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Tiki Website Structure

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Project Development: Website Structure

While external website design is very subjective

  • the internal data gathering and reporting of most projects are very similar


They can typically be broken down into five sections (i.e. the internal menu structure):

1) PLANNING

  • this is optional, but critical - as it is used for goal setting and benchmarking
  • from experience, this one is always difficult as it involves upper management to do some input ;-)

2) INFORMATION ENTRY (by end users)

  • includes 'web-forms' to input information
  • reports to review those entries / make changes or corrections
  • archives to view (but not change) past entries

3) REVIEW of DATA ENTERED

  • this critical step is done by office staff, the purpose is to find errors by end users
  • office staff would also be responsible for maintaining secondary databases (see below)

4) REPORTS

  • used by middle and upper management

5) ARCHIVES

  • also known as annual or seasonal totals
  • used by office staff, operations, middle / upper management

Other key parts:

  • Secondary Databases: many will be needed, i.e. end users, machines, equipment, facility locations, job descriptions, etc.
    • they feed into the main database (this is where all those 'drop-down' menus get information from)
  • Groups and permission structures: for determining who has a right to view / edit / delete / etc.
  • Languages: multiple languages should be established so each end user can view ('work') in their own language
  • Training: all end users (information entry, review, management)
  • Equipment: computers, tablets, SIM cards, etc.