Well, maybe not one of those items.
I want you to grab a piece of paper and load up the front page of your site in a browser. Zoom in so you can really see it up close and personal.
Title the first list “Front Page” and start counting every design element, navigation block, text blog, every widget, call to action, and graphic you can see on the front page of the site. Inside and around the content.
Don’t count words. Count visuals. What catches your eye. For multiple post pageviews, count each post. Add it to the list.
If your site has a static front page, when you are done, move to the blog page and title a column “Blog” and start counting.
If you feel creative, instead of making a list, print out each pageview and number each visual element. Note that not all graphic design elements on a web page will print, so your print version may look different from the browser view.
One you have your list, group like items together. You may have one element in multiple groups.
For example, in my article, “Blog Exercises: To Comment or Not to Comment,” I came up with the following totals.
- Logos: 4
- Badges: 14
- Social Icons: 13
- Navigation blocks/lists: 11
- Calls to Action: 22
- Graphic Design Elements: 30
- Lists: 10
- Posts: 1
- Headings: 11