CMS's empower clients to easily create and update the content on their website. This doesn't mean that ALL content is editable within the CMS but the majority of content is.
A site map is like a floor plan for your site. Site maps give you a visual representation of the site's organization and how different sections are linked together.
For more detail take a minute to read - UX 101: The Site Map
An SEO sitemap is a way to tell search engines about the pages on your site. It's similar to a UX sitemap but much more detailed and has to be created in a specific XML structure. You'll learn more about this in your SEO class.
For more info review Google's page About Sitemaps.
The first step in making a site map is identifying the content and pages required for the site. Lets review the current Leverage Point Learning website and make a sitemap for it.
Spend 30 to 45 minutes, in small groups (3 or 4) or individually and review other car dealership sites. Identify the elements that you believe should be present in Farmer Jones new website.
Using your knowledge from reviewing the competition lets build an ideal site map for Farmer Jones together.
A wireframe is a skeleton of a page. It shows the priority and the organization of things on the screen and how users will get to other parts of the site.
For more detail take a minute to read - UX 101: The Wireframe
There are many tools available to create professional wireframes but the 2 most prevalent in the industry today are:
If you're working on smaller sites and a full UX Wireframe doc is not needed as a deliverable, all you really need is to spend some time thinking through and sketching your ideas until you're happy. This is also much faster than using any software so all wireframes should start with pen and paper and then move onto another tool if needed.
• There are a bunch of online tools available to create wireframes. You can get a good list from Sitepoint.
• I personally use Adobe Illustrator to do sitemaps and wireframe diagrams.
• It will be up to you as to what you want to use.
The Leverage Point Learning website has three basic wireframes.
Using the site map we created lets create a wireframe for the homepage of our new site together.
Now that we have a homepage lets create a product page to showcase his cars. Break out into small teams of 3 or 4 to create the product details wireframe.
We'll compare and discuss these wireframes together.
A local realtor needs a new website. Following the same process we did today you need to:
We'll be working on this a lot in class and you're free to discuss with others ask questions about this while working.
If you have extra time and have already emailed me the first assignment we'll be repeating the same exercise but in a different context. Choose any of the next options to work on.
In this industry we're constantly asked to create brand websites for everyday consumer items. How would you represent yogurt online? Note with this kind of site you're talking about the product but you can't actually buy it online.
The internets ecommerce darling. Create your own ecommerce store and sell some T-shirts online.
Create a portfolio site for yourself, how would you represent yourself online? You'll all need to create a site like this eventually.
Read chapters 3 and 4 of"Information Architecture - Blueprints for the Web"