I just saw this mail, and having spent way too much time thinking about reccipes and since my husband is now caffeinated and barked at me to get going on our sunday advanture to Marin, I’m going to leave it with you dear readers for now:
“Hi Christina, I have an IA question I thought you, or you visitors might be able to help me with.
Last year I joined a small but very successful 3D software company and inherited responsibility for the website.
The site was a mess, the solution for everything was build another page and link it to as many related pages as possible. Side menus for product pages not only replicated the tab links on the top bar but also much of the content – albeit in completely different places.
To try and sort out the mess and make life easier (for myself more than anyone) I have centralized much of the content shared across different product pages and located them under the main tabs across the top of the site. For example there is now only one registration section accessible from the main tabs, in the past there were separate unrelated galleries for each product.
I’ve been told our website’s is mainly for e-commerce sales, however based on the background below I’m unsure in a redesign if I should locate all menu options for a product such as register, download, buy etc
· Only on a product page
· Only on the top tab navigation bar
· Or try and create a combination by having them in both places – although I suspect this is why things got out of hand last time (we don’t have a content management system).
To add to the mix the company is moving from a boxed software sales model to a much more expensive server based model and management want the site to look more and more like an IBM or EDS style site.
I know you must be busy but any thoughts you have would be great. You are welcome to tell me to rack off if I asking to much.