Design New Site
When you design a new site, set requirements for its features, functions, and content. Card sorting can help you organize the site logically for users. Writing for the Web guidelines will help you put useful and usable content on your site. With parallel design, you can generate and agree on good design ideas very quickly.
Website requirements describe the features, functions, and content of the site. They are a list of what the site must have and what it must allow users to do.
A content inventory is a list of all the content on your site.
Participants in a card sorting session organize the content from your website in a way that makes sense to them. Participants review items from your website and then group these items into categories.
When you define or revise the information architecture of your site, begin by thinking about your goals of the site. What you want to accomplish by having a website? What do users want to accomplish when they visit your site?
A use case describes a sequence of interactions between a user and the website but does not specify the user interface.
Writing for the Web
Writing for the Web guidelines provide tips to ensuring that users can find the information they need in language that makes sense to them.
With parallel design, several people create an initial design from the same set of requirements. Each person works independently and, when finished, shares his/her concepts with the group.
A prototype is a draft version of a website. Prototypes allow you to explore your ideas before investing time and money into development.
Programming and Accessibility
Before you begin programming your new site or the new pages, consider the needs of all of your users - this includes making sure your content is accessible to people with disabilities.