We really like you, so we're making it easier to find what you're looking for
Behind the scenes at SparkFun, we’ve been working hard on making our website easier to use (and nicer to look at). This evening we’ll be launching the first round of improvements. Over the years you've seen more and more content added to the SparkFun site, and it was time to take a step back and better organize and categorize everything to make navigating the site a little more intuitive for everyone using it. Below is a quick overview of what you’ll be seeing; we're very excited about the updates!
The first thing you may notice is a change in our top-level navigation. We’re replacing the current options to reflect what we've observed are the most heavily used sections of the site:
The next thing you’ll notice is the change in our product menu. We’ve replaced the left-side navigation with a mega-dropdown that will allow viewers to see more options at once. With a simple roll-over or click, you’ll have a snapshot view of a large portion of our catalog. Perhaps more importantly than the drop-down product menu itself is the recategorization we’ve done across our entire product line. The top-level categories are now Brands, Components, Development, E-Textiles, Sensors, Robotics, Tools, Wireless & IoT, Miscellaneous and Audio. From the top levels you’ll be able to narrow down your search to find what you need.
Once you land on any level of a category page, you’ll have options to narrow down your search. We’ve included direct links to any available subcategories at the top of the page, as well as the ability to apply filters (seen on the bottom left). Future plans include adding more filtering options like color, size, power capacity, etc.
In order to reduce clutter, we’ve essentially removed a layer of navigation and combined some resources. Most of the links on the “Learn” tab were heavily education-focused and have moved to our SparkFun Education website. This graphic should help you find what you need while we all get the lay of the land.
We hope you enjoy the new layout and features of the site as much as we do; let us know what you think!