[thelist] general trend with primary buttons on drop down menus

Will willthemoor at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 13:33:16 CST 2010

Make menu item 3 link to a page that has links to all of your other  
items in that drop down. Some people refer to it as a landing page. If  
all of that nav item's subpages have sectional navigation linking to  
all of menu item 3's subpages , a redirect is fine. The point is to  
ensure that for anyone who does click on the top nav item, they end up  
someplace relevant and can continue to navigate the section from  
there. An awful lot of people with js and hover capable browsers will  
likely still click the main menu item.

I'm not sure it matters either way for seo as long as the sub nav  
items are actually links on the page revealed on hover as opposed a  
bunch of links inserted via js.

On Jan 22, 2010, at 10:21 AM, Bob Meetin <bobm at dottedi.biz> wrote:

> Will wrote:
>> Make the top link work and be a path to all of the other pages for  
>> users without JavaScript and/or :hover states (like the iPhone).
> Not clear what you're suggesting.
> With how Joomla dropdown menus work, each menu item, i.e. each  
> dropdown item, gets a unique menu ID.
> Top (always display) menu item (itemid 3)
> - Sub item 1 (itemid 4)
> - Sub item 2 (itemid 5)
> - Sub item 3 (itemid 6)
>   -- Sub 3 sub item 1 (itemid 8)
>   -- Sub 3 sub item 2 (itemid 9)
>   ...
> - Sub item 4 (itemid 7)
> ...
> 1) Generally speaking, do people know to select the top button if  
> there is a drop down menu?
> 2) Best practice for SEO?
> *) If I had enabled search engine friendly URLs I could possibly  
> give both menu items the same name, thus eliminating the SEO  
> question, but this is after the fact.
> -Bob
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