In the previous chapter, we created a new CMS site. In this chapter, we will set up a site structure for the new site, including channels, template galleries, and resource galleries, and then assign permissions for the guest users and the site developers. We will base the CMS site structure on the information architecture of the site.
NOTE: In this chapter, we will focus on setting up the structure for the new site. Chapters 16 and 17 provide a detailed discussion of all options available for configuration of the CMS publishing environment.
A well-planned information architecture is beneficial for both site users and site creators. If the information on the site is well organized, users can understand the site organization effortlessly, even when they access the site for the first time. Even if the content on your site is well written and accurate, your site needs logical organization of information. Users want to find information quickly and easily, and they do not like to get lost in chaotic cross-referenced Web sites. Poor information architectures make users confused and frustrated. Site creators also benefit from a logically organized site; for example, they don't have to change the existing content and site structure to place new content on the site. A CMS site is no exception and will benefit greatly from a well-thought-out information architecture.