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A good way to resolve questions like "What should be directly linked from the front page?" is to think about the site from the perspective of users.

Analysing user types

Considering each type of user accessing the site, and each type of content, you can ask three questions:

Revising navigation accordingly

Then you can revise your navigation so that each type of users can reach commonly-accessed content quickly and easily. Less frequently-accessed content should also be easy to reach, but does not need to be as quickly available.

Common revisions you might make are:

Your own site

Group exercise

In small groups, examine each other's site navigation plans (from the earlier exercises) in turn. The group should invent a possible user for the site, consider what content that user might want to get to, and imagine how they can get to it using that navigation. This may bring out problems with the navigation controls.