Creating A Site That Works
Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox
Some of the basic styles of navigation are:
- Embedded links: where links are embedded within text, and relevant words or phrases are links to additional information on other Web pages
- Trail links: when you can drill down deeper and deeper into the site to find information with a trail of links that takes you back to your starting point
- Navigation or "nav" bar: buttons, links or some other visual tool that are repeated on the top, bottom, left or right side of each screen and link to categories or information areas
- Site map: a list of links or a visual mapping out of all categories and subcategories found on a site
The most usable sites contain several different styles of navigation, providing visitors with a variety of options to find the information they need.
Aliza Sherman is an entrepreneur and author of Cybergrrl: A Woman's Guide to the World Wide Web (Ballantine Books). She is currently working on her next book and new company.