Chapter 7Navigation


  • How to move around in your site using server controls and plain HTML
  • How to address pages and other resources like images
  • How to use the ASP.NET Menu, TreeView, and SiteMapPath navigation controls
  • How to use ASP.NET’s routing capabilities
  • How to send users from one page to another programmatically


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When your site contains more than a handful of pages, it’s important to have a solid and clear navigation structure that enables users to find their way around your site. If you implement a good navigation system, all the disconnected web pages in your project form a complete and coherent website.

When you think about important parts of a navigation system, the first thing that you may come up with is a menu. Menus come in all sorts and sizes, ranging from simple and static HTML links to complex, fold-out menus driven by CSS or JavaScript. But there’s more to navigation than menus alone. ASP.NET comes with a number of useful navigation controls that enable you to set up a navigation system in no time. These controls include the Menu, TreeView, and SiteMapPath, which you learn about in this chapter.

Besides visual controls like Menu, navigation is also about structure. A well-organized site is easy for your users to navigate. The

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