Our website has many nested pages (more than 200) and we are asked to create a navigation that is not menu bar since it's so many. So I have designed an iframe, fixed on the left side of the screen, with a list fully collapsible and expandable, more like a table of contents. I also put a search field at the top, for easier navigation. Now when I present it to them, they said...

"The list at the left looked unnatural, maybe a list navigation wasn't the thing appropriate for this".

Are there any other way to make a navigation for lists with many nodes?

  • What is the nature of the website? If it is something like products with departments and categories then I don't see why a smart left navigation can't work.
    – Varedis
    Jul 13, 2015 at 7:39
  • @Varedis The context of the site something sort of a documentation. Imagine the official API documentation of JQuery.js or how the lessons on wschools are organized.
    – Gideon
    Jul 13, 2015 at 7:53

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I have seen horizontal navs with a great many options in them and they can be made to work fairly effectively

The example I have here is from "maplin.co.uk" - an electronics store that has many "departments" each with it's own set of 'sub departments':

Maplin.co.uk - complex navigation structures

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