The Home page is the default page presented by a cloud service when no other page is requested by the user after authentication. The Home page is also referred to as the Start, Landing, or Welcome page of the service.
There are three types of Home pages: dashboard, non-dashboard, and hybrid.
- The dashboard home page supports user decision-making. It aggregates highly relevant summary views of a given application or suite of applications.
- The non-dashboard home page supports immediate task completion. It concentrates information and available actions in a highly correlated set of objects belonging to a single application.
- The hybrid home page supports elements of both dashboard and non-dashboard pages. It differs from a non-dashboard in that a wider variety of tasks are available for immediate completion.
Home pages differ from other types of pages because users don't have to query objects before performing an action on the Home page. Upon display, relevant objects are immediately present and ready for an applicable action.
The choice of whether to make the Home page a dashboard, non-dashboard, or hybrid depends on supported user roles and use cases.
- Users who have roles with a broad scope and set of privileges most likely will find a dashboard design helpful to decide
and prioritize which task(s) to perform.
- Using a dashboard for a user role with a narrow focus is permissible, but not advised. A dashboard may not make sense for a user role with limited privileges or access to features.
- A non-dashboard design works best for the user who already knows which tasks to perform, or the user whose role carries a very limited scope and set of privileges.
- A hybrid page design can work well when a user has a role with a broad scope and set of privileges, and also has a set of frequently performed, high-priority tasks (such as approving expenses). A hybrid page is well suited to support broad user decision-making while prominently presenting high priority, high-frequency tasks.
If an application or suite supports roles with broad scope as well as a narrow scope, then that application or suite may feature some combination of all Home page types. The home page that each user sees is based on their assigned roles.
|User Role and Purpose||Use Dashboard||Use Non-Dashboard||Use Hybrid|
|PRIORITY SETTING IS AN IMMEDIATE, FREQUENT GOAL||Yes||No||No|
|PRIMARY GOAL IS COMPLETING A SPECIFIC, FREQUENTLY PERFORMED TASK||No||Yes||No|
|USER HAS BROAD PRIVILEGES AND FREQUENT TASKS||Yes||No||Yes|
The following image shows a dashboard as a home page.
The following is an example of a non-dashboard home page.
When both a non-dashboard home page and a dashboard page are presented to the same user role, then the home page appears as the first Application Navigation item, and the dashboard appears second, as shown in the following example.
The following is an example of a hybrid home page.