Creating A Site That Works

Ways to help people navigate your site so they find what they need

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When planning out your , should be a top priority because no matter how many great features you might include on your site, if people can't get to them, they're useless.

Some of the basic styles of are:

  • Embedded links: where links are embedded within text, and relevant words or phrases are links to additional 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 (Ballantine Books). She is currently working on her next book and new company.

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