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CreativeStable says
What is the amount of content on each of those pages? Can they be combined into one page with named anchors? Can Location be moved into contact page or similar?

There is usually quite a bit, but that might work in some cases. Creating tabs might work too..

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CreativeStable says
I found some great resources you might want to peruse: http://www.noupe.com/design/fantastic-information-architecture-resources.html

Thanks pal!

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Also consider the possibility to let the users know about the dropdown menu (in case you’ll stick with the top-level items without links). For example, a arrow pointed down. The user will know it’s a dropdown. However, I would go for the arrows, top level item with link and finally drop-down with the last content added.

I very much agree with this, and it is definitely something that is lacking with these designs.

What kind of content are you adding?
An example would be:
  • About Us
    • Company History
    • Our Team
    • Location
    • Process

Where the client does not supply content for “about us”, but everything else. My solution in the case would probably be to move company history into the parent, but sometimes it is not as clear as that.

@jonathan01 I love them, but sometimes it’s frustrating as hell. They are learning though :P I am doing a presentation to them next week on Form and Function.

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CreativeStable says

Hi folks!

I work for an agency as a web developer. Most of my colleagues come from a print background and we seem to be running into this same problem with every site we build. I’m looking for some pointers to backup my argument so that we don’t run in to this stupid issue anymore.

The issue: You have a website with a fairly complex navigation (dropdowns). You build the site so that the top level navigation item links to a page.

When the client supplies content to be integrated into the site, they only supply content for the pages within the dropdowns… not the top level.

My colleagues just want to make the top level plain text so you can’t actually click on anything unless you choose something from the dropdown. I think this is terrible for usability because a) dropdowns can be difficult to use and b) usually the top level is an overview of what’s in the subsequent pages and you expect it to be a link.

It becomes especially problematic when not all menu items have a dropdown… so now you have SOME items that are clickable and others that are not… which is completely inconsistent and confusing.

Their argument is that the user will “get it” because they get it.

My solution is to simplify the navigation and move some of the content from the dropdowns, into the parent item.

Can someone back me up on this? Does anyone have anything else to add to my argument? I am having a difficult time tackling this one.

THANKS !

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I mostly just take notes and doodle in meetings now… but I honestly REALLY miss writing and I feel like grammar and writing style has gone completely downhill. I have a hard time writing concisely and coherently… and for that reason I am planning to take some writing classes as a refresher :)

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CreativeStable says
congratulations… I like the name “Amy”

That’s my name :D

Congrats! 9.4lbs, that’s a big baby! I prefer more “new age” names like Aspen, Phoenix, and Jaden :)

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CreativeStable says

I already posted in this thread, but Im going to post again because this pic is pretty great :)

The girl on the bottom is one of our print designers, the middle is our secretary, and Im on top. This was at our last staff Christmas Party!

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CreativeStable says

dreamhost was definitely the WORST for me. I was originally using it ONLY for developing sites and it was unbearably slow (often timing out entirely)... and then they accidentally charged people thousands of dollars because one of their employees made a stupid mistake. It’s dirt cheap, but DO NOT WANT DO NOT WANT .

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I also use paralells and have it hooked up to MAMP and such. It has been great. I also have a windows machine at home that I test on.

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The agency I work at uses media temple, but personally I would choose hostgator over them anyday :) Ive used slicehost, dreamhost, 1and1, and a plethora of other hosts… and I still find hostgator the best, been using them for many years.

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