A good navigation plan is a basic part of website layout. Have you ever lost your way to an unknown place because there were not enough directions. You missed a turn because you had no way to find where to go.
Website navigation has a similar function to do. It helps people reach various parts and pages of your website. So that they do not get lost
The better your navigation is, easier it is for people to access the content or the product in your website.
Bad navigation leads to a frustrated visitor which results in lost reader or sale as the case may be.
A navigation system must enable the user to find out
- Where they are now in your website
- What should they do to reach some other page
If your website is only a few pages, you can simply post the links to those pages and that would be enough. But if you host a lot of content, not only it should be organized but also easily reachable.
Objectives of a navigation system is to provide the user with indicators of location and control over the browsing.
A user can enter any page of your site from outside. Wherever they might land in, they must be able to orient themselves quickly.
Here are few tips for creating a good navigation
Organize Your Links in Your Menu
The links in your navigation bar should be well organized and written according to the order of importance. The links should enable visitors to locate what they are looking for easily.
These links should not change with every page and rather should be consistent throughout the site..
Standard and Clear
Navigation should be clear and consistent. Header region and sidebars are most common places to put these navigation links.
Avoid putting navigation links at the bottom.
Use of Breadcrumbs
User orientation this can be easily done with use of breadcrumbs.
Breadcrumbs are series of hierarchical links that you have used to go from page to page within a section. For example if you are in article section of a website and category “wealth management”, the breadcrumbs might appear like
See the top of this article, just below the navigation bar. You would see the use of breadcrumbs. My site runs on Genesis and it automatically creates these breadcrumbs.
Breadcrumbs is like a trail of the path you have followed. Each element in the breadcrumb is a link to that section or subsection.
Use of breadcrumbs allows the user to directly go back to the main section page or another sub section without following the same trail. Breadcrumbs also show the context of the page being viewed and its relation to a section or sub-section.
They serve both as locator and navigational control.
If you want people to move around your website, have a good navigation.