Beaverlog Tips: Volume 17 - April 20, 2004

Redesigned Web Site

A couple of months ago, the Beaver Creek Software web site was completely revamped. There is now a more consistant look and it is much easier to find your way around.

Two important criteria that drove the new design ware clarity and simplicity. The old web site, let's be honest, was poorly designed, looked terrible, and made it hard to find anything. The new look is much more visually pleasing as well as more logical in its structure.

Finding Your Way

We addressed the problem of navigating around the web site in a couple of ways. The first is the menu structure. It is now more logical and flows in a natural way from the general to the specific. We've tried not to put information too deeply buried in multiple menu layers but had to balance having too much on one page versus too many menus to find what you want. We think we've found a good balance.

As an additional navigation aid, all pages except the main home page have what is known as a breadcrumbs trail. The breadcruimbs are just below the beaver logo and shows you where you are in the site structure. It starts with Home and lists each menu path up to the page you are viewing. Each breadcrumb is a link (in white and underlined) to that menu level in the site hierarchy.

Using breadcrumb links works a bit differently than using your browser's Back button. Breadcrumbs will always take you to a higher level in the same path, either one or more levels back or all the way to the home page. Your back button, on the other hand, will take you to the last page you visited. This may be in the same menu path or it may be different since some links between pages on our web site jump to different path, not just a lower or higher level of the current path.

Putting It All Together

Much thought, time, and effort went into the web site redesign and we hope it works for you. We're eager to get feedback on what works and what doesn't work for you so let us know what you think.