Let's Get Navigational

Written by Chrisi Darrington

Navigation is extremely important for your website. It's part of your design, look, and feel. The right navigational tools will create a user-friendly website, while a poorly mapped out website can crush your success.

The following are some points to consider: Presentation - Functionality - Familiarity -User-Friendliness

Place main website links atrepparttar top and bottom of every page, or onrepparttar 134791 side and bottom, depending on your page layout.

The reason for this is so that visitors can instantly discover your key features.

Some search engines cannot navigate through your entire site through pictures, icons, or graphics. They need text links in order to spider through your website.

Limit your navigational links to three clicks. So, say you're a pet store. Your main links might look like this: HOME - DOGS - CATS - CRITTERS - SPECIALS

These would be your main links. Your top links can be linked pictures. The bottom links can be simple text links. The following is how your next menu would look if your visitor clickedrepparttar 134792 dog site.


Your main links would still be available; however, your sub-menu forrepparttar 134793 different dog links would now be visible. Let's take it one link further.


In three clicks your customer has reached his desired goal. Dogs/Toys/Squeaky. This should be your goal as well.

Nothing is more frustrating than having to click deeper and deeper into a website to find what you need. If you're looking for a dog squeaky toy, you shouldn't have to go through more than a few clicks to get there.

Here's how your clicks might go:

Dog Toys - Small Squeaky Toys ... you're there.

Unlessrepparttar 134794 shop has too many of that type of squeaky toy and you have to click for more squeaky toys to view, you should get torepparttar 134795 squeaky toy section or directory within a few clicks.

A large website should have a site map. (Our site map should be up and running this week) A site map is a page that will direct your customers to any place they want to go.

Building Your Own Web Site? Here are Two Critical Points to Consider

Written by Gary Abada

First let's look at site planning.

Your web site does not have to be grandiose and packed with text. Organizingrepparttar flow of your site content is more important, wasting your time agonizing over what picture or size of logo to place onrepparttar 134790 top header will not help you sell products and services. Professional web design companies can advise you on that. Provide to your designer, your basic concept andrepparttar 134791 purpose of your site. Your designer will create something for you. What you can do is decide onrepparttar 134792 sections you want included as this will help you organize your content. Think about whatrepparttar 134793 sections of your site will be titled and how they will link together. This step will help you integraterepparttar 134794 graphics aroundrepparttar 134795 content so it blends in, giving you a more compact and well planned design.

Choose a site structure, 2-column or 3-column will be based onrepparttar 134796 size of your data and how you want it arranged. If you have paragraphs and paragraphs of information you want your client to read then a 2-column layout would fit your requirements. Here is an example of how to get a clean layout from a two column design - http://www.successnavigator.com Here is an example of a 2-column site with no proper planning - http://www.quitsmokingchat.com/. Three column layouts are generally used on web sites that have a lot of links with short descriptions to them - http://www.mlmprofit.com, here is an example of a 3-column site with a lot of links but EXCESSIVE use of graphics overwhelmingrepparttar 134797 look ofrepparttar 134798 site - http://www.dabs.com... something you should avoid in planning your layout.

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