Tabbed Navigation

When designing a website, one of the most important things to plan is how to get around. Much like a business location is extremely important. When a visitor comes to a website they need to gain a sense of direction, where they are, where what they want is, and how to find what it is that brought them to the site. If a visitor can not quickly and easily figure out those simple things, you will most likely loose them in only a matter of seconds. How do you possibly keep those visitors from bouncing when you only have seconds to appease their need for quick accessibility? You give them what they are looking for right away! As soon as a visitor lands on a page they need to instantly know three extremely important things. Where are they? What they want? How do they get there? The easiest way to do this is to place your navigation on the very top of each page. Websites start at the top so make it easy for the visitor, have the navigation be the first thing they see. One easy way to do this is to style the menu with tabbed navigation, this way the menu is at the very top of the page and not obscuring the visitor from other important information the page contains.

Tabbed navigation is typically laid out horizontally across the top of the page, but it can also be done vertically on the side. If you decide to use the vertical tabbed navigation it is better practice to have the menu on the left side of the screen as the average visitor will look there after the top. Doing these simple things will help your visitors know where they are, what they want, and most importantly how to get there quickly and easily leaving them happy, satisfied, and best of all more likely to come back.

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