Whenever you create a new HTML page, put it on a menu. This helps users better navigate your site.
We refer to pages that do not appear on a menu as orphans. As a web maintainer, you need to avoid having orphans on your site, in part because pages that do not appear on a menu are more difficult for users to find.
More broadly, orphaned pages degrade our navigation system as a whole. Web navigation always needs to answer two basic questions:
Where am I?
Where can I go?
Effective web navigation needs to answer these questions on every page in a consistent way. On IUP’s website, menus show users where they are by highlighting their current page (see the diagram to the right).
When a page is not on the menu, no highlight appears, and the question “where am I?” goes unanswered. When the highlight appears on some pages and not on others, we end up with an inconsistent navigation system and it becomes harder for users to navigate our site.
Put every HTML page on a menu.
There are a only a few exceptions:
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