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Information about Site Navigation
This module allows you to manage the Primary Site Navigation for any Audience Type, or Site within the enterprise (including the main site). Typically, this module is reserved for the site administrator, to determine what navigation items are available within the site.
Best Practices regarding Site Navigation outline a “less is more” approach (meaning the more navigation offered in a site…the less organization.) Site Navigation shouldn’t offer links to virtually every page within a site, but rather “Categorize” similar or like pages and sections. This helps site visitors find pages which are grouped by their respective type or category. Too often, sites offer disparate links to unrelated pages within a variety of site navigation options, making it confusing for site visitors to find what they are looking for. To optimize what can be done with this module, consider site navigation as “Real Estate” offering various lots in which to develop. A simple site navigation section like “Media” could offer everything from distinct libraries of HR Media, Multimedia Media, Training Media, etc. Within each library, you can offer unlimited tiers of “Types.” Site navigation represents the highest tier of these types, when it comes to breaking down your content into easy-to-find elements.
Within the Site Navigation module, you can control a number of options:
1.) Name. The Name of the Site Navigation including the name as it appears in the site.
2.) Order. The order that it is to appear with other site navigation options
3.) Modules: What “Modules” live with that Site Navigation. (NOTE: You can have multiple modules living within a site navigation option, like in the example above.)
4.) Images for Site Navigation (for initial view, and when clicked on). (NOTE: This only applies when your site is set for “Image Nav” found within the Design/Color Schemas module.)
5.) Site Section or URL/Redirect. This attribute requires some explaining. This feature allows you to designate this navigation item as either a Site Section or URL Link. A site section would be considered an area of real estate (Example: A site nav section called “Media” which houses a number of modules or pages within it. This is considered by Oxcyon as a Site Section. ) If your navigation item would represent one of these, select “Site Section.” If, on the other hand, one of your site navigation elements merely links to another site or somewhere on the web, you can control this destination address directly within the module. This will cause the user to be re-directed to the URL you enter when they click on this on the site. (Example: A client may have another web provider managing online aspects of subscription. From the Centralpoint website, a user could click on “Subscribe” and be taken to the appropriate website which manages online subscriptions.)
6.) Homepage Text: This allows you to manage the text that is seen on the page, when a user initially clicks on that Site Navigation record. (Example: You may have a site navigation type called “Media” and under it their live a number of modules or core pages. When you first click on “Media” to see what else is offered within that section, you can display whatever you enter in Homepage Text.
7.) Access Level. This feature allows you to determine which user type, sees which nav item. You may only want registered users (having access to private content) to be able to access certain records. (Example: A client could create a site navigation section called “Finances” which gave only certain users access to online financial records. If tagged “private” public site visitors would not see this navigation section, whereas logged-in members would.). This offers an excellent way of managing different navigation options to different user types.
Tips and Tricks:
Image Nav Sizes: For an image nav, the images required in this module need to be standardized (the same pixel size, recommended 80 wide by 30) and require two images for each Site Navigation option (One for the normal view of the Site Navigation image, and the other for the view of the Site Navigation Image, once it has been clicked.) When clicked, the Site Navigation Image (Section) will offer all Modules, and Core Pages associated with that Site Navigation Section. Once you are done creating this site navigation section, you will want to go into Site Modules to ensure that they are related to the Site Navigation properly