A sign post to direct your users
After getting introduced to your value proposition with a ‘hero section’ at the top of the homepage, the next step is to help them decide where to go on your site (which category to open). A list of main categories serves that purpose.
- Putting it directly below the hero section, or at least high up on the homepage.
- The other section that I usually recommend right below the hero section is social proof or credibility components.
- Just as importantly as with product photos, make sure to have high quality images for those category thumbnails.
Two sections instead of one?
One of things that I find interesting about IKEA’s site is that they feature 3 categories right below the fold.
Then they have a section ‘Shop by Category’ lower on the homepage.
The 3 featured categories are the equivalent to a link bar on mobile. Normally I recommend to have something like their ‘Shop by Category’ section right below the fold, but I like how they’ve featured 3 to start with and have a longer list later on.
Icons or photos?