Creating a Successful Navigation

Simple site navigation is key to creating a great user experience. Your navigation should help
users find what they are looking for quickly and easily.

Outline Your Menu
Keep it simple and organized. Group pages in a logical way, and keep in mind that the menu
should not have more than three levels.
See how this sample outline translates into a menu

1. Why Choose Us?

2. Our Programs

a. Majors

i. Option One
ii. Option Two
iii. Option Three

b. Minors
c. Master’s Degrees

3. Internships
4. Faculty & Staff
5. Student Organizations
6. Advising & Forms

example of a successful navigation menu with six topics three sub topics and three sub topics within the second sub topic

Limit the Number of Menu Items
The average person’s short­term memory can hold seven pieces of information (+/­ 2). To help users recall where to find things, it’s a good idea to limit your navigation to seven top­level items (or within the 5–9 range).

Order Matters
Put the most important items at the top of your menu. Site analytics can help you identify what users are clicking on and looking for, and help you prioritize what belongs at the top of your menu.

Department Specific Menu
Your menu should keep users on your department site. It can be tempting to link to an outside resource straight from your navigation, but that can confuse visitors. Instead, place links to other CSU, Chico and external sites in your page content. For similar reasons, avoid linking directly to pdfs or other multimedia from your navigation.

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