Create A Successful Website gives a full navigation sample and details how to map out a brief with the key ‘menu’ areas. It will also give you a comprehensive list of ‘navigation rules’ to help you develop a simple and consistent navigation map. It explains why ‘ranking’ or ‘weighting’ your pages is important to your navigation and why you should have a sitemap.
You can also learn about using breadcrumbs, or a ‘breadcrumb trail’, which is a navigation path used to give visitors a way to keep track of where they are within your website. The last time I looked, Remote Employment had 7,501 pages and counting so you can imagine why a breadcrumb trail comes in handy.
Over the last week we have started to understand the terms used in creating a website menu. We also explored various options for your new site’s navigation map and learnt how to keep all the family in the right place.
The old fashioned way to do this could be to lay out postcards on the floor. You can use one postcard for each section which is then numbered by area. Or you can use a superfast digital format in Word or Excel.
Essentially, you should focus on organisation of the content. Now is the time to think seriously about which page what does and what goes where.
In a sense, it is ensuring that each member of the family is living in the right area, under the correct roof and with accurate clothing. Use the time now to go back and see what these ‘good sites’ did with their navigation and how they steered you through the maze that otherwise could have been a struggle. Make notes of what they do well and where they fall down, if they do at all, so your navigation can be as good, if not better.
Read the full article on Website Navigation or get a free sample chapter. Watch out for the next in this series, where we’ll discover a smorgasbord of free websites.
Good luck with your navigation!
Award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and bestselling author of ‘Create A Successful Website’, (on sale on Amazon) Paula Wynne offers practical workshops to help you succeed online. Read more about Paula’s books, creating a website articles, search engine optimisation, PR and other start up business advice at http://www.paulawynne.com.
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