Definition

That which facilitates movement from one Web page to another Web page.

Information

Navigation is often taken for granted, but it plays a crucial role in getting site visitors to view more than just the home page. If navigation choices are unclear, visitors may elect to hit the “Back”
button on their first (and final) visit to a Web site. Once they enter, the real challenge begins, as it is no easy task to allow first-time visitors to get take maximum advantage of a site.

Over time, some more-or-less standard navigation layouts have developed:

Main Navigation:
* above the fold or left side column

Secondary Navigation:
* below the fold or right side column

(As with any rules, there are exceptions.)

Related Terms

Web design, Web site usability

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Sites

Usable Web : Navigation – list of navigation articles

Web Pages That Suck : Mystery Meat Navigation – yuck

Articles

Designing Web Navigation: Traffic Light, Not Neon Light
ClickZ (March 7, 2002)

Web Navigation Design Principles: Part 5
ClickZ (May 17, 2001)

Web Navigation Design Principles: Part 4
ClickZ (May 10, 2001)

Web Navigation Design Principles: Part 3
ClickZ (May 3, 2001)

Web Navigation Design Principles: Part 2
ClickZ (April 26, 2001)

Web Navigation Design Principles: Part 1
ClickZ (April 19, 2001)

Navigating a Web Site
ClickZ (September 9, 2000)

Is Navigation Useful?
useit.com – Alertbox (January 9, 2000)