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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.

 

Your community’s menu is what your members will use to navigate around your splendid content. It’s a staple of websites and apps which means that members have become trained to expect helpful navigation. 

In this guide we’ll take you through what you should think about when you’re mapping out your menu. 

Bottom Navigation

Our bottom navigation gives you and your members a static menu pointing to key areas in the Mobile App. The bottom navigation can include your Home section (Group Dashboard), Notification Centre, the member’s profile and your traditional menu.

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In addition to the bottom navigation, we also offer the traditional menu style you’ll have seen across online platforms. Before we get into the options you have for your menu, here’s some food for thought...

Menu layout best practices

There are a few basic menu design principles that you should bear in mind for your community. 

Minimising cognitive load: This is to do with the amount of thought your members need to use to complete a specific task. On a practical level it means not having menu items with overlong names, not having too many items in your menu and being consistent and obvious in what you call them.

TL;DR: Less is more. Keep your menu to a minimum. 

 

Hick's Law: The more choices your members have, the longer it takes for them to decide which is the right one and ultimately the less time they spend interacting with your community. For this reason we recommend a maximum of eight menu items (and really no more than ten if eight isn’t enough).

TL;DR: No more than 10 menu items.

 

The Von Restorff effect: Items that are different stand out. If you want something like your online store to be more obvious in the menu, change the naming pattern so it stands out from the other menu items.

TL;DR: Remember that items which look different stand out.

 

Serial Position Effect:  The first and last menu items stand out more than the ones in the middle. On your community menu the first item is the member profile, so this means that your last item should be something else really important (e.g. something like a store or VIP area).

TL;DR: Make your last menu item an important one.

What can I change in the menu?

  • The menu items
  • The names for the menu items
  • The order of the menu items

Can I change my community’s menu items myself?

Not yet. When you sign up to Disciple with our Mobile App plan you’ll work with your own dedicated Customer Success Manager on the structure of your new community. As part of this you’ll tell them what menu structure you want. If you want to change your menu you can let your Customer Success Manager know and they’ll submit the changes as an update. 

What can I put into my app’s menu? 

Here are the features you can include in your community’s menu:

Group dashboard

The Host feed

Community feed

One Feed

Livestreaming

Folders

Friends & messaging

Events

Immersive wall

Webpage

Support & FAQs

Group dashboard

This is the default screen that appears when you open the community (if you have a group dashboard set up). The group dashboard shows a list of the groups each member is part of, or it can show a list of deeplinks to other parts of the community. 

Something to remember is that you can only have one group dashboard in your community. 

Name suggestions: Home, Your groups, Find Groups

Can include more than one in the menu: No

Can be home page? Yes

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The Host feed

A feed of your content displayed as posts. You can create posts with texts, images, videos, gifs, polls, external links and links to other sections of the app. Your community members can like and comment on your content.  

Name suggestions: Official Updates, The Band's Wall, Simon Says​, Fred's Updates 

Can include more than one in the menu: Yes

Can be home page? Yes

Community feed

This is where the community members’ posts will appear. They’ll 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

Can be home page? Yes

One Feed 

This is a chronological feed of all posts from all of the groups members are part of. Pinned posts or ‘hottest’ filters can’t be added to the new one feed.

Name suggestions: Everything, All your groups, Home feed

Can include more than one in the menu: No

Can be home page? Yes

 

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Live streaming

Livestream videos directly to your community from your smartphone. This is great for event streaming, Q&As and live vlogging. Members can also post their comments and questions in real time.

Name suggestions: Live stream, Live video, Ask Me Anything, Live From My Kitchen, Q&A Zone

Can include more than one in the menu: No

Can be home page? No

Folders

You put your content into folders. Your content can be anything from image to documents (PDFs), videos, audio files and articles. Your folders can also contain folders that direct members to additional content. Remember that you can either put content or folders into a folder, but not both. 

Name suggestions: Media, Resources, Gallery, Library

Can include more than one in the menu? Yes

Can be home page? Yes

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Friends & messaging

This is a place for your community members to connect and send private messages to each other.

Name suggestions: Messenger, Inbox, Connections

Can include more than one in the menu: No

Can be home page? No

Events

Keep your community up to date with a calendar of events. You can add date, location, a wider event description and a photo. You can also link out to external web pages, such as ticket sites.

Name suggestions: Events, What's On, Tour, Calendar

Can include more than one in the menu: No

Can be home page? No

Immersive wall

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

Name suggestions: The Wall, More info, Pretty pictures

Can include more than one in the menu: No

Can be home page? No

Webpage

You can 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 community 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

Can be home page? No

Support & FAQs

Add an FAQ (frequently asked questions) section to your app to answer some of the queries your members might have.

Name suggestions: Help and Support, FAQ, Contact

Can include more than one in the menu: No

Can be home page? No

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