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Navigation & Interaction, Vol. 2 by Smashing Magazine

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Navigation For Mega-Sites

By Paul Boag

For most websites, navigation is not particularly challenging. A primary navigation bar, supported by sub-navigation, is often enough.

Typically, sub-navigation displays the parent, siblings and children of the current page. A persistent primary navigation bar shows top-level pages, allowing users to move between sections.

However, there is one class of website for which this traditional form of navigation falls short. It is what I refer to as a “mega-site”.

What Is A Mega-Site?

A mega-site is typically owned by a large organization that encompasses a broad range of services or products. The organization also often supports a diverse user base.

Organizations with mega-sites include institutions such as the BBC ...

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