Some people prefer to use site menus and links to browse a site, while others prefer to search for specific pages. Search is a common feature of most publishing platforms, including Canvas and OpenScholar. At times, a site map or site outline can work well to provide an overview of site content. Providing navigation options supports different preferences and use cases.
- Provide a search option. Menus can be difficult to navigate and operate, while search provides direct access to specific information.
- Provide a site map. A site map can be a useful resource, providing an outline of available content and functionality, as well as direct access to specific pages. Note that it may be necessary to manually create a site map, for example, when using OpenScholar. If you choose to provide a site map, make certain to keep the map updated as you make changes to the site.
- Ensure all pages are readily reachable. Watch out for pages that are not part of the navigation structure of your site. When you create a new page, make sure it’s reachable through at least two methods, such as in the section menu and through search.
- Check whether your site has multiple options for navigation, including search and a site map.
- Are all pages in your site available through menus or search?