March 15, 2011

Sitebuilder managing your web content

Today I went on the ITs course - Sitebuilder managing your web content

It was a 3 hour long course about best practice and the tools that Sitebuilder has to help you manage your web content.  As Student Careers & Skills are currently go through a restructuring of our website I thought it would a useful course to go on.

The content of the course included:

  • Content Strategy
  • Identifying your audience
  • What makes a good site
  • Writing for the web
  • Stock take
  • Post audit
  • Planning and restructuring your site
  • Statistics on traffic to your site
  • Sitebuilder's useful tools

The course did cover a lot in 3 hours. Although I knew a lot of it already as I've been doing research into best practice with usability, navigation and being given information from SCS IT officer & Ops & Info Manager as they have already met with Elab for advice.  It was to good to get the full picture.  It didn't necessarily make me feel better about the restructuring as we need to really need do an audit of all of the current pages and the website has over 900 pages.  That will take ages to do!  It reinforced to me how we need to test our proposed structure with the users of the website to make sure we are thinking like them.  

The handouts from the course are useful.  The content template for a website page, we could modify this and use it for our template of our new pages.  The web style guide handout, I have already written a web style guide but I can compare the Elab version to mine to see how I can improve it.

I feel that this course has backed up my own research into website restructuring and given me good guidelines to work with.

To find out more about the course go to:  Managing your web content


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