DRUPAL: Site Planning


Site Planning 

OVERVIEW

Everyone has to start somewhere. This section is for you, if you have little to no experience website building and website development. We recommend starting with an existing site before migrating into DIT Drupal Hosting environment. If you have any questions on how to get started, please contact us at drupal@umd.edu.

IDENTIFY STAKEHOLDERS

  1. Who will manage the project for the department?
  2. Who is the final decision maker?
  3. Who is responsible for writing, gathering, and maintaining the website's content?

IDENTIFY TARGET AUDIENCE

  1. Identify your main audience(s)
  2. List, in order of priority, your audiences needs. What are they looking for on the website?
  3. List, in order of priority, your goals for the website.
  4. Make a list of what you like and don't like about your current website. Look at other websites and make a list of what you like about them.
  5. Inventory the information on your current website. Click on all the links – go through the entire website. Decide what information needs to stay, go, or be rewritten/reorganized. See the Content Inventory section below
  6. Begin to think about your main menu items and how you'll group or categorize your information in a way that is logical to your audience (not only yourself).
  7. Begin to gather any logos, imagery, and photography.

INVENTORY CONTENT

  1. How much content do you have?
  2. What type of content do you have?
  3. If you have an existing site, perform a page count using google or site map generator.