What Is a Footer?
A website footer is whats at the bottom of the website just like the header is found on the top of the website. The footer usually has stuff like copyright and social network info and sometimes contact and more about info. If a website has a newsletter you can usually find the sign up on the footer, or if there are pages you don't see on the header like a blog you might find it on the footer.
Why Is a Footer Important?
Website footers are important because people look at the footer as much as the header. If it is a news article when people finish reading the footer is right there and they probably look at that next.
Examples of Website Footers
The New York Times
This website has a site index which lists all the pages of the website they also have links to their newsletter sign up and mobile apps also with the copyright and a lot of other stuff. Your footer doesn't have to be this complex.
Your footer could be as simple as YouTube's footer, with just a few link, no social links but there are some links you won't find anywhere else on the site.
Here is a good example of a big footer. This actually takes up half the page if you are scrolled all the way down on CafePress' website. It has social links and a exclusive offer sign up as well as a site index. It has links to change the language if you are in another country and it even tells you that the website is secure. Your footer should stand out just as much as your header, because its just as important.
Thank you guys for reading this. I hope you learned something new about websites. I will try to post articles like this every once and a while.
Founder of Stuart Digital