It is interesting to note that the “traditional” five links that almost everyone includes up the top actually aren’t always best.
Let’s have a look at what some websites are doing with their navigation bars and what lessons we can take away for our own.
It’s critical. The design of a website’s navigation has a bigger impact on success or failure than almost any other factor. It affects traffic and search engine rankings. It affects conversions and user-friendliness. Everything important about your website is connected to the navigation, from content to the URLs.
Let’s look at some common navigation mistakes and see what we can learn.
Navigation is one of the most important aspects of designing for any website, but the challenges associated are more sensitive for a blog or any content heavy site. Some designers take it as a mechanical task and they design the navigation accordingly. However, in the authors opinion, navigation is as much an art as it is a science, and designers need not limit themselves to default solutions.
How do you direct visitors around your website?
Do you let them stumble around, or do you take them down a specific path that’s geared for turning random visitors into loyal subscribers and fans?
Blog Tyrant shows you a few things he’s been testing in hisown menus as well as some interesting examples from around the web. Hopefully they help you build a menu that’s a little bit more effective.