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When a user first visits my discussion site (designed for a mobile platform), I am using a long bar to contain first-time instructions. instruction bar

After they complete the registration process, this area transitions to a menubar because a registered user should no longer need instructions but rather a menu to navigate the.

menu bar

Is this an effective user experience tool or is it confusing? Is the appearance not unified? How can I improve this setup?

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Without seeing the rest of the screens, I'd have to say that it probably is good ux.

Giving users options that they can't use during registration is counter-productive, so hiding them to keep the user focused shouldn't have any drawbacks.

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