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Navigation Options

Within Easysite it is possible to customise what the side navigation shows at different levels of the site. Here we outline a standard approach which works well for most purposes.

Navigation Types

There are many different ways of navigating through a website. Different navigation types are suited to different purposes - particularly within a large site.

For instance, the top navigation will usually show landing pages for the main sections within the site. It may or may not include dropdown panels with subsidiary links.

The breadcrumb trail shows the path from the current page back to the home page.

Any kind of ‘quick links’ section will just show a select few hand-picked links to popular areas of the site.

But there is more variability in what the side navigation shows.

For most purposes we recommend a contextual side navigation which alters according to where in the site you are currently located.

With the breadcrumb trail providing a clear path back the way you have come, and top navigation to the main sections, it is usually not necessary to have a comprehensive side navigation as well.

Default Side Navigation

Our default side navigation offering shows only the current page, one level of child pages, one parent page, and all sibling pages.


The screengrabs (opposite) show what is visible in the side navigation as you click through the site to lower levels (each grey panel represents the entire side navigation on a different page).

Each time you click to a new level, the top level disappears.

At all times you see only:

  1. Parent page
  2. Current page (in blue)
  3. Siblings pages
  4. Child pages

This keeps the side navigation relevant, and of manageable size.

Other Options

Other side navigation configurations are possible, but their suitability really depends on the size and structure of the site.

For instance, you could show all parent pages right back to the home page – but the breadcrumb trail usually does that job.

You could show siblings of the parent pages – but the side nav would quickly become huge and confusing.

For most sites, our preferred approach, as outlined above, is the best option. But if you have other requirements, discuss them with our UX Consultant or creative team during the design process.