Currently, I have my important product and information pages buried under two tabs in the top navigation: 'Products' and 'Information'. I understand now that I would be far better off pulling the important categories up into the navigation structure. Categories are sparse. In terms of widgets:
3 Product Categories:
-- Widget Calibrators: 13 products - each being a type (color): 'blue widget calibrator', etc.
-- Doohicky Calibrators: 3 products - each being a quality: 'budget doohicky calibrator', etc.
-- Misc Supplies: 5 products.
4 Informational Categories:
-- Widget Calibrating: 1 or more articles for each of the 13 colors. Plus many no-color articles.
-- Doohicky Calibrating
-- Widgets: 1 or more articles for each of the 13 colors. Plus many no-color articles.
My challenge is providing more juice to product pages, while weighing the fact that the informational pages are much more link-worthy. There is currently alot of cross-linking within colors. (Product "Red Widget Calibrators", article "Red Widget Calibrating", and article "Red Widgets" - all linking to each other.)
Would you go as far as putting each product directly in the side navigation? That's 21 products - that I could cut down to 15 (13+1+1). Would that be too diluted? Would I be better off with the 3 product categories in the topnav as tabs, with a drop-down menu for each category tab?
As far as the 4 informational categories, options are 2 or 4 category tabs in the topnav - or just 1 "Articles" or "Information" tab in the topnav.
Any ideas are much appreciated.