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Content Management navigation

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Content Management navigation

After you design the hierarchical structure of the site, begin planning site navigation.

Consider the following as you plan site navigation.

  • Placing navigation elements on every page.
  • Locating navigation elements in the same place on every page.
  • Using either text or images for navigation.
  • Providing visitors with an easy way to understand where they are in the site, for example, with breadcrumbs or a specific color scheme.
  • Adding a site map, which is a one-page, hyperlinked, hierarchical outline of the site.
  • Providing a link to the home page from every site page, as visitors often enter the site on a page other than the home page.
  • Designing navigation to help visitors find information quickly with as few clicks as possible.

In the CMS, navigation menus define your site navigation. Build menus as navigational blocks to create navigation paths. The menu chosen for the task depends on the size and complexity of your site. Available menu options include the following items.

  • List menus
  • Two types of tab menus
  • Vertical, clickable list, usually placed on the left side
  • Horizontal blocks
  • Vertical blocks
  • Super menu (a menu of menus)