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Important points for design and placement of website navigation

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Navigation of the website plays an important role in improving the user friendliness of web design and leading your visitors to the pages the way you want. Web sites with thousands of pages, good navigation plays key role in making all the content easily available to visitors on which you have spent a huge amount. Here are some points for good navigation. Even search engine crawler also finds all the pages with good navigation structure.

Avoid fancy Java script menu : It will be difficult for users to reach at all the pages of your website from browsers with Java script disable. Give alternate option for the browsers which don’t support JavaScript.

Avoid adding into flash:
Menu embedded in flash may take little more time to load. Just like Java script, visitors will abandon your website with browser disable of flash.

Define simple style of navigation: Even if you have a fancy web design with full of animation and flash, try to keep the navigation simple as it is built for the purpose of allowing a clear path to your visitors to different pages of your website.

Do not exceed the certain level in bread crumb navigation:
Use of breadcrumb navigation is good practice but keeping the level to certain limits will be a wiser option. I have observed in many websites which leads users to 4th or 5th level of final page and 3 inner navigation stages. For IE. Menu>step2>step3>step3>final page. Avoid implementing such navigation.

Place your navigation at both ends of the page at footer and header, so after getting at the end of the page, he doesn’t require to go up to navigate to another page.

Topic starter Posted : 07/12/2011 10:30 am
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Re: Important points for design and placement of website navigation

one thing that I always tell our developers is that when they are designing a website for us (aside from our instruction about it of course) is that whenever they design a navigation for the users, they should try it out on their own as well. if they find it easy to understand or easy to use then it's time to get other people say something about it.

Posted : 15/12/2011 11:50 am
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Re: Important points for design and placement of website navigation

Most important thing for any website design as bellow:

1. Mention your title,
2. Add all information about your company and organization,
3. Used dark color for create more attractive website.

Posted : 20/06/2012 7:08 pm
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 I’ve been working in SEO for years and I still learn something new from each of your articles. Thanks for the intro.


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Posted : 14/03/2022 3:41 am
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Little choices have a big impact on your results, especially for your navigation since it’s on every page of your website. So careful planning is key.

Posted : 15/01/2023 3:56 am
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10 website navigation tips

  • Use common sense menu placement.
  • Include graphical elements.
  • Ensure links are visible.
  • Order links carefully.
  • Include a footer.
  • Use different designs for separate platforms.
  • Avoid hidden menus.
  • Use descriptive link titles.
Posted : 18/09/2023 5:01 pm
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Clarity and Simplicity:

    • Clear labels: Use concise and understandable labels for navigation items. Avoid vague terms or jargon.
    • Logical structure: Organize navigation items into a logical hierarchy that users can easily understand.
    • Visual hierarchy: Use size, color, and spacing to emphasize important navigation elements.

Usability and Accessibility:

    • Easy to find: Place the navigation prominently, usually at the top or left side of the page.
    • Consistent placement: Keep the navigation in the same position on all pages.
    • Mobile-friendly: Ensure the navigation adapts seamlessly to different screen sizes and devices.
    • Accessibility: Make sure the navigation is accessible to users with disabilities, including keyboard navigation and screen readers.

User Focus and Intent:

    • Target audience: Consider the needs and expectations of your target audience when designing the navigation.
    • User journey: Design the navigation to support the user's journey through your website.
    • Search functionality: Provide a search bar for users who know what they're looking for but can't find it in the navigation.

Additional Tips:

    • Limited options: Avoid cluttering the navigation with too many items. Aim for 5-7 main navigation items.
    • Dropdowns: Use dropdowns sparingly and logically to avoid overwhelming users.
    • Hover effects: Use hover effects to reveal sub-navigation items, but consider accessibility options for non-hover devices.
    • Call to action: If relevant, include a clear call to action button in the navigation, such as "Contact Us" or "Shop Now."
    • Test and iterate: Test different navigation designs with users to see what works best and iterate based on feedback.


    • Consider breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs help users understand their location within the website hierarchy.
  • Explore mega menus: Mega menus can offer extensive navigation options without cluttering the primary navigation, but use them cautiously.
Posted : 09/02/2024 7:34 am