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Website Design A Beginner s Guide to Navigation

By Mark Thomas

The easier your website is to navigate, the longer people will stay on it, and the longer they stay on it, the more likely it is that they will do what you want them to do e.g. buy something, give their personal details, etc. Therefore, considering how visitors will navigate your site is an important aspect of website design. It is something which you should plan at the beginning of the website design process rather than just making it up as you go along.

Your overall objective in relation to the navigation of your website is for visitors to it to be able to find the information that they want with as few clicks of the mouse as possible. Put plainly, the fewer the number of clicks required by a visitor to find what they are looking for, the better your website navigation is. The more times they click without finding whatever it is that they are looking for, the more chance there is that their next click will be the one on the close window icon.

A link is a word, or short phrase, that when clicked takes visitors from one page of your website to another page of your website, and using them effectively as part of your website design is absolutely essential. The more pages your website has, the more links you will need to include. If your website has 10 pages, then you will probably need around 70 100 links. If your website has 100+ pages, then you will probably need 300+ links.

In principle, every page on your website should link to every other page on your website, as that would mean that visitors only need to click the mouse once to find the information that they are looking for. However, if your website has many pages, then this is impossible, as you would have so many links on each of your pages that there would be hardly any space left for any content. What you should try and do though is have every page that is highly relevant to another page to include a link to it.

You can do this by including links within your written content. For example, if you refer to Sony TVs on one of your pages, and another page on your website gives information on Sony TVs, then you should make the phrase Sony TVs link to your Sony TVs page. Another approach is to have a list of relevant web pages on your site at the end of each of your web pages. So, using the same example, if you have written a web page about why Sony TVs are better than Samsung TVs, at the end of that page you could link to your web pages on Sony TV prices and Sony TV accessories.

In addition to having links within, and at the bottom of, your written content, it is also advisable to incorporate menu bars along the top and / or left hand side of your website design. You can include many links within a menu bar without them getting in the way of your written content or cluttering up the look and feel of your website.

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Author Resource:- This article was written by a website design expert who has more than 10 years experience in the industry. He is currently doing website design in Bedford, NY and can be contacted at http://kinneymedia.com


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