Web Design and Redesign Workflow – Planning your website


Web Design and Redesign Workflow

Planning your website

To plan and organize your site effectively, you must do much more than determine what the site will look like and where the files will go. You need to examine the site goals and audience profiles. Additionally, you should consider your site’s navigation scheme. Careful planning before you begin site development will save you a great deal of time later.

Determine your site goals Ask yourself or your client questions about the site, and write down your goals so that you remember them as you go through the design process. A list of goals helps you focus and target your website to your particular needs. The complexity of your goals affects the navigation, the media that you use, and even the appearance of your site. For example, the look and navigation of a website devoted to archeology news should be very different from that of a website devoted to selling appliances.

Decide who your audience is This step may seem unnecessary, because most people want everyone to visit their website. Still, it is difficult to create a website that every person in the world can use. People around the world use various browsers, connect at various speeds, may or may not have media plug-ins, and use various types of devices to view Internet content. Because all these factors affect who uses your site, determining your target audience is a crucial step during the initial planning phase.

Conceptualize the site’s navigation scheme The site navigation scheme is a map that shows how your web pages relate to one another. Specifically, it shows how users travel through your site as they click links and interact with application interfaces. After sketching your site navigation, you can present the preliminary plan to your client or to members of your group.

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How to create a site map?


Site maps are becoming more popular as methods of navigating through a Web site. A site map is simply a list of links to HTML files in your Web project.

HTML sitemap is a page listing the pages of your site – often by section – and is meant to help users find the information they need.

XML Sitemaps – usually called Sitemaps, with a capital S – are a way for you to give Google information about your site. This is the type of Sitemap we’ll be discussing in this article.

In its simplest terms, a Sitemap is a list of the pages on your websites. Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that Search Engines (SE) knows about all the pages on your site, including URL’s that may not be discoverable by SE’s normal crawling process.

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How to create a site map?

Good site map practice.

  • Make sitemap as simplest page on your web site. Do not give a fancy name to the site map link such as “Site Navigation Tree” – keep it as “Site map”, this way your visitors understand immediately what you mean.
  • Avoid “dynamic” site maps. Those in which the visitors have to “work” their way to get hold of information. Remember, the reason visitors comes to a site map page is because they are lost. To make them work again for something that you can display as a simple static link will just kill the purpose of having a site map.
  • If the site map is list of <!––> text links be sure to use the TITLE attribute of the anchor tag and include keywords inside it.
  • It is a good idea to put a sentence describing the page contents below the link for that page on a site map.
  • A site map should not be the primary navigation on your web site it should complement it.
  • A link to the site map page is very important and all pages should carry this link. The site map link can be included with other links in the main menu on your web site or placed at a section on the web page

    from which is it clearly visible.

  • Other important aspects on a web site should complement site maps. For example, the link color for visited links should be different from that of non-visited links so that visitors understand which pages they have already seen and thus, save time.
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