WordPress Plugins: Why Use a Floating Navigation Bar
Navigation is one of the most crucial aspects of website design. Even if it is not obvious, navigation aids can make or break your website. This is more relevant to a website that hosts a lot of content or has deep hierarchies.
Optimum content organization has to be complemented with correct navigational aids to ensure that visitors to your website find the content they are looking for.
Most affiliate blogs and some small business blogs use the blog page as their Home page and landing page. Nothing wrong with that as it helps in SEO and your website gets more hits to this page. However, with long posts and multiple posts on the same page, navigation often becomes a problem. For example, a user reading the third or fourth post down the page has no navigational aids to go to other posts or pages and must scroll back up or all the way down.
In the above image, navigation in the left and right column ends near the vertical center of the page. As the user moves to the next post, the user will not have any navigational aid to go to a different area of the website.
But there is a way to make your user’s experience less tedious. A simple WordPress plugin can help you add a navigation bar at the bottom of your website where it is accessible to the user at all times.
Quick Navigation Panel
The Quick Navigation Panel plugin adds a floating navigation bar at the bottom of the page. This is particularly useful if you have a lot of content on your web pages, or have lengthy blog posts that require scrolling. With this floating navigation bar at the bottom, the users need not scroll back to the top to access the page links or the post categories links from the sidebars.
Compatibility: WordPress 2.8 or higher
Last updated: 3 May 2012
Download Link: http://WordPress.org/extend/plugins/quick-navigation-panel/
What can you do with it
This alternate navigation panel gives your website or blog visitors an option to navigate to the desired page from any location on the page. The navigation option is also very unobtrusive compared to the vertical floating navigation menus that tend to hang in the middle of the screen and distract the reader.
You have mainly two customization options: the first option helps you select the types of links you want on the navigation bar, and the second option helps you define how the navigation bar looks.
With the second part of the settings, you can either add a custom CSS file, or use the defined colors and borders for the navigation bar.
You need to think of each and every aspect of web design to provide an easy user interface so that the user may concentrate on the content instead of trying to figure out how to move around on your website. If you are using this plugin, or any other one for navigation, we would like to know about it. The great thing about the large WordPress community is that there are several plugins available for a certain task.
Stay tuned as we explore other unique plugins that can certainly make your user’s life easier, so that they can concentrate on your products.