Navigation Behaviours Type

 Preamble
Let's break down the various navigation possibilities.
 
 Do Nothing
Allows you to associate no navigation behaviours to the link. This option is generally displayed by default, when you create a new menu, for example.
 
 Display a website in a new window
If you want to propose links to pages outside of your website, you must indicate the addresses of these pages to our system.

Our recommendation is to open a new Internet browser, go to the page of the site that you wish to reference, and copy the site address to the clipboard.

Then come back to your administration site and paste this address in the "Hyperlink URL" zone intended for this purpose.

Because Internet addresses are extremely complex, there is a very high risk for error. Therefore, never forget to test the results by previewing your site and clicking on the link.

If you don't get the expected result, verify that you have correctly copied the address of the page in question. Don't leave "broken" links on your site. This leaves a very bad impression and will always result in disappointing your visitors.
 
 Display a website in the same window
This possibility is very similar to the previous option.

However, it allows you to stay in the same window. That is to say, it allows you to replace what is currently visible on your site by this new page. Be careful! This is an easy way to quickly lose a visitor for whom you have gone to great pains to bring to your site.

This is why, excluding several rare exceptions, you should favor the previous behaviour that opens the page in a new window and leaves your site, as is, in a background window.
 
 Display one of the site components
This is the most important behaviour.

With this behaviour, you decide that when a user clicks on an element, the products and services catalog, FAQs, or another component must be displayed. Indeed, this is what happens in the menu (vertical, horizontal, footer) system: A text is displayed, a navigation behaviour redirecting the visitor to a component is associated to the text, then just one click and the component is displayed!

By default, the behaviour will display all of the elements contained in the component.

You can also choose "Propose and element category" if you have defined categories for the elements in your component. For example, if you sell men's clothing and women's clothing, the easiest navigation behaviour would open all the contents of the component and would display the men's clothing and the women's clothing. However, you can specify that the navigation behaviour must not only open the catalog component, but must only display the men's clothing. By defining another menu using the same navigation behaviour that opens the same catalog component, but is limited to women's clothing, you have just created direct access to your two product lines.

You can also decide to "Propose a specific element". This can be used, for example, if you place a picture of a product on your home page or in a newsletter and you wish that, when the reader clicks on the picture, they are brought directly to the page describing the product.

Finally, you can also specify the "Display the search page" behaviour. In this case, instead of displaying the contents of the selected component, the system displays the page allowing the visitor to search within the component. This is especially useful for a component that is only slightly organized (very few categories) and that has many elements. It is not very worthwhile from a user's standpoint to be brought to the first 5 of 500 total elements. It is better to immediately offer a search method for your users.
 
 Display an image in a new window
This behaviour should be used, for example, to highlight a product using a large image that will not display in the site, but "on top" of it.

It is always preferable to display images on top of the site as soon as their size is, roughly speaking, greater than 50% of the width of the site. Let's take an example: For a site whose width is 1024 pixels, only 790 pixels are available for the data zone. If you try to display an image that is more than 400 pixels wide, you risk generating problems with the other elements (option list, "add to cart" buttons, etc).

In this instance, it is better to choose this navigation behaviour to display the large image on top of the site and not inside of it.

Note that the size of the window will be automatically adjusted to fit your image, which will be, therefore, seen in its entirety.
 
 Open a send window for an email message
It can sometimes be interesting to offer your visitors the possibility to contact you or one of your services. Be it by the intermediary of your contact component or directly on your home page, this navigation behaviour will ask you to specify the recipient's email (you or one of your associates) and the subject. All that's left for the visitor to do is to type their message and click on send.

Note: If you define a subject, the visitor cannot change it. This allows you to more easily organize your emails by knowing what page of the site they were sent from.
 
 Open a map with directions
You benefit from a map and driving directions service for all of the physical addresses defined in your site.

If you have retailers listed in your Partners component, you can use this function to help you customers find your retailers. If you are a sports association and your members have to go to the various sporting events listed in your Events component, you can use this function to help them find directions to these locations.
 
 Display a WebBlock
In addition to learning about this navigation behaviour, you can read up on the concept of a WebBlock.

To simplify, a WebBlock allows you to create blocks containing text and images that you can use to create a custom home page, your terms and conditions, a more exact description of your activity, etc.

You can, without any problem, navigate from a WebBlock page to a component and vice-versa.
 
 Display a WebBlock in a "pop-up" window
This option is very similar in principle to the previous option. However, it is not at all used in the same way. Let's assume that you wish to give additional information that will be shared by a whole line of products. Instead of recopying X amount of times the same text in each product file, you can use a behaviour that will open this WebBlock.

In this WebBlock, you can describe this line of products more thoroughly.

When a customer clicks on the link, they will be brought to a window "on top" of the site and the product file for the product that they are perhaps on the brink of adding to the shopping cart will be left open in the background.

In conclusion, this avoids 1) having to change X amount of times the information if it is used in X amount of products, 2) "distracting" the customer from their purchasing act by moving them around from page to page.

You can choose the size of the window that will open, but the position of the window will always be chosen by the visitor's browser.
 
 Display an uploaded HTML page
You have the possibility of uploading HTML pages that you have prepared on your PC. This is not something we recommend because these pages do not benefit from the context (look, menus, etc.) of your Actinic site.

If you decide you want to use HTML pages that you have prepared, this option allows you to select the HTML page that will be displayed.
 
 Display an HTML page in a "pop-up" window
This offers you the same possibility as the previous option, but is less dangerous in terms of the display results because your site will still be visible behind this page.

The use of this option may be considered for the display of a page provided by your supplier describing their products. This being said, it is much more preferable to use a PDF document in such a case.
 
 Open a file (.doc, .pdf, etc.)
You have the possibility of uploading documents in DOC (Word) format or PDF (Acrobat) format to your site.

This allows you, for example, to make the bylaws of your company available to your users or provide a user manual for a product that you sell. The DOC format is the most commonly used format. You probably already use Word to create this type of document.

This being said, it is not always desirable to make these documents available in DOC format.
  • The first reason is that Word is a paying software and not everyone owns it. A user that doesn't have Word installed on their computer will not be able to read your document.
  • The second reason is that the DOC document contains a frozen layout (such as A3 paper for example). If a foreign user opens the DOC file and this user lives in the United States, their printer will have a hard time managing the differences in format.
  • The third and final reason is that the DOC document is modifiable. In fact, you are sending the original document. Your competitors would then be able to easily download this document and use it as a base to create another document!
The PDF format offers the solution to all of these problems.
  • The PDF reader (Acrobat Reader) is available at no cost on the Internet (and our system automatically displays a link for your visitors where they can obtain the reader).
  • Secondly, it cares nothing for paper formats and always displays properly.
  • Thirdly, the format is read-only, thus cannot be modified.
This option allows you to handle the following extensions: "PDF", "DOC", "TXT", "XLS", "ZIP", "MID", "WAV", "MP3", "SWF", "MOV", "JS", "MPEG", "MPG", "AVI", "WMV", "PSD", "XML"
 
 Display the physical address
If you have defined a physical address for your company in the administration of your site, your visitors will be able to display a road map, ask for a better itinerary to access your store, print this map and even have the map and itinerary sent to their PDA or cell phone.

You can associate this information display with any of the elements that support navigation behaviours:

A menu element, an image, a text....you choose!
 
 Go back to the previous page
This option is generally reserved for use in WebBlocks.

This possibility allows your visitors to go back to the previously viewed page without using the icons in the Internet browser menu.

Set this option aside for use in WebBlocks when you really wish to direct your customers to the previous page. Otherwise, let them continue to use the browser buttons for this purpose, being that they are already familiar and comfortable with their use.
 
 Close the window
This option is generally reserved for use in WebBlocks that are displayed in pop-up windows. It allows your customers to "close the window" without using the browser icon, also available in the window but slightly less noticeable.

Again, don't overuse this function. Your users are often already very familiar with the icons of their operating system.
 

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