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    Greetings All:

    As my site grows, I find each section of my website expanding beyond my original dreams. I now need to implement a different navigational system, to ensure "ease-of-use" to the visitors when they come back to browse.

    What's the best way to implement an easier navigational system?

    I currently have 5 MAIN sections of the site broken down into the following areas:

    1. Articles, which includes:
    Submit an article, Most Recent Submissions, Author Directory, and Search the Database

    2. Ezines Directory, which includes
    View the directory, add your ezine, modify your ezine, what's cool, what's new, recommend us.

    3. Promotion, which includes:
    Advertising Networks, Subscriber Seek Service, Press Release Outlets, Writer's Niche, Meta Tag Tool, Search Engine Analyzer, and more...

    4. Features, which includes
    Comparison Shopping, Webmaster Tools, Database-Seek, Free Downloads, Business/Entrepreneur Help and more...

    5. Newsletter, which includes
    Announce Your Articles, Request Article Needs, Webmasters Needing Content Announcements, Signups, Free Newsletter Listings, Archives, and more...


    Now... as I find each section growing -- so too, are the MENU options for each section.

    The last thing I want to do, is list ALL the links to each area within my home page. Nothing looks worse, than oodles and oodles of links placed everywhere on the page. Talk about massive confusion!

    Is there a MENU SYSTEM that is available, which will allow me to create a pull down menu (like click Promotions, and a pull down menu shows exactly what is available via this section)...etc?

    Your HELP is appreciated, thank you!
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    Rozey...I might suggest using a dHTML dropdown menu setup.

    Something like on the Microsoft page?

    http://www.microsoft.com/ms.htm

    It would of course list your main categories, then when you "roll" over them, it would list the sub-cats. Just a thought
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    Or, if you want to keep it graphic and text based, and avoid the dHTML, you could create a menu down the left side that looks like this:

    Code:
    .----------.
    |__________| <--- Category Image
      - Link
      - Link
      - Link
    .----------.
    |__________| <--- Category Image
      - Link
      - Link
    How does that sound?

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    Originally posted by creole
    Rozey...I might suggest using a dHTML dropdown menu setup.

    Something like on the Microsoft page?

    http://www.microsoft.com/ms.htm
    Thanks Creole,

    How do I do this dhtml drop down like Microsoft?
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    Originally posted by Justin S

    [CODE]
    .----------.
    |__________| <--- Category Image
    - Link
    - Link
    - Link
    Thanks Justin,

    This would also work, but would also give me link overload too. I would like to stay away with showing all the links on the page -- and just show the categories.
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    Hello,

    No matter what navigation you use (and I would personally use Justin's for compatibility and true ease of use), always create a site map. These can be one of the most valuable tools for users to navigate around your site. I would doubly recommend it if you use the DHTML menus.

    Hope this helped.
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    Rozey...I would suggest going to sites like www.hotscripts.com and look for Javascript menu setups. Or find a site that you like the menu setup and took a look at the source code.

    Justin's way would be good to. As for your worry about link overload here is my thought on that. One of the reasons why people say that a page has too many links is that the links are typically not organized well. If you set them in a neat, organized fashion, then it would not appear overloaded.
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    Even though you might get link overload, you should keep away from fancy stuff because you might get browser incompatibility issues.
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    Wow! These forums are powerful stuff... Within a matter of two days, I have many opinions to help me along in my dire need to bring some navigational ease to my web pages.

    I really APPRECIATE everyone here, who has taken the time to share their insight -- and help make this task just a tad bit easier to overcome.

    It's networking at its best -- and I wanted to thank you all for sharing your views.

    I've decided to try the link boxes down the side of my web page -- and will let you know how it's coming along (and to provide a sneak preview) before I release it.

    Thanks again!
    From: Rozey
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    Yeah, we get that a lot.
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