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Breadcrumbs and selected page

I have a unique situation (if there is another post here outlining it please link to me so I can remove mine). I have a menubar at the top of my page with six links in it. Each link will take you to ...
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Using the About page as a homepage

Would it work? Are there any reasons not to do it? I don't have much content since it's a small website with 5 sections (About, Products, Gallery, Downloads, Contact). Would it be recommended for ...
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Task-based vs topic-based navigation on travel destination-site

I've got a concept of a destination-site (about Paris) covering topics like: Hotels, Restaurants, activities, tripplans, and all other usual suspects. This topic-based navigation is the de facto ...
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Combining breadcrumb and selected facets/filters into one

Given a site with faceted-search, etc. I want to display the facets a user has selected, not only as part of the faceted-navigation controls (left vertical) but also at the top of the page. Showing ...
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If all pages are linked in a menu, should a back button be provided?

If full navigation is provided for every page of a simple site, should there be a back button among its options? Example Scenario: A mobile website has 4 child pages, all accessible via navigation on ...
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Elegant, simple and obvious sub-tabs?

I have a simple navigation setup that requires tabs and sub-tabs. I have the main tabs ready: But I don't know how to make the sub-tabs fit in and still be user-friendly. What's a good way to ...
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Is it advisable to separate the landing page from the home page of a non profit organization?

I am helping out an organization on sparked which wants a landing page on which a video will be embedded along with some descriptive . However I am not sure if it is advisable to have a landing page ...
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Use of Website Category Landing Pages

OK, here's the situation: A reasonably simple website with a primary navigation menu including drop-down list of sublevels on hover. Each navigation level may have 3 - 6 sublevels below it, none more ...
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Breadcrumbs: OK to use on mobile site?

Wondering if anyone has thoughts on using breadcrumbs as a method of navigation on a mobile website (for a content site). The breadcrumbs would show the heirarchy of the site as such: Site > ...
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What to call a first-level navigation item that helps guide various user types to different parts of the site?

I'm working on a sitemap for a client who has a number of different user types (each of whom requires varying goals and tasks associated with using the site). They are concerned that the various ...
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Should I reload only those areas of site where data has changed?

I think the rule is: Reload only those areas of site where data has changed. Don't fetch the areas where no changes have been made. The pros of this rule are: 1. Users will be able to examine ...
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How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu?

How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu? Should you only link to the pages and areas that get the most traffic? How should you think?
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Is switching to a selectbox navigation for mobile devices a good solution for complex menus?

An example of this functionality can be found in this site (shrink the browser viewport to see the selectbox navigation take over.) Is this a good practice? Wondering if anyone has any experience to ...
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Where do users expect to find the “create new account” functionality?

I'm developing a website where users will be able to sign in, and thus they need to be able to register. Is it sufficient to include the registration functionality (or link to it) on the sign-in ...
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Swipe to expand/collapse left hand navigation

My Android application has a left hand navigation menu similar to the Google TV left hand menu bar. I can programmatically collapse and expand it to make more or less room on the screen. In the narrow ...
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Mobile Website: navigation at the bottom of the page with an anchor link at the top

On a mobile site I'll be putting the main navigation at the bottom of the page so that the main content is visible without having to scroll past lots of navigation options. (As per w3c ...
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Is it ever okay to have multiple rows of tabs?

We're working on a UI at work and people want to have the number of tabs in a certain area be flexible width so that in certain situations depending on the title length and the number of tabs, the tab ...
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navigation menu for not an ordinary site content

Most of my past projects are rather simple in terms of navigation. A simple dropdown menu (Superfish, for instace) works with most of them. Now I have a project that requires content to be separated ...
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Is having a side nav and a top nav a bad idea? Why?

This is what I mean: The idea is that one navigation is the main one and the other one a second level. Is it a bad idea? If so, why? Also, which navigation should be the main one? I'm inclined to ...
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Scrolling vs. Pagination for a Mobile Order Form

Ok here is my windows mobile application for ordering system. As client requested i added a next page button (the button after the +). This turns a page with preferences of a product. However most of ...
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When is it appropriate to combine “help/support” with “contact us”?

Suppose we have a horizontal menu at the top of our website like this: products | pricing | help | login | 800-555-1234 When is it appropriate to combine help/support with contact us? We want to ...
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Please recommend Improvments to the SE Menu Structure

Over at Programmers Meta we are haveing a discussion about the SE Menu Structure. Someone recommend we ask the Pro's over here for recommendations. So, What could\Should be done to Improve the SE ...
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Design patterns for Complex Financial forms.?

I have a very big financial form of a budget, where it has lot of information spread across months of a year or future years. To just give you guys some background, budget is created for every year ...
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Fixed feedback tab on the left/right window border

What is your experience about using tabs/buttons that are fixed to the left or right on the browser window? (see an example to the right on this site) They are usually used for feedback forms or ...
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Is having a top nav and a left nav a good thing?

Look at http://www.gainsco.com. They have a top nav and a left nav. The top and left nav take you to the same places. To me, this is redundant, confusing and unnecessary. Is there a good reason to ...
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Do website visitors return to the homepage once they're inside the site?

I have been (unsuccessfully) looking for some research that supports / rejects (or even discusses) the hypothesis that: Once a user has entered a website a significant percentage of them do not ...
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Collapsing header / mega-menu

I have a website with a mega-menu. On the homepage we're looking for maximum exposure of the website categories (and we can spare the room) while the internal pages have plenty of content. So I've ...
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Global navigation - best practices

What are some of the best practices when designing global navigation menus that tie together multiple websites that have no common layouts, color schemes or typography? I've looked at examples such ...
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Profile for users and Page for companies?

My question is mostly about the name of it.A company to view their personal account options visiting domain.com/page On the other hand, users can see their personal account options with ...
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Tap to hover and double-tap to click?

One of the limitations in mobile design is the lack of any sort of hover state. This is especially problematic when it comes to tooltips. So why isn't the system one where: single tap = hover and ...
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Name for specific search form type for automobile sites

I'm doing a research on web search usability and interface design for search. I already have a website to exemplify, which is a sort of search engine for cars. The search form is important in the ...
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Global drop-down: Necessary?

I've architected and am now designing a site that has level 2 vertical navigation. It's featured on the upper left corner of all sub-pages EXCEPT for the sub-section "landing" or "main" page because ...
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On Android, how do you design a very shallow navigation?

I need to create a simple account section in my mobile app with 1-level deep navigation: ___ Register / Account -- \___ Login On iPhone, I'm using a grouped table ...
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How to explain to director that a multilevel dropdown menu isn't a good idea

My director and designer want to make a big drop-down menu on our site. Multilevel menu : | MENU 1 | MENU 2 | MENU 3 | MENU 4 | ...
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Dealing with navigation with mixed nodes that expand and collapse, some being selectable, some unselectable

So I am faced with an issue where I am saddled with an existing navigation that has nodes that are expandable/collapsable to reveal child nodes. No problem, however the issue is that some are ...
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Advertisement headers for a website

What are some good ways to incorporate a 728x90 ad into the header of a site keeping the navigation in mind?
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Navigation Bar, mixing links and buttons

I am trying to create a navigation menu with 2 functions in it... the website 'page' navigation links and 'action' buttons... sort of like this image ...
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What is best practice for designing a Persistent Navigation (or navigation that stays visible and fixed when the user scrolls)

Looking for best practices when designing a persistent navigation like below: NFL (the scores in the banner)http://www.nfl.com/ Facebooks blue header http://www.facebook.com/ Creatticas header and ...
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Better to use hover vs. click to display dropdown menus on main navigation of web app?

I work on a web-based medical records system. In the previous version, main horizontal menu employed ExtJS. It used the standard click to display the sub-menu found in ExtJS. I'm considering whether ...
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Is there a name for website navigation that uses anchors on a single page rather than linking to different pages?

I keep running across sites where the navigation paradigm is linking to anchors on a single page rather than linking to different pages. Some examples: https://banksimple.com/ ...
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What is the purpose of a website's homepage?

The title says it all really. While I realize the answer to this question is somewhat dependent on the visitors you're targeting, I'm wondering if there are any specific guidelines to follow. It's ...
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Too many navigation levels?

Do you thing the user workflow is too "busy" on the screenshot below? The idea is to bring a user through all the the tabs. The workflow would be: Use the main tabs (vertical or horizontal..not ...
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Detail page with different main-navigation dependent on inner-link vs. landingpage

Consider product detail pages of which some rank pretty good on long-tail keywords. However, some testing has shown that visitors often 'leak' to more general pages through the main navigation. ...
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Breadcrumb or tabbed form or best of both?

We have a web application that allows users to query a database. The results are returned in a breadcrumb style interface. We brought this change in at a new version, and our users have been ...
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When is a right-handed navigation sidebar appropriate?

When is a right-handed sidebar for navigation a good choice? If possible, I would like some examples where it has been used, such as this sidebar from Google's official blog.
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Suggested mobile approach to dual actions

Let's say that you have a list of books that you want to show in a mobile application. From that list you want someone to be able to either drill down to a chapter list, or go to a page showing book ...
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Intutitive way for user to navigate to a second window in application?

I have a 3D model of an aircraft in which the user uses to navigate to get to a specific parts. When the user hovers over a part the part is highlighted with a rectangle. When the part is ...
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Slide out teasers near the bottom of the page?

On more and more sites now I'm seeing what I'm calling "slide out teasers" appearing at the bottom of pages. What happens is I'm scrolling down the page and nearing the bottom, and then a small box ...
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Click Through Rate on Sticky Menus

Are there any studies or data that show sticky navigation elements are effective at producing click through, for example .... http://gawker.com/ I"m thinking about putting one in, but wanted some ...
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Drop down consistency needed on navigation on site header?

I am building a website which has a horizontal navigation in the header. Only some of the top level menu items sub-pages, so there are only drop downs on a few of the navigation options. I didn't ...