Help for Church Webmasters
Issue 14 07/05/02
In the last newsletter, I shared with you why I think it is not a good idea to use Rollovers in your navigation scheme. Those reasons include that it is too slow, the user knows when their mouse is over a button, and there are more interesting things to do with rollovers that will make your site unique. I also promised that we would talk about more interesting navigation schemes in this newsletter.
Before we do that we should consider what these “more interesting” navigation schemes will do to us.
A natural question is, with all these limitations, why would anyone use these techniques? It turns out that all these problems are easily overcome with one solution. A site map. Every page in your site will have a link (probably at the bottom page) to a plain html page that has the links for every page in your site. Very simple, very easy to maintain. But that simple page will allow search engines and users who don’t have the required technology to navigate your site. Sweet.
This site has a bunch of menus. A few are free, most you pay for. http://www.imint.com/index.html There are some really good examples and ideas here.
This is a fun one that I used on page that I developed for another church. http://popup.jscentral.com/ It is reasonably priced and works pretty well too. It has some unique features that are kind of fun (it moves down the page as you scroll down).
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