There is an interesting discussion going on about the intranet homepage. Should it scroll or not scroll?
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Discussing the length of the intranet homepage
It is interesting, because many people have opinions about it. (I personally don't mind, I like both. And I like a lot of white space in it)
But I don't really understand the discussion. For me as an employee, I am mostly interested in what the company restaurant serves for lunch. I don't mind clicking 4 times or scroll 3 pages down to find the menu. I just want to know.
If there is content of interest on the intranet, it doesn't matter where it is, it will be visited.
The same is true for a website, a web-application or a desktop-application. When there is something that I want to know or need to do, I go there.
Also in real life. Normally I take the shortest route from work to home and do shopping on the way. But when I need something that is not available there, I just drive to the shop where they do sell it. Yep, it could take me some extra time.
I don't believe that the length of the homepage is an important factor for a successful intranet. Some intranet homepages fit on one page, others not. Basta! There is simply no 'one size fits all' for intranets.
This was my little rant about the discussion ;-)