The information architecture of your website makes it easier for visitors to find information. A typical church website will have times of services, contact details, how to find the church/chapel, sample sermons, profiles of the members and the minister, newsletter articles, and so on.
- The structural design of shared information environments.
- The art and science of organising and labelling web sites, intranets, online communities and software to support findability and usability. » More
There are several different models of information architecture.
- All-in-one - all the information on one page
- Flat - all pages are arranged as peers
- Index - like the flat structure, but with a table of contents
- Hub-and-spoke / Daisy - usually used for web applications
- Strict hierarchy - a system where you can only access a lower-level page via its parent
- Multi-dimensional hierarchy - more than one way of browsing to the same content
- Search - for websites with a lot of content
Here are some examples.
- New Unity (Newington Green and Islington Unitarians) has a strict hierarchy model.
- The Bristol Unitarians website has a multi-dimensional hierarchy (you can browse by category or by date). This is mainly due to using a blog with labels to build the site.
- The York Unitarians website has an index structure.
Which of these models you choose for your website depends on how much content you have or plan to add to your website.