors or introduce them to the website and include links to other available pages. From any other page on the website, clicking the site’s logo at the top of the page, or clicking on the “Home” link in the navigation menu, will normally return you to the home page.
Web browsers allow users to pick a custom page they want to open every time the application launches. Many browsers default to a search engine, often their own, but you can easily set your own home page. Businesses often make their own website, or their intranet site, the home page for employee computers.
Also See: Website, Browser, Anatomy of a Web Page
Frequently Asked Questions
Do all websites have a home page?
Yes, though it may not always be an obvious home page. For instance, a blogger may want his or her blog to be the very first thing a website visitor sees. In this case, instead of getting an overview of the site, when you go to that domain you are taken straight to the latest post. Other sites use very obvious home pages, which are nothing more than a picture or graphic with links to the various types of content available on the site.
Do I have to have a home page for my browser?
Most web browsers will allow you to opt out of using a home page. This allows you to launch the browser without automatically trying to connect to a website. You can usually use either a blank window in place of your home page, or have your browser display a list of your bookmarks or most recently visited sites. Some browsers, such as Google Chrome, let you go straight to the last page you visited before the program was closed.
How do I change my home page?
The exact procedure for changing your home page differs for each web browser, but in most cases it involves going to the settings menu and looking for the “startup” or “home page” option under the general settings tab. For more specific information, see our Setting a Home Page in Firefox and Setting a Home Page in Internet Explorer tutorials.