Blog 3 Pt. II

2. Construct blueprint diagrams illustrating the structure by which a user will interact with your web site’s components.  It is important to include arrows to indicate flow between various sections/pages of the web site.  Provide descriptions of the diagrams showing how the user will interact with your web site.  Describe what form of navigation it is (e.g., contextual, index terms, etc.) and what type of browsing it supports (e.g., hierarchical, polyhierarchical, etc.).  (Refer to Morville Chapter 12 for how to create blueprints.)

As the below diagram illustrates, the user will be presented with the site Home Page and from there they can select which area of the site to navigate to. The top navigation bar provides the most commonly access areas while the bottom navigation bar provides them with the less commonly used such as the Contact Us and Linked In and Facebook external pages. A search bar is consistently present on all site pages to allowing indexing and an effortless way to browse and search through the sites content.

The website follows a hierarchical structure with the home page being the “hub” of the website with the booking components linking to the Sign Up/Log In page. This Sign Up/Log In page, once data has been submitted, accesses the Member database and if approved will accept the user or create them respectively.

The site applies nearly entirely global navigation throughout the site which each page being able to be reached regardless of current location. This global navigation however, does not apply if the user is directed to one of the external sites as a new tab displaying the desired page will appear.

The use of the large and prominent heading links on the navigation bar is what allows the site to be classified as global. The selection of global navigation in comparison to local or contextual was intentional as travelers can use multiple services in succession if desired (i.e. they want to book a flight then hire a car from the airport). An advantage of this is the user has no need to go back throughout previously revisited pages which could prove potentially problematic in a booking system as well as allowing ease of access and site navigation though this isn’t to say that it is not possible to navigate further up the website hierarchy via this method.

Blue Print

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