I'm trying to figure out the navigation for the forums area of my clients site.
I've turned on breadcrumbs for the forums menu item, but when I link to the Ninjaoard Index, I get a nice page title that is the name of the top forum. This is great, BUT, if the user goes down a level, and then clicks the top level forum title in the breadcrumbs...they end up on a DIFFERENT page. They end up on the page that they would end up on if I'd linked to the top level forum from the menu. It wouldn't be a big deal except they look different. One has the top forum name as the page title, the other has the MENU item as the page title (in my case Forums).
I hope this makes sense, but basically:
1. the user clicks Forums in my nav bar. Then they see the nice list of 4 sub forums, with the title of the TOP level at the top of the page, and they see recent topics at the bottom. It looks great.
2. Then they choose a topic. Fine.
3. Then they see the breadcrumbs and click the one that has the name of the top forum, the same name they saw on the first page of the forums...only when they click it, the do NOT go back to that first page, they go to a NEW view of JUST the top forum. The page title is different and the recent topics are missing.
If I put ALL of the forums up at the top level, then they don't show at all, so I assume you have to have one at the top.
I can post screen shots if you want, but this is just weird.
AHA, yes, you can even see it on the demo! Start Here:
Notice the Support section on the lower part of the page. Then click the "powered by nooku" forum.
Then click the "Ninjaboard rocks!" option in the breadcrumbs.
Notice anything? You're not on the same page you were on, even though you'd THINK that's where you should be according to the breadcrumbs.
If you click Zephyr (home) it DOES do what I want, but then you have this extra top level forum in the path. I can guarantee, the average user doesn't understand why that is there.
I'm not sure what to do except just make sure the home item is on in breadcrumbs and hope users just don't get confused by the different views...
And here comes my epiphany as I realize that the current format works GREAT if you have more than one top level forum.
This makes me feel a bit stupid for not realizing that, but then I realize, what if you don't WANT more than one top level forum?
So, I'd love the option to HIDE the top level in the breadcrumbs if there's only ONE top level forum. Not even sure if that can be done, but it would be nice to keep down the confusion when you only use one top level item.
Sorry for the long post, but sometimes you learn AS you're working through problems :)