Responsive Navigation Patterns
What is Navigation?
Navigation is all about making it easier for users to find what they are looking for on a website. Generally, it consists of several parts used to communicate to the visitor about their future, present, and past we experience. So any navigation structure must answer the following questions every visitor has at the back of his or her mind when browsing through any website:
- Past – Where I was?
- Present – Where am I now?
- Future – Where can I go next?
The Importance of Navigation
In a mobile-first world, navigation plays a crucial role. It strikes a balance between unobtrusiveness and quick access to a website’s information. Many users consider it to be even more important than search. Indeed, users rely on navigation first as it is faster and easier for them to click on a link than to use search. From this perspective, any inconsistencies in navigational structure may result in users getting lost on a website. Read also: WHAT ARE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A GOOD AND A GREAT WEB DESIGN COMPANY?
These were some of the most common responsive navigation patterns. However, user needs and behavior are likely to evolve over time. So these patterns should also be permanently reevaluated. At Loonar Studios, we are aware of the importance of correctly handled navigation on your website. As long as you use proven navigation patterns, create clear architecture design, and perform testing, your users will have a great time using your site. Try to experiment with patterns listed above as well as with other patterns to check what works better for you. And as always feel free to contact us if you need any help.