Creating a Storyboard
Many Web professionals use a technique called storyboarding. Storyboarding gives you a visual look at the layout of the site, and what type of organization you need to use. This will also give you a first look at how you want to build your navigational system.
A Linear Storyboard
The linear method connects pages one to another in an almost book-like fashion. The visitor has two choices: to move forward, or to move back... one page at a time.
A Hierarchical Storyboard
Hierarchical navigation models have a distinct top-down design. The idea is that there is an index or home page, and that pages branches to other main pages, on and on. It’s resembles a business organizational chart, with the most important person at the top. This gives the visitor to your site a sense of direction, and is a popular Web organizational model.
A Wheel Storyboard
The wheel method is like spokes connected to a main hub. The main hub would have links to all the other pages within the site; however, it does require the visitor to return to the hub before moving to another page.
The Complete Storyboard
The Complete method takes into account the dynamic nature of the Web and its ability to navigate anywhere at any time. Typically it involves a main or index page, connected with a sophisticated menu system that allows the visitor to access any portion of the Web with 2 to 3 clicks, and a single click will always take them back to the main page. This is the most widely used navigational method.
Once you’ve chosen and created a storyboard, you should have a thumbnail of each of the proposed pages within your Web site, and the file name for each page.