July 13, 2011

Secrets to Web Design Success

This is one in a series of posts that will offer little bits of advise for making sure your website is user friendly for both your visitors and you back-end user. 

Keeping your site in order

It’s important to keep the data on your website organized. One thing that can help is a content management system. Content Management Systems (CMS) will not only provide you with a means of editing your website with little or no knowledge of things like HTML, CSS, or other coding languages. CMS’s keep your website organized by being database driven and they often offer many different ways to organize your data. They can help you keep things organized inside of categories or through tagging (often used for blogs) or even by the simple act of keeping information listed on your website in data order.

Customizing your website order

Even with all of the built in ways that your CMS allows you to keep your data organized you might still need want to be able to customize the order in which items on your website are seen. If your CMS doesn’t give you the option to manually re-order your information you might want to look for add-ons or widgets that will allow you to do so.

We recently launched a real estate website for a client where they not only needed to organize property listings by categories (how many bedrooms, location, or property type) but also to organize those listings within the categories in order to move different listings up or down to try to move certain properties faster. We built the site in WordPress and we happily found a widget that allowed the realty company employees to drag-and-drop the listings in order to reorder them.

While they are able to rearrange their listings it’s important to remember that WordPress – their CMS is still keeping their data organized in a database so it can easily be searched for, located, and worked on.

If you’re website is less than organized contact us and we can discuss how to get your site clean and organized.

July 13, 2011 | W.D.Orkoskey
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