For an information architect, a content inventory helps provide a consolidated picture of the overall structure of a site: the major sections, pages, and distribution of content. An inventory provides the groundwork for a site redesign by allowing you to assess what is there, how much of it there is, and how it's currently organized.
How Information Architects Use Content Inventories
- Define project scope: How much website content do we have?
- Determine content types: What type and variety of files do we have?
- See current website organization: Where is the content located? Are there hierarchies or patterns visible in the URL structures?
- View current metadata: How have we tagged our pages?
Use CAT as your content inventory guide as you visit the website pages to gain better understanding of the page and content relationships, page templates and the content itself. CAT saves the time you once spent manually copying and pasting page links, allowing you to get right to analysis. Not just a time-saver, you also save your arms, neck and eyes from content inventory fatigue.
How CAT Helps
- Provides a comprehensive list of all files on the site: HTML, images, videos, audio files, documents
- Helps identify site structure via URL patterns
- Captures page title, keywords and description for metadata and SEO gap analysis
- Provides list of links into and out of each page so you can assess cross-linking within the site
- Screenshots of each page allow you to visually detect page templates
- Easily exports to Excel or another tool for data analysis
What Content Inventories Enable
- Creating content audits based on website pages
- Developing site maps and content maps
- Content migration worksheet
- Applying taxonomy and metadata tags to pages before a content migration
Learn more about how to use CAT content inventories to inform a site design.