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How to make responsive Navigation on Complex Websites

The key to a user-friendly website is a simple and easy-to-go-through navigation system. Over a few span of time, I have been involved in building some very extensive and complex websites. Such large quantity of content and pages make it very difficult to make a website simple and agile. As lots of navigational pages are added, it becomes very difficult to keep the whole navigation responsive.

While you are working on a highly-complex website, the key to your success is to keep your client in loop and keep asking for his feedback during the design process.

After the design process is completed, before going to the technical phase, you need to understand fully what the project is about. To do so, the first thing you need to do is to conduct a research on your target audience. Only after the audience is determined should you move ahead with information architecture and wireframing. For instance, the website you have to make is about entertainment. You will have to do research on what type of content users look for on entertainment websites and based on your research, you will have to make sure that the content is placed accordingly.

After the audience research comes the most important task i.e. to discuss the website with your client. To better understand which sections of the website are most important and which sections are interrelated to each other is critical to make it user-friendly and easy-to-navigate.

The easiest way to manage a large quantity of content is to contain them into few relevant categories in the navigational bar. You might find some pages not related to the main categories so you will have to make supporting menus to accommodate these pages.

Integrate this streamlined content into your wireframes and conduct a users test. See if a common user can easily navigate through the website and find his desired page effortlessly.

Moving to interface design, you should create mockups for mobile version of the website. Make your clients understand that the mobile website has the same look as the web and there is no need to make a new skin.

Getting involved in the design phase is very important to come up with full-responsive website and to understand this, you must think like a user; how he thinks, reacts and surf. Making a responsive website is not difficult at all.

Some of the best ecommerce websites  

Online users don’t spend money shopping on the internet easily. For instance, if you go to a website to buy something and even before you select something, you have to answer so many questions (mostly stupid and unnecessary), will you feel comfortable to spend your precious money on it? Online shopping must be convenient and there must not be any troubles as most of us know how time-consuming and unpleasant it is to shop online.

The top online stores today, apart from the products, are popular because their owners went extra mile to ensure convenience of the visitors. Here is our pick of some of the best ecommerce websites as we analyze their design and other aspects.

  1. Currys: With extremely elegant design, it is one of the first large-scale ecommerce websites to accept fully responsive design. Either web or mobile, it offers really good experience while providing a wide range of products.
  2. A book apart: Unlike other websites relying totally on photos of large size to make their design look attractive, A Book Apart use block color brilliantly showcase their amazing series of “brief books for people who make websites” while the website being fully responsible.
  3. Starbucks: I was amazed to see Starbucks having such responsive website. Talking about its features, it contains are the essential features: cool videos about coffees on the homepage with latest news shown vertically. The store locator feature is pretty cool with elegant icons and it offers nice filtering of the content, for example, the type of coffee you need.
  4. Folksy: Folksy is an open online platform for British based designers and manufacturers to sell their manually made wares online. The layout of this cool website is pretty complex compared to most of the other websites but the it is highly responsive.

 

 

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