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10 March 2016

Web Design

Navigation, Navigation, Navigation: Part 2 - How do I ensure that my website has good navigation?

Navigation, Navigation, Navigation: Part 2 - How do I ensure that my website has good navigation?

The first thing you need to do is ensure that your website is designed by an agency that knows what they are doing.

Use your Homepage as the central point for your Navigation

Sometimes, making a mind map can help map out on paper what you want online, and it can help you place which pages you might want linked together, too. This way, when you do have a chat with your designer, you can bring something to the table to help ensure you are both on the same page.

Use a list on the main page

Although it may seem obvious, not all websites have this section. It is a very smart web design move to ensure that the main homepage has tabs along the top indicating what page each of those tabs can take you to. It is useful to have these tabs not just on the main page, but on all of the other pages, too so that if a user wants to go back to a previous page, they find it much easier, rather than going back to the home page and then selecting the page from there again.

Allow for user errors

Quite often, a user may copy and paste a link from a certain page into the browser. However, they may do this incorrectly, by missing out a letter. Even worse, they could type the URL in by hand and miss out a word.

Integrate the possibility of this happening into your website by having a 404 not found error page, which can redirect them onto another page that is relevant for anyone wanting to come to your website. This may be the home page or any other page that you choose. The benefit of this is also that it keeps the user on your website for longer, rather than them thinking your site isn’t working and wondering off to another one.

Have two sitemaps

You may think this is cheating, but it isn’t. In fact, this tip is actually recommended by Google itself. A sitemap is something that makes your website easier for Google to crawl and consists of a hierarchy of all the pages of your website.

If a visitor knows a little bit about websites and how to use them, they may visit this page, especially if they are struggling to find what they are looking for.

By having separate sitemaps for the user and for Google, you can ensure that you are catering for both well.

Remember it’s good to have all the knowledge, even if you don’t have the know-how, This way, when you have a conversation with a designer, you have some knowledge of what it’s all about. For a friendly and free consultation with our experts here at FDC, please click here and find out how our in-house web designer can help you get the results you want.

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