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linking to anchors on page, vs. linking to internal pages -- and how to do this at the "top" of each page


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Hi -- My website isn't public yet or I'd have included the link 🙂

I'm building a simple ecommerce site to sell my book: 

  • homepage with book/author/illustrator info, testimonials, option to buy the book, newsletter signup. The home page is very image-heavy.
  • internal pages for each of book/author/illustrator/testimonials, to provide further information on each
  • internal checkout page
  • internal contact page

I want users to be able to A) scroll down the page to see the basics (which they'll be able to do), but B) I also want the top (eg site header) links to push the user down the page, rather than immediately redirecting to an internal page. This is a common feature of many websites now, and I don't really want users to "have" to go to the internal pages unless they want more info  C) I would like for the internal pages (except for the checkout page) to be accessed only via buttons in the various home page content areas (book, author, etc). Which means the page links in the site header would be disabled.

A) -- done by default

C) -- I know I can disable the links in the header, but if I do that the internal page is not accessible at all (ie from buttons).

B) -- I know how to create links to an anchor on a page, but my understanding is that those sorts of links cannot be put in the site header. I could put them in a section somewhere else at the top, but that would just be confusing (and stupid).  And then I'd be looking at replicating that on each internal page.

Has anyone dealt with this sort of issue before (wanting the "main" navigation to send you down the page, not to internal pages)?  Do I need to give up on this idea?  Designers, under what circumstances do you like to use links to anchors? Do you think it's a big deal to immediately send users to internal pages (where they may get more info than they want) rather than sending them down the home page for minimal, high-level info?

I know, technical and design issues here... hopefully not too annoying!  😖

Thanks,

Carol

 

 

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Hi @CarolM,

If I've understood you correctly I've done a similar workaround for a recent client where the second section becomes a 'fixed header' and users can click on that to each section. 

Would that kind of thing help?

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HI Mary -- Thanks! That's a great suggestion and I'll keep it in mind for my next website (ha ha). Since this website is so basic I'm going to just stick to the default behaviors. The flow is working out nicely despite not following my original plan 🙂

 

Thanks again,

Carol

 

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