SIGIA-L Mail Archives: [Sigia-l] landing page vs. no landing page
[Sigia-l] landing page vs. no landing page
I have used lead-in pages to 'consistentise' site structure quite often.
The text doesn't have to be fluff - it can be a valuable summary of the
pages to come, such that the end user knows what is coming, and can
decide whether it is worth their while clicking through or not. I don't
want to start another heated definitional argument, but if IA isn't
about getting end users to the information that they need (or think they
need), then what is its use? :)
This works in much the same way as stem sentances on bulleted lists -
they help the end user to retain context.
I can't quote research on this, perhaps someone else can, this is just
what has worked for me and the rest of the team over a period of years
(regardless of navigation mechanism).
Hilary Marsh wrote:
> I hope it's okay that I ask a pedantic question. I'm not an IA, but
> sometimes on small projects do IA work in addition to my usual content
> strategy and management services.
> I'm working on the website for a nonprofit organization. The
> organization's current site uses rollovers, so the user sees the
> top-level nav categories but can only go to the second-level content.
> (I.e., the top-level category is "areas of interest" and when you
> mouse over that, you see the areas -- arts, environment, etc. --
> "areas" is not a link but the things under it are.)
> One category -- "about us," of course -- has a page labeled
> "introduction," which is effectively the landing page for that
> section. It's the only section that has such a page. (And why is
> "about us" always the problem-child section, anyway? I've encountered
> this on almost every site I've worked on.)
> I usually try to make navigation consistent, in that sections either
> have landing pages -- which often requires writing static fluff
> content that no one reads or cares about -- or not have them -- which
> results in the occasional "introduction" page.
> How do you all feel about this? I look forward to your input.
> Many thanks,
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