Introducing Tab Bar Navigation
DoubleDutch uses Tab Bar Navigation for our in-app user interface. Tab Bar is a standard in the industry, adopted by popular apps such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Yelp. It offers improved in-app navigation, user engagement, and discoverability of key features without changing any functionality to the app.
There are five menu options persistent on the bottom of each screen:
- The first two items, Activity Feed and Notifications, are permanent.
- The third and fourth items can be customized with any item, such as Attendees, Agenda, etc.
- The fifth item, the “More” button, leads to the additional menu items. Tapping on this button opens up a new page containing additional sections and settings.
Benefits of Tab Bar Navigation
The following are some of the benefits of an app that utilizes Tab Bar Navigation:
Optimizes Feature Discoverability
- The most important features (such as the Activity Feed, Notifications, and more) are now visible right from any screen.
Improves App Navigation
- Provides instant, one-tap access to the key menu items, which are visible on every screen.
- Easily switch to view additional app sections and profile settings.
Increases User Engagement
- Increased visibility to key functionality results in more user engagement.
- Direct attention to unread notifications, so attendees don't miss a thing.
Tab Bar Navigation Configuration in the CMS
There are several options and things to keep in mind when configuring your tab bar navigation menu for your app in the CMS, via the Layout tab:
Tab Bar Navigation Section
This section controls what appears in the navigation tab bar in the app. The first two sections, Activity and Notifications, cannot be changed or moved. Both Activity Feed and Notifications are crucial aspects of user engagement in the event app.The last two menu sections can be customized with any section such as Attendees, Agenda, Channels, Direct Messages, Custom Sections, and more.