Content disasters are bad—duh. Organization disasters are badder—double duh. Continuing our riveting discussion from yesterday, we’re now going to analyze a bit of organization structures and what exactly it is that sets them apart from organization schemes.


Structurally Sound

While organization schemes help us to keep content in its specific realm, organization structures actually do the same thing but for the content being discussed, but they do so with respect to the location of content on a website; when they are done right, such “sustainable structures” are also known as the end result of reaffirming the site’s architecture. Many times websites do not consider content expansion and advancement, often rendering the site useless upon the introduction of newer upgrades.


Structurally Complex

Well, let’s see what we’ve got.

  • Hierarchical structures: These take the “parent/child” relationship, allowing for it to be relatively user-specific and guided by the navigator.

Example of Hierarchical Structure

  • Sequential structures: These take the “step-by-step” relationship, keeping a very consistent and anticipated approach that limits the navigator’s path.

Example of Sequential Structure

  • Matrix structures: These take the “have it your way” relationship, allowing for it to be entirely user-specific and guided by the navigator.

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Feeling a Tad Curious?

Duhhh. Well, check out the original usability.gov website for additional website content galore.


Sources

Go ahead and explore these useful links that were referenced throughout the post:

http://www.usability.gov/how-to-and-tools/methods/organization-structures.html

http://www.usability.gov/how-to-and-tools/methods/index.html

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