Content is only useful if it can be found. A robust information architecture to allow for expansion, and effective navigation to assist in the location of the required information, are both essential if the site is to deliver its information to the user reliably.
(http://www.gigaweb.com)There are a number of design considerations that should be clarified prior to developing or redeveloping a site:
|• What is the appropriate style and structure?|
|• How will the site be created and managed?|
|• How will the content be managed?|
When designing a site, you need to imagine how the visitor will experience your design. There are several styles of site structure and navigation which dictate how the visitor moves from section to section, and this movement is governed by the links and connections you have installed. Whether or not you obey the three-click rule (a widely quoted standard
‘Make sure that the user can reach everything within three clicks and less than a second speed and convenience transcend graphics and visual design. ’
Chief Technologist, BT
in navigation design, which states that the user should be able to get from the home page to any other page on the site within three clicks of the mouse) may depend on the content and style of your site, but your overriding aim should always be to get visitors to their intended destination as easily and smoothly as possible.