Building a Website - Do You Need a Site Plan?

Friday, March 4, 2011
What is a "site plan"?  Well it is more commonly called a "site map" and it is exactly what it says.  In the "old" days, when building a larger website, web developers produced a site map. The site map was the blue print for the website. It spelled out what pages would be created, where they would be placed and what would be on them. The site map helped the developer and the client have a meeting of the minds. The site plan helped the client to understand what they would be getting and helped the developer get everything in a logical order.
These days, many companies are opting to build their website using a Content Management System (CMS). With a CMS, you don't have to be as specific up front. You can change things. Using a CMS, you can add and delete pages on the fly. You can modify and rename pages. With this level of flexibility it is easy to see why some folks are skipping the site planning process and just jumping to the building phase. We don't recommend that.

If you want a site that is well thought out and easy to navigate, take the time to do a site plan. Even with a CMS, it is easier to move things around in a site plan than it is to do it after the site is already built. Working off a site plan will help your developer be more efficient which will save you money. Don't cut out this critical step.
Dave Larson 3/4/2011 9:17:00 AM

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