Monday, March 14, 2005
One New Thing: Other ways of thinking about website navigation.
In this month’s inCite, “Webb’s Web” mentions the article Thinking Differently About Site Mapping and Navigation. There are some interesting ideas about website navigation in this page, which lead to some even more interesting ideas down in the comments! The main point I picked up is that “home” is not necessarily where your users start their searches on your pages – Google is more likely to dump them in an internal content page if your site comes up in a search, and your site should be structured so that they can navigate further without having to return to the home page to do so. It’s also important to remember that although grouping pages in similar locations can be useful conceptually in a site map, you can have the same page grouped in multiple locations, because on a website, it doesn’t matter.
For a really interesting idea for website navigation check out this, which was linked in the comments: Beautification Revisited (smart URLs and smarter 404s).
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