The users need to find a specific page
Show a set of categorized links in the footer of every page
On any site with at least 2 levels of content it. In particular when the site is medium-sized so that there are locations that user ma often want to get to.
Add a small version of a Site Map
to the Footer Bar
. It does not have to be a sitemap exactly. It could also be an alternative set of categorized links, like LinkedIn is doing. It allows for a different organization than the main site's structure. Can be also combined with Breadcrumbs
just like Apple is doing.
The footer of every page is an area that is normally not heavily used. By putting sets of useful links in there users that have scrolled down the page can quickly move on to where-ever they have to go to. In addition, if it is not a literal sitemap but shortcuts instead they can be used to provide shortcuts to often used placed, regardless of where they are in the sitemap. In a way, the footer sitemap is similar to having a Shortcut Box
on every page.
they use it as a sitemap in miniature.
a totally different set of links is used.
A Sitemap on Every Page
A collection of footer screenshots