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Global navigation

Every site has a collection of major sections. Whether those sections are made up of one page each or many, the global navigation is the way that users access those areas. In the preceding Figure 2-4 , notice that clicking one of the links on the left side of the page takes you to one of the primary areas of the site. This same global navigation feature appears in the same place on every page of the site.

Larger sites certainly need supplementary navigation, and so a larger site structure can have multiple levels. For example, the user starts on the home page, and clicks About Us from the global navigation, which takes them to the main page of that section. On that page, the user finds some basic information and a second navigational area that allows her to dig deeper for more specific information: secondary navigation. You may even have to provide subnavigation within those pages: tertiary navigation. If you're designing a site that requires supplementary navigation, make sure you place that secondary (and tertiary if you need it) navigation in consistent place(s) on each page. The secondary and tertiary navigation should also share a common look and feel throughout the site.


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