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This design pattern is part of the Mobile Design Patterns series.

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Description

A systematic collection of links of all pages of the website.

Advantages

  • Increases flexible navigation for users who are not familiar with the site map.

Use when

When a new website is launched, the audience visiting/using the website may find it difficult to navigate as they are not very well acquainted with the hierarchy of the website. This problem might be over come by designing a site index for the website.

Use how

Links of all the pages available on the website are available on a single page which is defined as the site index. For ease of use and flexibility to navigate the links provided in the site index may be listed either horizontally or vertically. The websites which have an optimized mobile version use the horizontal list when they have few pages to navigate, as shown in the following screenshots.

N95 Siteindex.jpg SiteIndex N810.png

Sometimes, an effective way of listing the links would be listing them according to the categories, as shown in below screenshot.

Siteindex categories.jpg

As the index page contains links to all the pages of the website, generally a normal navigation bar is not required on the site index page. The list of links provided on the site index page should be in a systematic manner - for e.g. alphabetical order, as shown in first screenshot.

United nations site index.jpg

Design Tips

  • To enhance the site index, a search box may be added to the top of the index, as shown in below screenshot. The user may enter a keyword in a search box which would return appropriate links from the list.
  • Advertisements or promotions may be used in on the index page if there is free space on the webpage as shown in first screenshot.


SiteIndex search.jpg


--Submitted by croozeus 01:18, 12 May 2009 (EEST)

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