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Left-Hand Navigation

The left-hand navigation serves as a of table of contents for visitors to your site. In Ag CMS it is tied to the folder structure you set up for your site. Every once in a while, you might want to stop and take a look at what information it is, or isn't, providing to users. There are times when less is better to keep things clear and simple to find.

For instance, when you add items to a folder or you add an image, a link is created in the left hand navigation. If you add many items to a folder the list in the left column can get lengthy and detract from the major links, and it provides the same information that is on the main page.

In the example below, the LGT site uses the blog feature so their weekly updates end up in the middle of the screen and were also being added to the left navigation, providing duplicated information.

 long navigation

 

It can be cleaner, and easier for users, to exclude the items in the folder from the left-hand navigation. (For info on how to do that, see the appropriate How-To lesson.) The items can still be made accessible through links in the folder (or on the page or other display item). The left-hand navigation then becomes links to the major sections of the website.

In the example below, the duplicated items were removed from the left navigation. People can still search for information on the page by using the Google Custom Search bar (which is on every Ag CMS site) or through a Collection of six topic areas such as Flowers, Fruit & Vegetables, etc.

 cleaned up navigation

If you need help organizing the content on your website, please contact Bob Bertsch or Sonja Fuchs.

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