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Usage stats from a small site with a site map at the bottom of every page.

65% is the number for usage of the site map. The stats are from Peter Van Dijck, while the report is from

I have used the site-map-on-every-page successfully as well. It works when the site is small enough (< 30 pages), it is already well-organized (ie, the structure that the site map represents makes sense), and when people may indeed need to jump around a bit (not a tour or an ordering process).

Buit I think it is most effective when the site represents a core set of knowledge that people want to cover most of, but may want to do it in their own way. The site map on every page lets users see (by the color of the links) what they have already read and what they have yet to visit. The site map is in essence a checklist of content at the site and the color of the site map tells them how far they are in reading it all.

And in these cases, the overall strucutre of the site should be the most logical path through the information. Thus the site map conveys one good way to cover the material, yet readers are free to deviate.

Added/Updated: February 24, 2000

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