For a responsive website where - at a set break-point - the primary navigation contracts to as single menu item that opens and closes the navigation menu (See the Starbucks.com site for an example) is it preferable to:
- a) Show the primary navigation option fully-expanded when first hitting the homepage. (Closed by default on all other pages)
- b) Show the menu contracted until the user selects it?
See this dummy-website example below.
My preference is B - As a rule Content is more important than Navigation, so provided the nav option itself is clear then there's no need to display the expanded menu unless the user selects it, however our client is arguing the case for A because they want to drive people into the site and feel displaying the menu would achieve this. Is it wrong to initially show the menu expanded on the homepage.