Structure your website content and menus

Best-practice tips on how to structure your sitemap/menu hierarchy and design effective pages.

Overview pages

An overview page is any page that has sub-pages nested underneath it. These pages should help introduce sub-pages without too many distractions.

  • Keep overview page content brief (one or two short paragraphs)
  • Avoid too many links or buttons that take attention away from the sub-menu
  • Avoid adding forms, file attachments or signposts to overview pages


Sub-pages at the end of a sitemap branch (i.e. ones that do not have sub-pages themselves) should be designed to guide users to take action.

  • Add forms to sub-pages to capture people's details
  • Add file attachments to let users serve themselves
  • If you do not have a clear action in mind, add signposts to guide users to another section

Special pages

Your website has a few special pages each with rules about how to display content. These are:

  • Events
  • News
  • Resources
  • Membership
  • Donate
  • Forum

We recommend not nesting sub-pages under these sections as they can be hard for users to find.

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