Showing Visitors Where They Are

This blog design tries to keep the visitor informed of where they are. So often, visiters land somewhere in the middle of a site, having no idea where they are, meanwhile we as blog owners assume they're loyal visitors who've memorized our blog's structure, when in actuality they're just passing through. So, I've tried to implement some stuff to counteract that.

1) There's a "Current Location" section at the top of each page. It always tells what page you're looking at. If necessary, it includes paging links to let you move to previous or next screens full of content.

2) If you're browsing a category or viewing a post under a certain category, that category tab is hilighted to indicate you're under that category.

3) If you're viewing something that corresponds an item in the sidebar, that item is bolded and un-hyperlinked in the list.

4) I've separated the bookmarks (links to other sites) off into a visibly separate block, which is placed below the main navigation bar. Hopefully this will reduce any confusion that the links are links to other parts of this blog.

Comments:

Can you provide instructions for how to add features like these to a blog? I really like these features. I like your explanation of feeds as well.

Posted by Susan Weber on December 20, 2006 at 08:57 AM MST #

Susan, I'm currently helping on a project to provide some new blog templates/themes for <abbr title="blogs.sun.com">BSC</abbr>. We plan to implement some of these features in the themes, so that all bloggers can take advantage of them. We're currently working on what's possible and what would help bloggers the most. Watch this space and the blog users' alias for updates.

Posted by Greg Reimer on December 21, 2006 at 05:01 AM MST #

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My name is Greg Reimer and I'm a web technologist for the Sun.COM web design team.

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