Sucesssful navigation for corporate website design

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Navigation Successful Web Designing

It's quite easy to communicate a web site poor in comparison to the one known as good one. Just take few seconds to look at the navigation to turn the poorly performing site into good one. Poor sites make it difficult for their visitors to find things. And the more difficult it is for someone to get around on your site, the more likely it is he will leave quickly. You navigation system must be obvious and easy to use. An image-map is great if it is very well designed and loads quickly. Small buttons are good also. Text links are great (they load fast).

It's common practice to line up the navigation along one side of the screen (usually the left although I've seen some good sites with the menus on the right).If you are using Java or image based navigation (even simple buttons), be sure and include text links somewhere (usually on the bottom of the page). You don't want people who have graphics turned off to leave your site.

The foundation rule to follow in web designing aims is the principle of KISS. Unless you have a very large site there is no reason to use anything complex and doing so will just increase your maintenance costs and turn away visitors. Always keep your website design simple in all possible aspects.

Essential Mantras for Navigation Systems:
  • Make sure every page must include a link back to the home page.
  • Try to include an email link on every page to allow my visitors to easily communicate with me.
  • Be sure to allow for non-java, non-ActiveX and non-image browsers.
  • If you use an image-map make sure it's fast loading and obvious.
  • Dynamic HTML menu systems are great, but remember this is only supported by newer browsers.
  • Try to incorporate menu items change of color for information buttons as the cursor move over. It makes it easier to see what's going on.
  • Don't use sound in menus at all. It's annoying and turns away visitors very quickly.
Accessible Web Design

Accessible Web design is the art of creating webpages that are accessible to everyone, using any device. It is especially important so that people with disabilities - whether due to accident, disease or old age and can access the information in Web pages and be able to navigate through the website. To be accessible, web pages and sites must conform to certain basic accessibility principles. These basic principles can be grouped into mentioned below areas:

  • Use hyperlinks that makes sense when read out of context.
  • Don't use frames
  • Use CSS rather than HTML Tables for layout.
  • Author the page so that when the source code is read line-by-line by user agents it remains intelligible.
  • Use semantic markup that provides a meaningful structure to the web page.
  • Use a valid markup language that conforms to a published DTD or Schema.
  • Provide text equivalents for any non-text components e.g. images, multimedia.

However, W3C permits an exception where tables for layout either make sense when linearized or an alternate version (perhaps linearized) is made available.

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