Sketch out the big picture with a site map

4/5/2010

When most people hear the phrase “site map,” they think of a page on an existing web site with a long list of links to everything available on it.

In web design circles, a “site map” is a schematic drawing or blueprint of the intended site. This document looks a lot like an organizational chart and helps development teams determine the overall navigation and structure of an intranet or web site.

While many people sketch out site maps by hand or with diagramming software, more and more online tools are available to make this task easier.

An easy way to do this is by creating a site map with the IntranetFactory Modeler. There are a lot of pre-defined templates available that model common intranet navigation structures and content areas. What’s nice about the software is that it is easy to drag and drop components into your outline, so you can quickly think through each navigation element and edit quickly on the fly. This also sets the stage for creating online wireframes later.

If you haven’t already, sign up for a free account and start creating your high-level site map.

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