Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Site Navigation Strategies: Consistency Or Flow?

There is no need to link to all sections from each and every page on a site.

Photo credit:Renato Cardoso

We should limit pervasive navigation to five or six basic features and let people go back to the front page, if they want to start from the top. Instead, we should focus on getting users to what they want and provide useful links to related content.

Organising a site into sections and subsections does not by itself create a good user experience.

What matters is whether users can quickly and easily advance to the next step in the pursuit for their goal.



Top menus, left menus and breadcrumbs that are placed throughout the website are at best ignored - at worst distracting.

Should a site navigation be driven by principles of consistency and accessibility to all "other" information available on the site, or should it be directed by flow principles?

Should we focus more on helping the users find what they want or shall we keep promoting the inventory of content our sites have available?

Find out.

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posted by Robin Good on Tuesday, February 1 2005, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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