As you walk into a store looking for something you need you will inevitably use the store’s navigation system to aid you in finding your product:
See Also: Navigating Home Depot
A typical shopping scenario goes something like this:
Just like you look for clues in a department store, you also look for those same clues when using a website:
Navigation isn’t just a feature of a website, it is the website.
Navigation’s main role in a website is fairly obvious, it helps us find us what we are looking for. But, navigation also serves other purposes:
Putting your navigation in a standard place and using a proven convention will allow the user to locate the navigation more quickly and be able to use it more easily.
Typical navigation schemes include:
One of the ways that navigation can help someone not feel lost within the site is to use the “you are here” indicators.
These indicators can be as simple as using a page name and/or using the highlight state of your navigation to announce what page the user is on.
You: Great Mike… again, thanks for all of the screenshots. But, now how do I put all of this stuff together.
Me: How about we take a look at my example and we can talk about how I put all of this stuff together. Sound good?