Consulting - Information Architecture
Understanding the information architecture of your website facilitates the following important goals.
- Separation of presentation templates from editable content
- CSS control of all styling
- Templated pages to share global-top banner structures and contextual navigation elements
- Identifying design and content elements that can be reused
- Identifying the main sections of the site, e.g.
- About the organization
- About the website
- Products, if a commercial site
- Subsections of main sections, e.g.
- About Us > Contacts, Mission, etc.
- News > Press Coverage, Press Releases, Announcements etc.
- Special pages, e.g.
- Member Directory
- Shopping Cart
skyBuilders will visit your web site, examine its architecture, content, look and feel, navigation methods, and overall usability.
Building on an initial site evaluation, our recommendations for information architecture will include:
- Design - Are page design elements reusable?
- Structure - Does content have intrinsic structure that might facilitate reuse?
- Consistency - Are navigation methods consistent throughout the site?
- Findability Analysis - Does the navigation scheme and search engine easily reach the majority of the site content?
- Usability Analysis - We follow Jacob Nielsen's top guidelines.
skyBuilders captures your site to our servers to examine its information structure. We then critically compare this structure to the navigation design. We produce a visual report of the links between pages. (We spider the internal web of your site.)
Individual pages are examined to evaluate the quality of the coding and its maintainability by content authors with minimal training. A major problem with elegant website designs is that page coding is far too complex, so changes must be made by expensive programmers.