Should menu be on right side or left side ?


Recently there was a discussion on “Whether a menu should be on right side or left side of website ?”

Traditionally the menu has always been on Left side of the website. As we tend to read from left to right. But recently the blogs are having their menus on the right side and also the designers were looking for some change and started putting the navigation on the right.

Now there is a new concept of Mass menu has come up in which there are a lot of links are given in two three categories which are easy to navigate and also looks stylish. This type of menu is generally used in E-commerce sites which have a lot of categories, subcategories and also products. But I personally feel having so many links on one page can also affect on the Search Engine ranking for the website.

I personally feel the menu should be on the top and sub menu should be on the left hand side. It all depends on your clients requirements. The menu should be easy visible and able to attract visitor’s attention when the website is loaded. Also try to design the menu using pure CSS rather than using Jquery or some other tools.

This topic is something on which we can keep on discussing. I look forward to know your ideas over this. All comments are welcomed.

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Things to be taken care of before approaching an website developer


Last week, I had a meeting with one of my strong prospect. The lead was a financial investment company. During the meeting, the client told me that they are looking forward to design and develop a dynamic website. So I had started discussing with the client on the functional part of the website (functionalities they would like to have in their website). The client said that they want 6 static and 2 dynamic pages. At first I thought that client is educated in this space and looks like they had a clear idea of what they want. Later I started asking them questions on their business so that I can understand it well and could design the system well and the client refused to give any information about it.

After asking a lot many times and trying to convince them why do I need to know, I got more information from them and that was 1. they need login page with three different categories and 2. What will be the content on the home page.

Client insisted me to provide them a rough quote depending on this information and I said I need more information to quote the project. They said that they won’t be able to provide me any more information on this and I have to quote on this information only and then only they will decide whether to work with us.

After having such a frustrating discussion, I decided to write a blog on things to be taken care of while approaching a web designer as you can see that the project cost is going to vary a lot depending on their requirement. We don’t know what will be there in the login part. They wanted 3 user levels so definitely all of their roles will be different and we don’t know how much data we need to process.

Things to be taken care of while approaching a web designer

1. Purpose of Website
2. Target audience of the website.
3. Goal of Website.
4. List down the different sections you want in your website
5. Provide information on your products and services you want to display on your website.
6. Provide information on how you want your website should work (If possible provide a rough flow chart or mind map)
7. Search for similar websites (functionality wise) and give their web address to your web designer.
8. Also provide list of website you want your website to look like (not necessary to be of same category)

Please feel free to reach me if you need any help. You can contact me on nikhil@ennov8-web.com or visit or website www.ennov8-web.com

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