|Designing your navigation scheme in this way presents your visitor with a clear and simple path to access all of the pages in your site easily and to do so quickly from anywhere in the website. Information stratified in this manner provides an efficient flow of data for the people who come to your website seeking some specific knowledge.|
Hierarchical Navigation Link Diagram
Hierarchical navigation is the most popular navigation model on the web
This type of navigation is commonly used by most webmasters and, as I mentioned earlier, is often referred to as Web navigation. It is a combination of linear and database navigation structures which are interconnected in such a way that they provide access to any page in the website.
A good example of hierarchical navigation is a sitemap. Proper sitemap construction insures that the links are arranged into a concise pattern by the webmaster and that they are easily accessible by the visitor. Any page on your website should be able to be called up easily, with a minimum of clicks.
The most common type of Hierarchical navigation system is the sitemap. Each page of a website is represented by a text link, in the sitemap, which when clicked opens the page it represents. A sitemap has the advantage of giving the visitor a birds eye view of the entire content of a website, at a glance, making it easy for them to locate the information that they are seeking.
The hierarchical method of website navigation is often employed by the use of multiple drop-down menus. Each of the main website sections are displayed on a webpage as a link. Then by clicking on the links the subsections and/or databases become visible via a drop-down menu.