Designing Easy-to-Navigate Websites with WalkMe

Designing easy to navigate websites is one of the most important factors in any user experience project. The more complicated the software and websites become, the more paramount it is that the flow and interface make sense and have some sort of linear logic to them.

Sensory overload is one of the most dangerous landmines when designing interfaces such as websites and software. Walls of buttons and menus can confuse users, and this is as off putting as a childish and overly simple design, if not more so.

There have been many methodologies and approaches for designing easy to navigate websites over the years. Various combinations of JavaScript, frames and even tricks with aesthetics themselves have been attempted. Unique fusions of Flash and AJAX have provided some sense of flow and logic in recent years.

However, from a design standpoint, these constructs have been nightmarish to maintain and implement, let alone update. There has always been something to be said for simple HTML and PHP interfaces, given the required no compiling or spaghetti entanglement of various APIs and libraries.

This puts web site designers in a precarious place, with the need for designing easy to navigate websites being at the top of their list, but simplicity and ease of maintenance been equally important.

It is serendipitous then that WalkMe understands the need for a balance between these two conflicting forces.

We have released a new and unique approach to easy to navigate websites that joins the simplicity of maintenance and design with the power and flexibility of AJAX and other media rich web libraries.

Originally designed primarily as a tool for designing walkthroughs and tutorials, this point and click programmable framework allows designers that have minimal programming experience to easily script and implement automated interfaces

Featuring powerful scripted events such as time to delays, controlled menu location in pop up functionality and a multitude of graphical components, WalkMe has constructed a framework they can make some very powerful web sites.

Given its initial design as a tutorial framework, our system makes it very easy to guide your users dynamically through the features of a website, allowing integrated custom searches multiple branch pathways and even intuitive analysis that allows your website to adapt to the user’s interactivity habits.

Gone is the need for a dedicated helpdesk to explain to users where various features or sections of a site are.

With this framework, your users simply have to click help and live generated menus will show physically onscreen where the user should go next to accomplish what they wish.

This powerful graphical interface also has tremendous potential for designing of browser based applications in the future.

The powerful and simple editor makes design in programming a breeze, and the attractive and diversified graphical libraries make designing and implementing powerful, multifaceted web applications absolutely simple.

Designing easy to navigate websites has never been easier, and as WalkMe’s framework continues to develop, the modern, media rich web concept will be increasingly accessible to even the most novice of designers.

It’s always amazing when an invention very purpose minded ones up solving a plethora of only semi related problems like this. Thanks to WalkMe, easy to navigate websites are no longer a rock and a hard place.

Danielle Arad
Danielle is User Experience Specialist at WalkMe. She is chief writer and editor of UX Motel, a blog for user expereince experts and professionals, and guest author on Usability Geek. Follow her via Twitter, @danirarad.