Semantic Site Building

Semantic Site Building

I'd like to help you think about the art of designing a Drupal data structure and interface.

I often take on projects in which the process seemed to be:

  • A designer works with a client team and delivers mockups
  • The designs are handed off to an development team who was not involved in the strategy
  • The developers manage to wrangle Drupal into meeting the requirements of the designs
  • The CMS gets handed off to editors. They find it to be obtuse and not user friendly.

The job of a Drupal development team is not to just make the site look like the designs. We are the architects of the CMS, the strategists of the backend.

How can we make a great CMS, one that the editors find intuitive and simple? One that the developers immediately understand and is easy to maintain?

Let's start with semantics.

The usability and maintainability of a CMS is closely tied to the semantic sense of the architecture.  Let's go back to the basic definitions in the Drupal Vocabulary and follow their lead to designing an intuitive structure.

Other Events this was Presented at: 

Drupalcamp NJ

Speaker(s): 
jody
About the Speaker(s): 

Jody Hamilton is the co-founder and CTO of Zivtech. She is the gold standard for Drupal site building, architecture and CMS usability.

Experience level: 
Everyone