Even though users are now accustomed to scrolling down web pages, we know thatÂ the fold still exists and is important–and how we can design to take advantage of it.
In light of this, Jakob Nielsen has conducted research to see what prompts users use to decide whether to scroll or not (the answer: the information scent).
The implications are clear: the material that’s theÂ most important for the users’ goals or your business goals should be above the fold. Users do look below the fold, but not nearly as much as they look above the fold.
People will look very far down a page if (a) theÂ layout encourages scanning, and (b) the initially viewable information makes themÂ believe that it will be worth their time to scroll.
Finally, while placing the most important stuff on top, don’t forget to put aÂ nice morsel at the very bottom.