Easy Web Design Tips for Developing an Awesome Site Navigation
August 29, 2012
•IADT General, IADT San Antonio, Web Design and Development
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If a website’s navigation is going to be easy to understand and accessible, it needs to start with a site map. Planning the architecture of a website allows the navigation to develop simply and logically. Users can then understand the layout and find their way through the website intuitively. The following steps can help with creating a site map:
- Decide what categories of pages you want on your site (About, Products, Support, etc.).
- Create a diagram displaying which pages belong in which categories.
- As you make the diagram, edit the categories and organization as necessary.
Don’t feel like you have to know every page that will be on your site at this point; you can always go back and add more pages to the diagram. This stage can allow you to plan what your site needs and where it should go. Make the organization as logical as possible so users can easily navigate your site.
Next, it’s time to implement your navigation design. Do some research on the current styles so your website looks appealing. Keep in mind that your links should be meaningful and understandable. Below are some trends to consider for the appearance of navigation attributes:
- Speaking Navigation: Internal links should clearly explain what kind of pages they contain. Avoid vague words or categories as links.
- Mac™ Style: The Mac-style buttons continue to remain popular and appealing among designers and users.
- Icons: Create appealing icons for your links. Providing both pictures and words to users as a means of navigation gives users multiple ways to remember your navigation style.
With these tips in mind, remember that simplicity is always best for site navigation. Keep the planning logical and the implementation appealing so users can intuitively find what they need on your site.