Key User Paths Defined

Defining key user paths is part of the core process in development but only for sites that need them where one page must relate to the next sequence. If the site does not require the user to actually do anything task oriented (fill out form, log in, purchase, etc), there is no need to define user paths. But when performing tasks, defining user paths expands on the user profiles to create user scenarios like registering, ordering, searching, etc. involving backend technology.

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Wireframe

Wireframes are storyboards for the site. These are also referred as

  • content layouts
  • page schematics


Wireframes show a certain hierarchy of information but not dictate exactly how something should be represented. These are non-design-oriented sketches showing:

  • rough navigation
  • copy layout
  • graphic allocation
  • key headers
  • video/image layout
  • elements appearing on page

Wireframes should include a representation of all major pages including:

  • all content
  • navigation
  • media
  • functional elements
  • messaging
Having a rough idea of the content is a big plus, and it is the job of the informational designer to break it down into detail.
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Site Map

A sitemap shows a visual representation of the site’s structure, organization, flow and grouping of content and information; it can:

  • communicate
  • define
  • structure

It can also represent the entire project from a broad vantage point to many of the most minute details. It is a chance to view the site structure and organization as a whole. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool that lists the pages on a web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion.

Two types of naming conventions:

  • organizational/numeric naming – applying a numeric or alphanumeric standard to pages and sections of the sitemap : i.e. 0.0, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 etc
  • HTML naming – name of the pages in stand abbreviated form : i.e. index.html, about.html, etc so long as naming/abbreviations are consistent forming a standard
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