One of our current projects is to look into updating the page header area - that is, the area which currently contains the wordmark, local navigation and contribute button.
We want to make sure the page header area is as useful as it can be - both for the newbie who has never visited your wiki before and for the experienced editors. We're also keen on making the mobile and desktop experience feel a bit more connected.
We've been spending some time looking into what improvements could be made, and you can read much more about our research and findings on this Community Central forum post.
A test concept
As a result of this research, we've come up with a potential concept for how the page header could look:
The 'Search' option, after click - similar 'expanding' behavior to the global navigation search option
Though the layout is somewhat different, it retains much of the existing content - the wordmark, navigation and contribution options.
We think placing the wordmark top and center will help emphasise your wiki's identity, while the reorganised links should make it easier for a newbie to get to know your wiki. In particular, while the main links are hidden initially, you can quickly browse a wide overview of the wiki's content by clicking 'Read'.
As an initial test concept, it is not a final design (indeed, work is still ongoing on this concept right now) and it is subject to significant changes. We could end up going in a very different direction, as other concepts are being explored.
We're planning to test out this concept on the AD Wiki over the holiday break to get feedback on the concept and to obtain data on how it's used. No changes are needed, and it's very simple for us to switch on and off.
Thanks for reading, and feel free to let us know your thoughts!
I honestly prefer the bar that we have right. I think the new design that you're thinking over impletementing is just covering the wiki pages with menus. The concept is good, I just think it needs to be exceuted better.
@ShireenAD: when you say wider, have you any particular thoughts on how? For example: show more dropdown headings, or split the dropdowns to either side of the wordmark on large screens? Or another style?
I think at that point we might become concerned about pushing the page content down too much, as it's already a bit lower than on the normal page header.
However - just theorising here - I suppose if the other links moved to either side of the wordmark, the 'Read' headings could take the place of the existing links. I'm not sure if that would look great though.