This chapter explores several topics to help you define your requirements. Each decision you make as a result of the analyses described in this chapter will influence some if not all aspects of site design, as well as how your site is built.
The analyses described in this chapter focused on identifying the requirements that support the site purpose and influence the site design. Here are a few things to remember as you perform the various analyses:
- The audience analysis takes what you identify during the needs analysis and dives deeper into who your audience is and how your site will fit into their lives.
- The process analysis steps back from the details of what the site will do and considers how the site can or should support larger processes. Understanding where your site fits into the bigger picture helps you create solutions that fit into the bigger picture and/or expand your site into what it can be.
- The tasks analysis identifies who will use the site and whether they will use it by identifying process tasks and site management tasks performed on the site.
- More often than not, the output of a task is content. The content analysis identifies the different types of content and the data that defines the content.
- The communication analysis considers the interactions between members of your audience and how those interactions can be facilitated on your site. It also connects audience communication with content.
- If your audience can't find what they are looking for, they ...