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Organize Content and Simplify Navigation


This section discusses 2 important concepts related to the structure of a website on devices of every size.

Content Organization (also called Information Architecture) is the way information is categorized on a website. It typically involves a category structure (taxonomy) and labels. Think about browsing through a bookstore—clearly labeled sections (like Mystery, Nonfiction, and so forth) help you find what you’re looking for. Good content organization helps users find information quickly.

Navigation refers to how users move through the pages of your website. Elements of navigation include menus, tabs, headers, breadcrumbs, sitemaps, and “Back” or “Next” buttons.

It’s important to keep content organization and navigation simple and consistent. Users are typically topic focused.24,30 Organize and label your content according to your users’ needs, and make sure you use terms that are familiar to them.