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Taproot_Alex Romano

07 Sep, 2010 05:05 PM

Hi Byrne: I got your recommendation from Mark Simmons via Alethea for help with Taproot Foundation's site. Our goal is to fully integrate our site's navigation onto our Movable Type blog pages, so when a visitor is reading a blog posting they can also navigate to the other sections of our public site. Right now we only have the logo included that links you back to our homepage. Can we integrate the global nav?

Taproot has limited tech resources at the moment (and I'm certainly not an expert). We need assistance knowing what the scope of this project would be and what steps are involved. Can it be done externally with your help? How difficult should it be? What information is needed from our internal web developer?

Sorry if my Qs are still fairly vague at this point. Please follow up, and I can share whatever additional info. you may need to help us fully understand this project.

  1. 1 Posted by Byrne Reese on 07 Sep, 2010 06:35 PM

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    Thanks for contacting us. We always like to help out a non-profit when we can. So let's get started.

    Normally, when a web site is designed, at least when we design a web site, we work closely with a client to design the navigable hierarchy of the web site. From this, the main nav of their web site is easily derived. This design deliverable come in many forms, sometimes as an "information architecture" which looks a lot like a tree diagram (similar to an org chart actually). Or it might also be a simple text based outline. So if you have something like this, then please send it along.

    If not, then you need to think about what your main nav should be. This might be a hard process to do on your own, so you may want to call us, but here are some questions to help guide you in this process:

    1. What are the goals of your web site? Ask yourself this, "I would consider my web site a success if people who visited it did a, b and/or c." Think about the tasks you want your users to perform, e.g. "donate money," "sign up for a newsletter," or "create an account."

    2. What areas of the site are my visitors looking for? Challenge yourself to consider what they are actually looking for, without biasing yourself too much with what you personally want them to look at.

      Ok, that is not totally fair, because often you your goal by adding something to the navigation is to drive traffic to an area of the site - and that is perfectly fine. The pit fall I see many companies run into is adding links to areas of the site that do not directly help your customers/visitors find information to solve the problem that brought them to your web site to begin with, but instead drive them to areas of the site that simply have the most content (like an about section).

    3. Divide the pages for your navigation into two groups a) links/pages that directly service the usability goals of your web site and b) secondary links, which are important sure, but , e.g. about pages, job listings, etc. As a quick and dirty rule, I would place all "secondary" nav links into the footer of your web site. That way they are globally accessible, without taking of critical and valuable real estate.

    The above information might point you in the right direction and give you important things to think about, but let me suggest you give us a call at Endevver and we can help you through this process.


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