Find Your Way Using the New Global Menu

The new global menu is visible across all sites in the new template. It replaces the mega footer seen in the old central template.

Mega footer used in old website template

Mega footer used in old website template

The menu launched at the same time as the new external homepage. In its first iteration it was static. Each menu item linked through to a landing page containing links to further content relevant to the section. For example, take the Study landing page which links through to the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and International sites, among others.

Menu behaviour on desktop

We developed the second dynamic iteration of the menu to reduce clicks. On desktop you can hover over each menu item to open a sub-menu with links to relevant sites.

Global menu on desktop screens

Global menu on desktop screens

The global menu is accessible. Keyboard access is achieved using the tab key to move through each menu item. Pressing on the down arrow on the keyboard will open the sub-menus.

Menu behaviour on mobile

When using the website on a touch based device the global menu loses the sub-menus. When you tap any item in the menu it takes you to a landing page that has similar links to those found on the sub-menu for that section.

Global menu on mobile devices

Global menu on mobile devices

Further development

This is not the end for development of the global menu, we’re testing how it is used to inform the next steps of development. This iterative process is a method we’re starting to use to approach development across the whole site.

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2 thoughts on “Find Your Way Using the New Global Menu

  1. I think that it is very confusing and not particularly useful to have this Global menu always at the top of the pages. Once someone has found their way to a particular subject’s site, they are most likely to want to stay there and navigate within the subject’s site. To have the global menu means that they are likely to click on that rather than the navigation bar for the subject.

    The NCL lion logo surely would suffice as a link to take someone back to the NCL home page and menu?

  2. Thanks for your feedback Richard. We’re tracking how people actually use the global menu through analytics. We’ll also be doing some further user testing following feedback we’ve had about the menu. The template development is an iterative process and we’ll make changes based on evidence.

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