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    Senior Member visualAd's Avatar
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    I think this question fits best in this forum. I'm in the process of redesigning my site and I am stumped with the navigation. I would like it to be a hierarchy with sections and sub sections.

    This is kind of the way I want it:
    Code:
    +--------------------------------------------------------------------+
    |                              SITE NAME                             |
    +--------------------------------------------------------------------+
    |      Section      |      SECTION     |     Section   |   Section   |
    +--------------------------------------------------------------------+
    Home -> Section -> Sub Section
    +---------------+  +-------------------------------------------------+
    |Sub Sec        |  | Section Content                                 |
    +---------------+  |                                                 |
    |SUB SEC        |  | Some content here                               |   
    +---------------+  +-------------------------------------------------+
    |  SubSub Sec   |  
    +---------------+  +-------------------------------------------------+
    |  Link         |  | Section Content                                 |
    +---------------+  |                                                 |
    |  Link         |  | Some content here                               |
    +---------------+  +-------------------------------------------------+
    |Sub Sec        |
    +---------------+
    |Sub Sec        |
    +---------------+
    
    +---------------+
    | Left content  |
    |               |
    |Some content   |
    |here           |
    +---------------+
    • Top level sections will always appear at the top of the page in the main navigation bar.
    • Any non top level section will have a parent section.
    • A section will have 0 or more main content items.

      If a section has 0 content items, the content items from the parent section will be dispalyed.
    • A section can have other sub sections.
    • A section can have links which will be displayed on the left.
    • A section can have 0 or more left content items.

    The question here, is am I making this too complex and what is the best way to model this in a database?

    Thanks

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    The question of complexity is really dependant on scope. If this is going to be a personal or business site, then you will want to keep your design simple and clean. I wouln't go any further than (for example) "Home > Section > Subsection" or you risk overwhelming your audience. If however, we're dealing with a news or information site with lots and lots of information, then you can feel free to dive as deep as need be.

    Now, as to how you should model the database to reflect this, again, it all depends on your content...
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