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A home page, index page, or main page is a page on a website. A home page usually refers to:

A home page can also be used outside the context of websites, such as to refer to the principal screen of a user interface, which is also referred to as a home screen on mobile devices such as cell phones.


The first website was created by Tim Berners-Lee, who is known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Its address was http://info.cern.ch/ and serves as an initial home page with links from which one can view other web pages detailing information on hypertext, how to create your own web page, and explanations on how to search the Web.[2]


A website's home page is often used to provide a dashboard-like view of other pages—directing visitors to key areas of the web site. It is often viewed as a chance to market products or promote an image.[3]

A web site's home page will typically be used to:

Mobile device home page (home screen)[edit]

The home page of a mobile device, often called the "home screen", serves as a useful way to organize applications stored on a smartphone. For example, when the iPhone is first unlocked, the user is brought to a screen that is customized based on personal preference.

Since a home page is used to allow a user to have immediate access to their most used page, mobile devices integrated that quality in order to make a fast, easy, and user-friendly way for users to access their applications in an organized manner.

A changing concept[edit]

The home page has become increasingly complex. It used to just be one page or screen that was shown when the internet/device was launched—now a user is shown various sites as small thumbnails. These sites are automatically added to the home page based on the websites that the user frequents.

The iPhone, for example, allows this more complex home page to be utilized. Once the iPhone is unlocked, you are able to use up to 14 screens as a home page.[5]


Now, home pages are very customizable. A user signing in on Google's Chrome browser has access to bookmarks, themes, extensions, and applications from any device.[6] The user can also set the preference for the browser to open to a specific website.[7]


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