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Why Navigation Design Is So Crucial to the User Experience?

Navigation Design

The most common problem users come across is – unable to find the desired content or features in the website or application.

Poorly designed navigation systems leads to more than 75% of usability problems.

The most common user problems 

  • I am not able to find what I am looking for
  • I am not able to get back to previous page
  • Where to go next now?
  • The link clicked earlier is disappeared

 

While visiting any website or application the users should be able to answer these questions?

  • Where am I?
  • Where can I go?
  • How do I get there?
  • How do I get back?

 

Characteristics of Usable Navigation

Good navigation is easy to find, the navigation menu should always stand out.

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Users have full range of navigation options to navigate from landing (current) page.

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Users should be able to find the menu option to navigate smoothly.

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Good Navigation always matches with user’s mental model.

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Usable navigation always provides users a navigation alternative.

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Usable navigational menus are not hidden to users they are rather self-explanatory

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The focus should be on most important links, the less important links could be placed in lower levels.

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Usable menus always behave in a ways where it meets the user’s expectations.

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Usable navigation works in all major browsers. Now days we have trend of responsive menus – A mobile-friendly navigational menus which works in all major device resolutions (Desktop, iPad, iPhone, smart phones etc…)

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