Secure Your Hard Hat: Let’s Talk Page Architecture

Blueprint of a page
Good content strategy is more than words on a page. Consider a blueprint when you start planning a page of your site. Who is your audience? What is the main message of this page? What should a reader do next?

From there, think about the layout of the page. Page architecture is the support for what you want the content to say.

Using your Google Analytics and keyword research can also tell you what users are searching for and landing on, which can help you decide what should live on one page, or what might need its own.

Subheads, accordions and tabs – oh my!

Headings, subheadings, accordions and tabs are styled to by your designer, so why not use them? Fortunately, Geonetric’s content experts offer guidelines for some page architecture basics:

  1. Subheads are best used when changing topic or voice. Subheads help ease the transition and summarize the paragraphs that follows it, making it easy for a user to scan the page.
  2. Paragraphs should be kept relatively short for easy reading, like three or four sentences. Large blocks of text can turn readers away, especially on mobile devices. Add variety to paragraphs of text by using bulleted lists to elaborate on conditions, treatments, symptoms and more.
  3. Accordions should be used when you have too much copy for a bulleted list, but not enough copy for a page. They’re great for explaining a test or medical treatment. Generally, keep accordions light on a page. More than seven can look daunting to a user, especially on mobile devices.
  4. Tabs should be used when comparing information, or providing chronological data. Ideally, stick to no more than five tabs. And remember, some tabs can become accordions on mobile devices.

Point your user in the right direction

Now that you gave your user such great information, what should he or she do next? Adding a call to action (or CTA) to the page should direct that user to the next action – make a call, send an e-mail, schedule an appointment, etc. A few helpful tips:

  • Keep CTAs high on the page so they don’t get buried when the site goes mobile.
  • Make your CTAs stand out by placing them in callout boxes.
  • Don’t bury CTAs in accordions or tabs. Since those are user-triggered, there’s always a chance the reader won’t find them.

Page architecture matters, so don’t skimp

Avoid the temptation to just plop words on a page and hit “publish.” Page architecture might take extra time, but it’s time well spent. Sound page architecture and content results in not only a better user experience, but longer page-viewing duration, higher return visits and a higher likelihood of conversion.

If you need help planning and writing your site content, contact us to find out about our content services. From strategy to in-depth writing and analysis, our team can help you share meaningful content with your target audiences.

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Erin Schroeder

About Erin Schroeder

Erin’s an engaging writer. And she’s an experienced teacher. Add in the fact she’s a talented interviewer with a decade of reporting under her belt and she has the perfect skill set for a content strategist. Erin loves meeting people and learning about their organizations, which is why she excels at helping clients tell their stories online through intuitive, user-friendly site architecture and engaging copy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from St. Ambrose University, a master’s degree in professional journalism from the University of Iowa, and a certificate in content strategy from Northwestern University. When she's not building better user experiences, this Beatlemaniac spends her spare time listening to her vinyl collection, road tripping, writing for Iowa City's arts and culture magazine Little Village, or volunteering with Families Helping Families of Iowa.

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