I am in the process of designing a new settings part for a section of our Saas. With my non-ux team, we are discussing wheter we should change the overall navigation of this section by removing the tabs and using sub-menu points instead.

For context:

  • The first part is one of the most used of the website which our clients use as well - it's a list of their devices.
  • The other parts (including the new one to be designed) are different parameters related to the devices (e.g. on-off timer);
  • In each page I see the list of existing parameters and can create a new one (e.g. list of timers).
  • All of these other tabs are used almost only by superadmin during the configuration process. So they are all relevant to the section but only for a specific kind of user.

Is there a better option in this case? I am stuck


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    Are you sure that you're not reducing the question to horizontal vs vertical menus? Are there any other affordances you need beyond the dimension of the menu? Think persistence when you switch parts: of the menu, of the content. Another thing you might want to consider: do you want to drive a resemblance to something users know well: maybe a paper file, which one would be closer to the way these are used in a domain that your users are familiar with? – mapto Sep 8 '20 at 13:49

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