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Week 3

WEB/236

University of Phoenix

Instructor: Chris Miserendino

Navigation

Navigation is probably the single most important piece of a website and if it is not done well, the cascading effects can be disastrous. Navigational menus are not only beneficial for your visitors but search engines and spiders utilize the navigation on your site to create a road map for others within search results. Navigation is not limited to just having a pretty menu, it also encompasses handling pages that don’t resolve, maintaining consistency throughout your website and making it easy for your users to find things no matter where they are on your website. (What Makes a Good Website, 2008)

Web site navigation should never be complicated. A good menu helps visitors to find information pages easily. A good web page will also have a page menu links to other important web pages. Keeping menus simple on every web page avoids web page navigation confusion. The main menu options should be limited to 4 or 5 choices on each page, or visitors can easily be overwhelmed with too many choices! A sitemap page and a site index page are usually the most important web pages on a good website. Access keys are also a good web page navigation feature. Pages that allow users to choose the way they display a web page, improve accessibility and makes your site user friendly. (What Makes a Web Page Accessible, 2011)

Web Development Tools

As web technologies constantly advance, the skills a developer is expected to have are constantly increasing. Web users are beginning to expect Ajax interfaces, charts and graphs and a whole host of other tricks and features. This means web developers not only have to be skilled with HTML and a server-side programming language such as PHP or Perl, but they now also need to be JavaScript gurus, Flash experts, and skilled graphic designers. (Skirrow, 2010)

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