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Gaia Menu Bar (or Gaia's navigation system) is a site feature located between the header and the content page. It allows Users to navigate the site by using a drop menu. Upon clicking the desired location, the user is transferred to a landing page. The system has changed with each update and the current navigation displayed here is the most recent.

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HomeEdit

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Home; September 30, 2013

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Home; former

The Home landing page consist of...

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  • Gaians Online; this feature displays the number of users currently logged on to Gaia Online. It is below the navigation system and to the right of the page.
  • What's Hot module; this module displays the most recently announced news that is primarily site related. To the left there are three thumbnails, when these are clicked they display the full announcement. The module also has a carousel system that displays the announcements in a timely manner. And if the Home page is reloaded the announcements are randomly changed changed to keep it fresh.

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  • Community; is below the module to the left, it displays the most recent site announcements.
  • Featured; is below the module to the left, like Community, it it displays the most recent site announcements. These announcements are usually sponsorship related.
  • Gaia Blog; is below the module to the right, it displays the most recent Gaia Blog announcements.
  • Staff Notices; is below the module to the right, like Gaia Blog, it displays the most recent announcements about the site's development or changes. It was formerly known as Dev Notices and was seen below Spotlight and Featured, to the right of Popular Topics, each notice could be gotten to by clicking on the title.

For each, there is a View All link.

Top right side

  • Gaia Online advertisement; is featured to the right of What's Hot, it displays Gaia Online related ads in a small banner. They are click-able and lead to whatever feature is advertised at the time. See also Gaia advertisement.
  • Online advertisement; is featured to the right of What's Hot and below the Gaia-ad's banner. It displays advertisements that help Gaia Online with revenue. It will also display Gaia-ads when the purchase of at least 249 Gaia Cash is used to disable offsite advertisement for 30 days.
Defunct (These are no long present on Home page)

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  • Spotlight; was featured below the module, it displayed tips that may have been of interest to users. The [NPC] Moira was seen there in her 2004 design.
  • Featured Avatar / Aquarium / Car; was featured below the module and to the right of the Spotlight. This feature displayed Gaians who were chosen to be on the front page. It displayed the username, link to the profile, and the current avatar.
    This feature has been present since Go-Gaia and only made a disappearance as Gaia continued to grow. It was brought back around March 2009. Gaians and their aquariums or cars, can be featured by using a thread located in Gaia Community Discussion.[8] However, in 2013 the update to the home page resulted in Gaians being featured in the Daily Chance popup window and also in Gaia Online's Blog forum.

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  • Popular Topics; is seen below Spotlight and Featured. It displays up to five of the most popular topics of the site, these topics can be gotten to by clicking on the title. It is unknown if the feature functions by use of the Like/Dislike feature, which was announced in September 2010 and implemented in October.
  • Keeping the Lights On; was seen below Spotlight and Featured, and to the right of Dev Notices. It displayed up to four subjects that may have been of interest to users. Commonly they related to sponsors or site related features.

Top right side

  • Announcements; is featured below Online advertisement. It contains tabs for Community and Featured announcements, in each tab it displays up to six of the most recent announcements, these can be gotten to by clicking on the title. Below the announcements is the option 'View All' which take users to each of the respective archived forums.

My GaiaEdit

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My Gaia

The My Gaia landing page consist of...

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  • Friends; this feature displays the friends the user is in contact with, it shows the friends name, head shot, and current status. The status being online, offline, or their current location on the site. In the upper right is the option 'Find Friends' which take users to the Find Friends page, that functions by finding the users email. For each contact that joins the site due to referral, the user is rewarded with gold.[9] And to the lower right is 'See More Friends (#) | Online' this takes users to their friend list.[10] It was formerly located in the upper right as the 'Manage Friends' option. Slightly above this is the text 'Meet more people who are interested in' including linked text. These are possible due to the feature retrieving a user's likes and interest from their profile and matching them up with other users. By clicking these links the user is taking to the Global Search page for results.

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  • Notices; this feature displays a list of recent notifications. It displays up to twelve notices that can be clicked, and each are descriptive and contain icons. When a user is alerted to a notice, they are taken to their My Gaia page, the most recent notices are highlighted. In the bottom left is the option to 'See All' notices and to the right is the Notice 'Settings'.

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  • My Friends' Stuff; this feature displays random happenings that involve friends of the user. Such as birthday notifications, profile updates, and their site activity. It also notifies a user of items sold in the Marketplace.

Top right side

  • Gaia Online advertisement; is featured to the right of Friends and also at the bottom of the page, it displays Gaia Online related ads in a small banner. They are click-able and lead to whatever feature is advertised at the time. The Gaia-ads are replaced with Online advertisements once the option to not display them is over.
  • Suggested Content; is featured below the Gaia-ad and to the right of Friends. It is meant to show, as stated, suggested content that may interest a user. Though it overwhelming displays a list of Gaians to befriend. To the right of the banner is 'Edit Interest', which takes the user to their profile preference.
  • Status; is featured below Suggested Content and to the right of Notices. It has the option for users to type a small message (140 characters) to their friends, which will display below in a list and also on the Friends List page. It can be edited and cleared; it also shows the current time the message was typed. At the bottom is the option 'See more' which takes users to their Friend List.
  • My Stats; is featured below Status and to the right of My Friends' Stuff. It displays personal stats of a users site activity: Inventory, which has Items Owned and Last Change. Activity, which has Gaia Age, Forum Posts, and Guilds Joined.
    To the right is the users avatar.

ShopsEdit

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Shops

The Shops landing page consist of...

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    • Shops; is the starter page and will feature the font exterior of a Gaia Shop with a orange arrow stating 'Enter'. Clicking on the Shops button will cause the page to refresh and present a different shop. The middle of the shops page features Gaian avatars who are currently present.
      To the right is the 'Shops Directory' this list the shops available to access. As followed it is Apparel, Premium Items, Aquarium, Beauty, Car, Games, Home, and Luxury. (See) Shop page for the shops under these groups.
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  • Gaia Online advertisement; is featured to the left and also at the right of the page, it displays Gaia Online related ads in a small banner. They are click-able and lead to whatever feature is advertised at the time. The Gaia-ads are replaced with Online advertisements once the option to not display them is over.
  • Forums & More; is between the two ads and is a link to various Gaia forums, these randomly change from time to time.

ForumsEdit

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Forums

The Forums landing page consist of...

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  • Welcome to Forums - Join the Conversation; this is a banner seen to the left of the 'Search' bar. Below the bar are links to My Topics, My Posts, Subscribed Threads, and Saftey Tips.
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Displayed is the top link to the forums. They each have a icon that indicates the subject of the forum and when clicked lead to a page that fully displays the primary forums and sub forums. To the right of the buttons are the primary forums.

  • Hot Topics; "What's hot now"
  • Gaia Online; "Talk & learn about Gaia"
  • Gaia Community; "Meet your fellow gaians"
  • Gaia Gaming; "Games, goodies, & more"
  • Entertainment; "All things entertainment"
  • Artist's Corner; "Show off your creativity"
  • Partners; "Official Forums Hosted by Gaia"
  • Misc; "Forums for fancy people"


Main article: Gaia Forums

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  • My Topics | My Posts | Subscribe Threads
  • Who is Online? - # users. (# visible, # hidden, # guests).
    Gaia has # articles posted with # registered users.
    Most users ever online was # on Day Month Date, Year Time
  • Report A Hacking | Report A Scamming | Report Abuse or Harassment | Safety Tips

WorldEdit

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World

The World landing page consist of...

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  • Manga; a banner ad that leads to the manga landing page by clicking the "Read Now!" button. The promo for the banner is "Check out Gaia's storyline to catch up with our cast of vampires, ex-gods and talking cats."
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  • Download + Extras; is below hangouts, it is a link to the Gaia Downloads page. It's accessed by the View All link.
  • Gaia World Map; is below hangouts, it leads to the World Map page and displays Map:Barton Town map as the default. It is accessed by the Explore link.
  • Offline Events; is below the ad space, it leads to the Gaia Tours page which displays a scheduled convention appearances. It is accessed by the View All link.
Middle right side
  • Gaia Online advertisement; is featured to the right of hangouts, it displays Gaia Online related ads in a small banner. They are click-able and lead to whatever feature is advertised at the time. The Gaia-ads are replaced with Online advertisements once the option to not display them is over.

GamesEdit

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Games

The Games landing page consist of...

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Displayed is each game the exist on Gaia Online. Depending on what game is released, the page set up changes. Currently...

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Bottom
Top right
  • Gaia Online advertisement; is featured to the right of hangouts, it displays Gaia Online related ads in a small banner. They are click-able and lead to whatever feature is advertised at the time. The Gaia-ads are replaced with Online advertisements once the option to not display them is over.
  • A link to Prize & Joy and the text "Cash your winnings for rare Gaia items!" with the link text Trade in Tickets. Below this is a gaia-ad that will feature a game of interest.

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External linksEdit

  • Topic Coming Soon: Updated Site Navigation - Posted: admin Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:19 pm
  • Topic Check out the new search bar! - Posted: admin Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:08 pm
  • Topic Centered Site - Posted: Narumi Misuhara Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:37 pm
  • Topic Centered Site Live - Posted: Uncle Kenny Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:50 pm
  • Topic Navigation Changes - Posted: Zero Omega Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:35 pm
  • Topic Navigation Changes Live - Posted: Zero Omega Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:32 pm

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