Website Navigation Overview

Effective website navigation is an absolutely vital element of every successful website. Never lose sight of consistent, simple and effective navigation when designing a user interface.

Benefits of Effective Navigation

The first benefit on effective navigation is obvious; your users will be able to navigate around the website easier and find the information they're after. This results in a higher conversion rate and less time handling unnecessary enquiries or support questions. The other benefit which is often overlooked is better SEO. A well thought out sitemap combined with properly implemented navigation will help to improve the position of the website on search engines.

Types of Navigation

Primary navigation: The main method of navigating the website. The primary navigation is usually located in the header of the website, towards the top of the page.
Secondary navigation: Fall-back navigation aimed at providing some extra navigation items relevant to the users current position on the site.
Breadcrumb navigation: Shows the current navigation item, in addition to the previous parent navigation items.
Sitemap: A map of the hierarchy of all pages on the website. This is automatically generated on Synergy 8 websites at yourwebsitedomain.com/sitemap.

Dynamic navigation: Navigation which is populated automatically by Synergy 8. This type of navigation allows an admin user to alter which items appear in navigation menus through the CMS.
Static navigation: Navigation which has been hard-coded, meaning users who aren't acquainted with HTML will need to get in contact with a designer to change their navigation items.

Examples of Navigation on Synergy 8 Sites

We love seeing Synergy 8 websites with great navigation. Below are some common techniques for implementing dynamic navigation on the Synergy 8 platform. Coding navigation menus on Synergy 8 is explained further in other knowledge base articles.

1. Horizontal primary navigation with secondary hover drop down menus - http://www.strategies4u.com.au/

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2. Horizontal primary navigation with click to show secondary navigation - http://www.queenslandleaders.com.au/

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3. Horizontal primary navigation combined with breadcrumb and a secondary navigation sidebar floated to the right of the content area - http://www.charmhealth.com.au/about-charmhealth/

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4. Vertical primary navigation with click to show secondary - http://www.lindamcgowan.com.au/about-us/

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What's Next?

After deciding which navigation type is the most appropriate for your situation, see other navigation knowledge base articles for more information about coding each type of navigation.