I ran across this article on D-Lists the other day and then I got to thinking of different one page websites I’ve run across and how I felt about the user experience. A growing trend in web development is one page websites. Rather than lead viewers to different pages, usually it involves information being displayed in a drop down format. Although I’ve included screen shots, be sure to check out the actual sites to get a feel for how they display information. Do you find it to be user friendly? Do you prefer information to be displayed on different pages? Whaddayathink?
IndoFolio — this site uses an especially unique method; when a navigational link is clicked on, information scrolls side to side. I like the idea, but I don’t know if it’s actually easier or harder to take in information. I can see how the horizontal scrolling could be distracting for some sites. For creative sites (like this one) I think it adds to the experience. For a site that is heavy on information and text, I would prefer to see it displayed in the standard format. Additionally, unless the site scrolls seamlessly, I can see how it would detract from the overall quality of the site.
Jax Vineyards — I really like the user experience on this site. Rather than having the whole page scroll back and forth, when a navigational link is clicked, the information is brought from what appears to be off the screen onto the screen for the user to view. The only time this becomes more than a one page site is when a user wants to place an order and is then taken to an order page.
Crush + Lovely — Although this site appears to function like a regular multi-page site, it actually is not. It uses something like an anchor text link to guide the user through the site. I really like the way this site performs and I think they’ve done a lovely job of taking a lot of info and making it easy to manage and navigate. Indeed, it is lovely.
Please let us know what you think, if you’ve run across any similar one page websites that are worth sharing, etc. AND have a great weekend!