4. Normal Navigation
Keeping navigation as simple as possible is very important. Depending on what type of business you are running, its a good idea to look at how other businesses in your industry format their nav bar. That way people will have much less difficulty navigating your website as it will be displayed in a format they are used to.
What you put in your nav bar will depend on what your business does. For example, if you run an online fashion label, you might sort your navigation by the types of clothes you sell, which could make you nav bar quite complex, but still makes it easy for the user to find what they are looking for. If your a builder, your nav bar can be quite simple and include things like an about us page, contact page and services you offer.
The aim is: make navigation as simple and familiar as possible. For a simple to medium sized business, you probably need just a simple non-hierarchical menubar. Even a sidebar is a bit heavy-duty considering the amount of space it takes up.
But, what every website should have is a search bar. This enables even the most confused users to find what they are looking for. Even if you think ‘this website is too small for anyone to get lost’... you would be surprised. You can make a Google search widget for any website easily here.
The worst thing you can do is reinvent the wheel when it comes to navigation. If you have a brilliant idea for some animated circular navigation thing... probably don’t invest time and money into it. It will confuse people.