Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Core content-model development, part of Mapping the Modern Web Design Process.
- To get the build process started, and all the tracks running, the development team needs to build the foundation for the content models. This means creating whatever structures are necessary in the site or the CMS so the content team and client can start inputting content and see that content displayed on the front end. If you're working with a CMS, this process will be made easier by creating a template map that corresponds with the information architecture of the site. By identifying what templates are going to power what pages and which content models applies to those pages, the development team has a clear plan of action to get the core content models developed.
Using WordPress and our imaginary business EET as an example, this would mean building out a template map that identifies the different custom polls types necessary and then creating the actual custom polls types as plug-ins or within the custom theme. Once the customs polls types are created, custom taxonomies and fields are added and front-facing templates are built to display the default content fields as well as the new custom taxonomies and fields.
By starting the data collection on the actual site the client and content and design teams can see what the content will look like on the front end and flag any development issues immediately, before the development team gets deeper into the process. Once the core content models are developed the content team can start adding and curating content, while the design team can start working with the real content and the real mark-up off the site. As of this point, the three teams will work more or less in parallel.
- Understanding what your users care about
- Creating user personas
- Creating content priority hierarchies
- Testing wireframes and interaction patterns
- Establishing a three-track build process
- Incorporating accessibility principles
- Using content blocks
- Testing and revising your web design
- Optimizing for social media and SEO
- Launching your web design
- Getting feedback from users
Skill Level Beginner
1. Web Design as a Process
2. Some Perspective
4. The Content Strategy Phase
5. Prebuild Testing
6. The Build Phase
7. The Test-and-Revision Phase
8. The Optimization Phase
9. Launch and Reset
10. Going Further with lynda.com
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