Above the Fold

Where does the term “Above the Fold” come from?

The term Above the Fold originated in the print sector. Fold means fold in German. It therefore refers to everything that can be found above the fold of the newspaper. This means that the content is visible in the part of the newspaper that is visible to the reader without folding it up. Applied to the Internet, above-the-fold content is content that users see first without having to scroll further or click deeper into the website. They thus receive this information at a glance. For this reason, Above the Fold content should always show the most relevant part to arouse the reader’s curiosity. You should therefore clearly consider the structure and the content that you play out directly here.

Encourage the reader to actively scroll or click further

The start screen of the website should therefore also contain images or texts that are only fully visible to the surfer when he actively scrolls. This can be done, for example, with teasers, overlapping text content or arrows.
A precise analysis of your users’ behavior also helps you to optimize the above-the-fold content. For example, you can use the scroll depth or the bounce rate to find out how far your users found the content interesting. You also get more information about how your website visitors interact with your page.

How do I determine the visible area

Now, of course, the question is which area can be seen at all without scrolling. Normally, the designer of a website defines which area is visible on which end device. This is determined by the pixel specification.
The following options are available:

Watch out: Changes in user behavior

In the past, it was immensely important to pack the website as full as possible to give the website visitor as much input as possible. But that has changed in the meantime. Nowadays, many users are on the Internet with their cell phones. Accordingly, their surfing behavior has also changed.
You probably know it from yourself: The page is loaded quickly and you are scrolling even faster to find what you are looking for. It’s also very easy to change the screen view – a quick swipe takes you somewhere else in no time. Therefore, the question arises whether the directly visible area of a website is still important or has the same relevance as before.

The answer to that is a resounding yes! Above the Fold is still very important. This is due to the growing impatience of users. Information on questions should be found faster and easier. Therefore, it is more important than ever that you provide concrete answers at first glance. You therefore need to rethink the design of your content and your website and also the right structure of it.

Conclusion: The most important part

Above the fold content still brings almost 80% of the attention to a website. That’s why it’s immensely important to capture the reader’s attention in this area of the website and keep them engaged. Because once the attention is aroused, he will automatically scroll to find more interesting content. At best, you also encourage the user to click through your website.


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