Important navigation terms

page4's page management differs from its competitors in many ways. Hence some basic facts and explanations on what you can do with page4. This information helps and facilitates the work and the understanding immensely.

Before we should clarify some terms. A website consists of content that is normally divided into so-called pages and of navigation that contains links to the individual pages.

navigation points

Many users call the links in a navigation “Button“, probably because you can click on these links like a button or because many navigations are designed so that the links look like buttons. We refer to the links in a navigation as navigation points or simply as pages or as page links or page links. Navigation points is in our opinion the best term, since you can navigate to any content of your website using the individual terms (points) in the navigation.

levels of navigation

If you have a lot of content (pages), then these are usually thematically ordered. As a photographer, you probably have many different topics to take photos about. On your computer you arrange these photos in folders and subfolders. You can also do this on your website. In this case you have a main page and this main page has subpages with further content. There are two ways to display such dependency.
With the help of a navigation that expands and with the help of a navigation that is divided into two areas.

explorer navigation

When you open a navigation, the following happens: Clicking on a main page opens an area docked to the main navigation. It opens an area in which you can then see the subpages of the clicked page. Subpages can also have their own subpages. If you now click in the opened menu on a subpage, which has subpages itself, a further area opens, mostly to the right, which shows all subpages of the selected subpage. Such nested page structures are also called layers. And since we are in navigation, we call this structure navigation levels.

Shared navigation

In a navigation that is divided into two areas, the main pages, that is, all pages at the top level are located in one area and all subpages, that is, all other levels are displayed in a second area. Often the main level is arranged horizontally and placed below or above the header image and the sublevels are located in the sidebar on the left or right. If you click on a main page that has subpages, all direct subpages are displayed in the sidebar. If you then click in the sidebar on a subpage that has subpages, this page opens in the sidebar and shows all existing subpages, mostly to the right. So you can very quickly get to any existing page and then display it.

10 navigation levels

How many navigation levels make sense? Some systems have only 3 navigation levels. If you look at the discussions of the users of these systems, it becomes clear that this is extremely little. Especially if you want to make multilingual pages and already need the main level for the language selection. Other systems have an infinite number of levels. However, at the same time a very unfortunate page management, so that it is extremely difficult to manage the levels when a certain level is exceeded. Our system page4 can manage an unlimited number of levels of the technology. Nevertheless, we have decided to limit the number of levels to 10. This is a limit that is normally not exhausted by any website. So you should never reach your limits when it comes to structuring your pages.
In addition, you have to consider how your visitors react when they have to navigate through many levels to read a topic they are interested in. So it is very important that you think about the structure of your website and always keep an eye on your visitors, because for these visitors you usually create your website.