# Web navigation should be persistent and consistent
Effective website navigation helps navigating non-psychical space. Given that the users will be moving from one page to another, the navigation should also be persistent and look the same throughout their journey.
Krug, Don’t make me think (p. 61).
Just having the navigation appear in the same place on every page with a consistent look gives you instant confirmation that you're still in the same site - which is more important than you might think. And keeping the same throughout the site means that (hopefully) you only have to figure out how it works once.
- Persistent web navigation may cause distraction
- Even though Web navigation should be persistent and consistent, web navigation can also be a distraction, especially when users have switched the way they think from scanning into focusing on a task (Websites should be designed to allow focus). When users are trying to focus on completing a form, for example, they may or may not intentionally click on web navigation therefore not completing the intended form. In the scenario where a persistent web navigation becomes a distraction, the web navigation should be kept to the minimum, such as just the Site ID.