7 Components Of Information Architecture
In my previous article, I have looked at some of the elements of content writing that you should be aware of. In this article, I want to talk about something different. I want to talk about all that you need to know about components of information architecture for content writers. Follow me as we are going to look at that in this article.
What is information architecture…
Information Architecture can be seen as a method of developing a plan and structure for the information that the website will contain. This allows you to plan how you are going to manage content on your website as well as the arrangement of the contents in such a way that users can find what they are looking for on such a website. Please note that the information architecture will allow you to understand how you are going to label and index a website. This will determine the exact locations where contents will be placed on your website.
Information architecture for a website can allow you to take three main decisions…
#1 Accommodating future growth
The very first thing that information architecture will allow you to do is that it will allow you to plan for the future of your blog or website. It will allow you to determine the resources that you need in order to accommodate the future growth of your website. Just imagine when Facebook or Twitter started, I do not want to believe that they started the way I started my blog. The reason being that they have a future goal that is bigger than mine. Zuckerberg was building a platform that is expected to accommodate people from across the globe. Therefore, they are busy invest in Data Centres to accommodate those contents.
#2 Website structure
Also, it will also allow you to make decisions about your website structures for the website. It will require you to sit down and determine the type of content that you will be pasting on your website. You need to decide whether your website will contain texts or videos or a combination of both.
You need to understand that when you are uploading direct videos on your website, it will occupy more space and it will be more expensive to sustain such if you do not have the required capital to sustain it. That is why you need to plan it well so that you do not start a project that you cannot finish.
#3 Type of content
When it comes to information architecture, you need to decide on the type of content that you want to host on your website. Just like I said earlier, the type of content that you desire to place on your website will determine how your content will be structured. At times, this will also determine where your content will be hosted.
Now the components…
#1 The sitemap
First and foremost, you have to determine the sitemap of your contents. This is one of the elements that will determine how the entire content will be arranged. The sitemap is a high-level diagram that shows the hierarchy of your website. Also, the sitemap has the ability to assist both humans and spiders to navigate your website and understand it better.
#2 Annotated Page Layouts
These are used to provide website directions for the website designer who uses a page layout for the website. This will determine where the Pages and Tabs are placed on your website so that users can easily find what they are looking for on your website.
#3 Content matrixes
This counts the number of pages in the system and also identify the web page content. This shows how the contents are arranged and linked together so that users can easily find what they are looking for on your website.
#4 Page Templates
The page element is one of the important components of information architecture for a website. It defines the layout of common page elements. The Page template will show determine where vital content will appear on a website.
The information architecture of a website will always make use of a user personae when the structure is being determined. This will assist the Website Developer to determine user accessibility. It will help to determine whether important information are easy to locate on a website or not. At times , some of them go as far as conducting dummy signup so as to understand the challenges users can face when they are signing up on the website.
It is also possible at times that Website Developers will adopt the use of storyboards when they are creating websites. Storyboards can allow the website developer to create 3D Stories that will walk users through the entire workings of the website. This will allow them to make their own inputs so that the entire process can satisfy all stakeholders at the end of the exercise.
These are the models of the systems which brings information architecture to life. Most times, you may have an imaginary website or real website that you are following in order to create your own ideal website. This will give you something to work with so that you will have a perfect website at the end of the whole process. Please note that the prototype will remain the minimum standard expected for the website. You will not want to create anything that falls below the standard you have chosen. It can only get better.
I know you might agree with some of the points that I have raised in this article. You might not agree with some of the issues raised. Let me know your views about the topic discussed. We will appreciate it if you can drop your comment. Thanks in anticipation.
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