docbird - 1:58 am on Mar 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
Some time ago, I was advised to read Tedster's articles on information architecture; Part 1 at:
- much food for thought. [A collection of links to classic articles on getting started with a website might be useful. I rather suspect this one would make the cut:
Indeed seems useful to plan website categories, as Tedster recommends, so can know where to place articles etc. Might not need to spread index cards around rooms, but surely helpful.
A bit like you're starting a library, without infinite topics. Handy to anticipate books, and set up shelves accordingly. As and when you start to get visitors, keeping the setup at least similar as content added should be helpful.
I use a cms (Drupal), which maybe over the top for anyone completely new to starting website.
- arguably over the top for me, too...
Hence, websites lack real directory structure; but still best to have a structure via categories etc.
Plus, keywords can be important, including for navigating around site, and helping interlink related articles. Here, too, surely useful if can anticipate the types of keywords that should be useful.