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Drupal®: The Guide to Planning and Building Websites by Cindy McCourt

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WHICH ASPECTS GET DESIGNED?

When contemplating your site's design, consider the four aspects of the user experience, as shown in Figure 5-1. Each aspect influences, and sometimes competes with, the others. The trick to design is considering each perspective at the same time and understanding that compromises must be made if each is to be given its place in the final product.

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FIGURE 5-1

Information Architecture

Information architecture can be described as “the manner in which components of a … system [in this case, your site] are organized and integrated.”1 In simple terms, information architecture influences your site's:

  • Structure (site sections and subsections)
  • Page components
  • Navigation

NAVIGATION IN DRUPAL

By default, Drupal 6 and 7 come with a menu system that allows you to create custom menus. You can insert any link into a menu item. You can create navigation in Drupal in other ways. For instance, you can use the navigation in the Book module or you can create dynamic menus with the Views contributed module.

The information architecture design process uses the requirements you identified during your content analysis and other analyses, such as the search/browse analysis.

Content Design

In the content design task, in addition to ensuring the message of the content is what it should be on the site, you consider how the content is displayed or organized on the page. This ...

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