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How do I decide on my app menu?

This is a guide to help you choose your app menu items so that members find your app easy to navigate and use.

 

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You've got a name, great branding and you're well on your way to planning your content, now you've got to think about the best structure for your menu. This article well help you choose the order of and name your menu items. First of all let's look at some simple menu design principles (ignore the names, just read the meaning and you'll have an amazing menu).

Principles

Minimising cognitive load - this is the amount of thought you need to use to complete a specific task. On a practical level it means not having too long menu items, not having too many items, and being consistent and obvious in what you call them.

The Hick' Law - the more choices you have, the longer it takes decide which is the right one - for this reason we recommend maxing out at 8 and really no more than 10 items

The Von Restorff effect - items that are different stand out - so if you want something like your online store to be more obvious  n the menu, change the naming pattern so it's different.

Serial position effect -  the first and last thing sticks out in a series or menu stand out.  On your Disciple app menu the first item is the member profile, but it means that your last item should be a key menu item (i.e. not support or about this app, but something like a store or VIP area).

What can I change in the menu?

  • Which items you want to show
  • What they should be called in the menu
  • The order that the items are in

Here are some of the item that you can have:

Group dashboard

The Host feed

Community feed

Group/Hashtag feeds 

Livestreaming

Folders

Friends & messaging

Events

Immersive wall

Webpage

Support & FAQs

 

Group dashboard

If you have one then this is the main screen that is shown when the app starts, normally showing a list of groups or links.

Name suggestions: Home, Main

Can include more than one in the menu: No

 

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The Host feed

A feed of all your content displayed as posts. This is where your official updates will go. You can create posts with texts, images, videos, gifs, polls and link out to other sections of the app. Your community will be able to interact with your content by liking and commenting.  
Name suggestions: Official Updates, The Band's Wall, Simon Says​, Fred's (your name) Updates 

Can include more than one in the menu: Yes

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Community feed

A feed for your community's posted content, or including User Generated Content. This is where the community member's posts will appear. They will be able to post and  interact with one another by liking, sharing and commenting on each other's posts. Name suggestions: Community, Fan Wall, Members Feed, Community Zone

Can include more than one in the menu: Yes

Group/Hashtag feeds 

The other groups you have or feeds based on hashtags can have menu items (these can include subscriber only feeds or closed group that people can only see is they are group members)

Can include more than one in the menu: Yes

Livestreaming

Livestream videos directly to your community from your smartphone. It cab be used for event streaming,  Q&As and live vlogging. Users can send their comments  and questions in real time.
Name suggestions: Livestream, Live video, Ask Me Anything, Live From My Kitchen, Q&A Zone

Can include more than one in the menu: No

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Folders

This is where your static content is placed these folders can contain sub-folders. A folder can either contain either sub-folders or digital assets, but not both. There can be multiple Media sections in the app, that are named differently in the left hand nav. Within the Media section you can store images, documents (PDFs), articles, videos and audio (tracks). It's an ideal place to put courses, recipes, ebooks, and videos.

Name suggestions: Media, Resources, Gallery, Library

Can include more than one in the menu: Yes

 

Friends & messaging

Your app's inbox. A place for your community to add friends and send private messages to each other.
Name suggestions: Messenger, Inbox, Connections

Can include more than one in the menu: No

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Events

Keep your community up to date with a calendar of events. You will be able to add date, location, a wider description and a photo. You can also link out to external web sources, such as ticket sites.
Name suggestions: Events, What's On, Tour, Calendar

Can include more than one in the menu: No

Immersive wall

A full screen view that makes it easy to present to present detailed information using images, video and text. 

Can include more than one in the menu: No

Webpage

Add any website link onto your menu - this could be your online store, official website, or online photo gallery. The external link will be integrated into the app and appear to be part of it, using our web view function. 
Name suggestions: Official Website, Merchandise, Store, Blog

Can include more than one in the menu: Yes

Support & FAQs

Add a FAQ (frequently asked questions) section to your app.
Name suggestions: Help and Support, FAQ, Contact

Can include more than one in the menu: No

 

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If you're thinking about launching your own mobile community, please get in touch with us now.

 

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