35+ Web Site Navigation Design Showcase

December 18, 2012 · 16 comments

by Lars

Web Site Navigation Design Showcase

It can be really hard to attract traffic to a website. The competition is though and almost everyone know basic SEO. Conclusion is that you need to get as much as possible out of each visit. In web traffic/analytics language this is called bounce rate – the number of page views per visit. The higher the number the worse your situation is. It is hard to generalize and say what a good enough bounce rate is, but if you can keep it below 40-50% you’re doing OK. I’m not saying that navigation can fix your bounce rate alone and there are many other thing you can work with. However good and user friendly navigation may help users find what they are looking for if the entry page they landed on is not the right one. It may also invite them and create curiosity to go deeper into the site and just look around.

There are many ways you can design navigation and it can be hard to know what works well for your site. If you are not sure if your navigation works well and if user find it useful you may consider using heat maps to analyze what is actually going on. There is one important rule of thumb though and it is not to use flash and JavaScript to build the navigation. Reason is simple. Navigation should also be effective and easy to use for search engine spiders and further you don’t want to risk that some people cannot see your navigation. Typically I recommend customers to use simple WordPress themes for building websites that rock and if it is e-commerce site I think an Opencart theme or WordPress e-commerce templates is a pretty good option. This article provides a showcase of more than 35 navigation designs for your inspiration. Some of the examples have many photos in the design. If you want to build sites like this I recommend you check out some  photography WordPress themes.


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designzoom

finalvisual

stephan-siegrist

xhtmlthis

yellowboxstudio

templatesdock

runemolnes

clubofthewaves

thesquad

mitchdesigns

businesscatalyst

3sidedcube

racket

flextrus

vbg

delta

pancakeseven

harropdesigns

dodocase

ferix

simplebits

stacybias

detail-shoppe

gallerytopia

reallysimpleworks

mediskokochbar

centroraccoltarifiuti

alessandrogiammaria

bravenewcode

hostinglogistixs

tk-stav

confidencecoalition

gobingoo

conwaycowork

tulsastatefair

southboundfestival

ladeda

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