These components present users with a predetermined set of paths to help them navigate the site. Users donít articulate their queries, but instead find their way through menus and links. Types of browsing aids include:
The main ways of categorizing or grouping a siteís content (e.g., by topic, by task, by audiences, or by chronology). Also known as taxonomies and hierarchies. Tag clouds (based on user-generated tags) are also a form of organization system.
Site-wide navigation systems
Primary navigation systems that help users understand where they are and where they can go within a site (e.g., breadcrumbs).
Local navigation systems
Primary navigation systems that help users understand where they are and where they can go within a portion of a site (i.e., a subsite).
Sitemaps/Tables of contents
Navigation systems that supplement primary navigation systems; provide a condensed overview of and links to major content areas and subsites within the site, usually in outline form.
Supplementary navigation systems that provide an alphabetized list of links to the contents of the site.
Supplementary navigation systems that provide specialized information on a specific topic, as well as links to a related subset of the siteís content.
Supplementary navigation systems that lead users through a sequential set of steps; may also link to a related subset of the siteís content.
Contextual navigation systems
Consistently presented links to related content. Often embedded in text, and generally used to connect highly specialized content within a site.