Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Why Adding Accordions, and Tabs Using JQuery is Great for Navigation


JavaScript is a language that is considered a "light-weight" programming language. As in, it can be a programming language, but not if you’re going to use it to create pop  up box's that show error messages (for example). That being said, it is a language that can give people a lot of trouble , and may perhaps take people a fair amount of time to learn whether they be learning the language by themselves or on their own.


The cool thing about this thing called JQuery is that it is actually a language built from another language, and all you have to do to access the language is link to it from your HTML page. JQuery is built from JavaScript. When writing it, you will usually find that it is usually what you want JavaScript to be doing in the first place (what you wish it was able to do) and it is able to do much more complicated things a lot more easily than what you would have to code up if you were just using JavaScript. Two things that are very popular in JQuery are accordions and tabs.


Now there are always a lot of different options when you are thinking about the navigation to your site. You can use drop down menus, side menu bars, top menu bars, images, images that display other images when you hover over them, and so on and so forth. There is obviously an infinite amount of things you can do when it comes to navigation bars on your web site because there is an infinite amount of things you can do when it comes to programming. That being said, accordions and tabs are always going to be some of your best options when it comes to navigation and displaying information.


Let's take a look at some of the main reason for this simple fact.



        
  • First of all, accordions and tabs just plain out make your site look like it's structured better as well as make it look a lot more professional. Your web site's style will have a lot to do with your conversion rate in terms of turning traffic into dollars, and navigation is a huge part of the style of your web site

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  • Accordions and Tabs can also hold a lot of information without taking up a lot of space. That is because whenever you click on one of the panels, new content will be loaded via JQuery and the other panel that was once open closes. This is an awesome way to display a lot of information if you have limited space

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  • Some of the most well-known web sites in the world use accordions and tabs to display their information. For example, if you look at the web site ESPN.com the biggest website on the planet for sports and sports news, you will find that their site is absolutely loaded with tabs and accordions

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  • When using tabs, you can give a preview of the page that the navigation link leads to by providing an outline of links that are listed throughout that page within the tab. It is something that is getting more and more popular, and something that is also great for SEO (search engine optimization). And if you are familiar with SEO, then you know that onsite SEO is just as important as off-site SEO tactics like hiring for link building service

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  • Not only do tabs and accordions look great on a web site, but they are extremely easy to integrate. You really don't have to know any coding at all. All you need to do is go to the website jqueryui.com, pick an accordion or tabs theme (or create a custom theme yourself), download the code, and then copy and paste it into your website. It's literally as simple as "123."





All that being said, the biggest reason you want to use accordions and tabs whenever it makes sense to do so is because it is something that is very simple for your visitors to use when it comes to navigating around on your web site. It provides a platform that is very easy on the eyes and also very easy to use. It doesn't confuse users, yet makes navigation easier and helps establish a nice solid flow on your website - which is what navigation is all about. I encourage you to give them a try.


This article was written by Philip Russell. Philip helps to run and maintain www.inetzeal.com - for which you can find free SEO pricing at any time. In his spare time, he enjoys writing articles that relate to search engine optimization and search engine marketing. He is also working on becoming a computer programmer and is in the process of developing his own string of web sites.



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