Designing, building, and maintaining higher education websites can be a daunting task. Audiences can range from prospective and current students to faculty, researchers, funders, and policymakers. And universities and colleges sometimes have dozens, if not hundreds, of faculties, administrative units, or sub-organizations, each with their own objectives, and sometimes with a distinct brand, tone, and voice.
We all recognize bad information architecture when we see it on a website. There are some signs that the creators didn't do a great job in terms of content structure and organization:
- Confusing menu labels
- Haphazard topic organization
- Critical information and actions jumbled in with general news and marketing copy
- Site searches that return useless, obsolete information
While it's frustrating to come across these issues on someone else's website, it feels much worse when we realize we've made those mistakes ourselves.
Find out how to organize, classify, and relate pieces of content together using the Taxonomy module in Drupal core.