Adding a homepage in front of your Ghost website
Having a homepage is optional, but it's a powerful feature. It's the default page your visitors will come across. An homepage is sometimes referred to as a splash page, as a static page or as a lead page.
A homepage is the best way to focus the user's experience and guide your visitors into a specific part of your website, which is managed by Ghost. Its design can be totally different than the pages managed by Ghost. Two examples:
1) Your domain structure could look like:
pascalandy.com/ (custom homepage) pascalandy.com/blog/ (ghost)
Another way of seeing it is to say :
- the homepage (pascalandy.com) lives under root
/bloglives under a subdirectory
2) or if you prefer, you could set up your domain this way as well:
juliaburns.com/ (custom homepage) blog.juliaburns.com/ (ghost)
What should your visitors see first?
For you that might be your:
- contact page
- service page
- product page
The experience you imagine for your visitors is up to you.
Per example, Martine Nadal runs a communication agency. The main element she wants her visitors to see is her portfolio. See how she uses call to actions (CTA) buttons to control the user's experience on her website.
The CTA could have pointed to a contact page or a service page as well. In this case, her portfolio is her impresario. It's the most important part of her website.
In this case, her portfolio is her impresario. It's the most important part of her website.
Design and coding
You have to be aware that you are responsible to design your custom homepage (HTML, CSS, JS). FirePress is not a website builder after all. In the future, we will offer templates that are easy to customize but we can't provide a timeline at the moment. As the owner of your website, you can use any static page you want. You could download this landing page, tweak it and host it in front of your Ghost website.
You must have an active plan with us prior to adding a homepage in front of your Ghost's website.
Don't hesitate to contact us for more details.
The cost of hosting a custom homepage is only 90$ per year in addition to the regular hosting cost for Ghost.