Let's say you have a huge page that displays over 200 different varieties of flowers. Each flower is presented with a thumbnail image and a short description. The visitor can click the image or the flower's name to go to an entire page of content about that flower.
With over 200 images and descriptions this is a reeeeeeally long page.
All of the flowers are attractive, some of them are beautiful, some of them are interesting. Some are extremely popular but others are unheard of by the average person. Huh?
This is a HUGE page. If you list them alphabetically the ones above the fold might include some that are not quite as attractive as others and most will be unknown to the average person - because most people only know a few dozen types of flowers but botanists have discovered many different kinds.
We know that the site is visited by typical people who know about a few dozen varieties of flowers.... so.... do we place the most popular at the top and give the visitor a serendipitous visit that impresses them upon landing???.... or do we arrange them alphabetically to make it easy for the visitor to find the type of flower that he/she is looking for.
Let's assume that most visitors to this page are not botanists and arrive by searching for "flowers" or "types of flowers"....... or they are on the "botany" site and click a link in the persistent navigation with the anchor text of "flowers".
Alphabetically or by popularity (determined by what people click)?
Thank you for any opinions , ideas , thoughts. :-)
Edited by EGOL, 09 March 2014 - 01:26 PM.