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Thread: How to Structure My URLs??
Apr 29, 2013, 13:52 #1
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How to Structure My URLs??
Getting closer, but still needing some help?!
Okay, so maybe a month ago, I had this big "crisis" in that I had too many "Sections" to fit into my Navigation Tabs for each page.
After kicking things around over the last few weeks, I think I have come up with a pretty good "Information Architecture", however, I could use a little help and advice finishing it off so it is a winner!!
To fix things, first I decided that instead of trying to cram 15-20 topics into my Navigation Bar, I would just create maybe 4-5 broad "Categories".
- Finance - Legal - Management - Operation - Marketing
Then I kept all of the groups I originally had, and called them "Sub-Categories".
The trick to making things complete and yet flexible, was to create a grouping of Sub-Categories called "Dimensions"...
What this allows me to do is "mix-n-match" different concepts (e.g. Target Audience or Business Structure) under one larger topic (e.g. Legal).
So here is where I could use some advice...
For purposes of a good End-User Experience, should I just have a "Category" and "Sub-Category" in the URL like this....
Or would it be better to add in the concept of a "Dimension" in the URL like this...
Obviously the second example is clearer to the end-user, and probably helps them follow how the zillions of topics on my website are organized.
However, the downside is that the second approach would make my mod_rewrite a little trickier, and would definitely add more complexity - although not tons - to my PHP and MySQL that I use to *sanitize the URL* and *serve up the page*...
I like my concept of "Dimension", because it allows me to avoid having a grossly complex, and NESTED, architecture playing out every combination, for example...
So instead of trying to come up with every combination, I just list articles which relate to a "Dimension" and then I can always cross-reference the same article in another "Dimension" like this...
Any thoughts on this??