Organize your content

Step 2: Organize Your Content

Before moving your content into a new site, we encourage you to take stock of what content exists on your current site and develop a plan for migrating it. Performing a content inventory and analysis is an excellent way to determine what content you have on your site, what needs to be updated, what can be removed, and what new content you need to create.  

Although any site can benefit from this exercise, this process is especially important for large and complex websites, and for sites that have existed for several years. These sites will commonly have pages that are out-of-date or no longer needed. 

To help you through this process, HWP provides a step-by-step guide to creating a content inventoryand a sample spreadsheet

You can also read more about the purpose and components of a content inventory at usability.gov.

Need Help Visualizing Your Site’s Organization?

A card sort can be a helpful tactic for thinking about your site organization, especially for larger sites, or sites where categorizing content may be complex.