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Creating navigation paths for the Networked Enterprise Edition (BP)
This best practice provides recommendations to help navigate between workplaces in your Networked Enterprise. Within your Networked Enterprise ecosystem, you'll have many different sites. Providing your users with a seamless way to navigate between these sites is crucial to the overall experience for your end users.
Here are six tips to create optimal navigation paths between the hub and your spoke sites:
- Top Level Navigation: Within your top navigation include a link that directly navigates your user to the Hub. This will allow for quick access, global awareness and will cascade across every page within your spoke site.
- Bookmarks: Within your spoke, add workplace bookmarks to drive traffic to important areas of the hub. You can add multiple bookmarks to drive your users to specific areas. Just ensure you establish a nomenclature to let your users know that they will be leaving the spoke and entering the hub. Similarly, you can encourage your users to set their own personal bookmarks (from either the hub or the specific spoke).
- Call to Action (CTA): Leverage the CTA widget on the homepage of your spoke to drive attention to the Hub. You can also use this widget to highlight or feature content in the hub. Example - You just produced an article in the hub that you want to drive traffic to. Include a CTA within the spoke that guides the user directly to that article.
- Links Widget: Similar to CTA widget, you can leverage links to drive traffic from spoke to hub. Leverage groups within links to have curated lists of content. While creating these links, ensure you inform the user this is hub content. Where possible, have the links open in a new window so that the user still has awareness of where they are in the spoke.
- Linked Content: Within content, you can also hyperlink to hub content to drive awareness and traffic. For accessibility purposes, make sure you include descriptive language when hyperlink and try to avoid "click this link" or "here".
- Footer: Include a Hub link (or icon) within the footer of your spokes.
In the screenshot below you'll see how Workplace bookmarks were leveraged in order to provide a path from the spoke. We established a naming convention that informed the user they would be going to the hub site.
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