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Crafting a logical navigational structure is one of the most effective ways of making your site inviting, user friendly, and useful.  To insure that your site visitors can readily find pertinent information, 1) make your navigational categories clear, consistent, and descriptive; 2) ensure that visual devices such as rollover and flash effects are complemented with  accessible, logically arranged textual cues and pointers; 3) include a site index, map, or table of contents; and 4) consider embedding a site specific search tool.  Then, check your site statistics periodically to determine how users are actually navigating your site, and make ongoing changes accordingly.  Next, be sure to reconsider and update your navigational structure as your site evolves.  The nested menus and deep structures that wouldn't make sense or be user friendly for relatively small sites might make perfect sense as your site grows to encompass one hundred or more pages.  Finally, keep in mind that sites of every size will best support your business, your team, and your clients when they are organized in logical, easily navigable fashion.

Good navigational tools are important.

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Tag or Text Cloud Navigation

Tag clouds or weighted lists offer two main advantages.  First, when the text within the cloud is appropriately linked, clouds provide visitors with a convenient means of navigating your site according to its most frequently occurring key words or links.  Second, clouds provide you with a quick method of reviewing your overall site's main sections and themes. 

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Website as Graph

Sala's Web Pages as Graphs tool offers an excellent means of visualizing the overall size and structure of a website.  Comparing graphs captured over time can help you track the growth of your site, and examine its overall design scheme, content. and linking relationships. These days, the prevailing wisdom is that tables should generally be kept to a minimum.  Instead, use CSS for overall layout and positioning.


blue: for links
red: for tables
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images
yellow: for forms
orange: for line breaks and block quotes
black: the HTML tag
gray: all other tags