I've just taken on a new project and part of the project brief is that all parts of the site must adhear to the 3-click rule (ie, the user must never have to click more than 3 times to get to the information they want).
I'm interested to know if anyone here sticks to (or tries to stick to) the 3-click rule when developing websites/applications? If so, I'd love to see some example sites I can get navigation ideas from :)
Edit: And more importantly, do you recall ever using a website that used the 3-click rule? Also, have you ever stopped browsing a website specificly because it took too many clicks to get what you needed or had poor navigation in general?
What everyone else said. Personally, I think users should be able to shortcut to any featured or popular content, but at the same time be able to search the entire site regardless of what page they're at. The search box practice is pretty common now. Sometimes I'll be browsing through a site and find that menu/content categories are poorly setup/organized.
Whatever type of project I do, before I start drawing up a design or typing code, I'll sit down and try to find similar sites to look through and study. I'll take note of things that I would have done differently or wouldn't have done in the first place, or would have added. After that, I'll build on all the elements: from what I learned from studying other peoples work, the common things most coders/designers & users agree on, my own taste and tone, and of course the almighty knowledge needed to code/design in the first place. People always tell me they want a site like this or like that, but they really don't want a carbon copy. They want something better.