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Don’t Make this Mistake!

Written by George Manty  · November 30, 2006

The other day I was talking to my wife Jill about our Homeschooling Wiki and she mentioned how hard it was to find things on it. Being a computer programmer, by nature I am used to poor navigation and automaticly looking for a search box to find things. I told her that all you have to do is use the search button.

Jill explained that most non-technical people do not look for the search button on websites. Instead, they use the site’s navigation and our wiki’s navigation was very difficult. After talking more about the useability of our wiki, we decided to make some changes in the near future.

Then the next day we got an email from someone complaining about the site navigation. Well, that made it painfully obvious that we need to change the navigation as soon as possible. We looked at other wikis and websites, and came up with a few ideas. I am going to make the changes soon. One thing I have already done is added an A to Z article index towards the top of the wiki. That alone should really help with the navigation, but it is certainly not the ultimate solution.

Making your site easy to navigate is extremely important. It will increase the number of people who come back to your site, which in turn will help increase your traffic. It also improves your website conversion rate, and ultimately helps your site become the best it can be.

Always, always, always make it easy for visitors to find what they are looking for on your website. I have known this for a long time, and still managed to mess this up with our wiki.

Don’t make the same mistake I made!


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