Before you build your Web site, take some time to do the upfront chores that'll ensure you'll have a firm foundation.
Classification (taxonomy, categorization) is to content as mapping is to geography. It is an essential tool that allows the person visiting a Web site to navigate it quickly and efficiently. Without professional classification, a Web site becomes a jumble of content that is confusing and time wasting.
Despite its importance, classification is poorly implemented on a great many Web sites. The following are some of the reasons why this is the case:
Classification design is a complex and difficult process for the following reasons:
However complex classification is, it needs to be embraced. Here are some things to keep in mind when approaching its design:
Before the Web, classification was some peripheral activity that happened deep in the bowels of the library. But the Web is a library. It is a place where people come to quickly find content. Quality classification facilitates their doing that.
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