Locating assets in the IA

Locating your page or asset in the correct place in the asset tree — or within the website's structure — is important for the structural integrity of the website. The correct location of your asset assists important factors like:

  • navigation
  • good user experience — users will intuitively locate the information they're looking for.

Information architecture (IA)

Locate your asset in the right place

The asset location string is the URL path after the host name (see #3 above). You can work out the asset's location in the IA (and CMS) by looking at the url.

Parent / child asset relationship

Consider what page would be the logical parent of your asset. Conversely, consider whether the content of your page works as the logical parent of other pages. For example, the following asset structure makes sense:

  • Study Areas (parent)
    • Classics & Ancient History (child)
    • Political Science (child)
Image and document assets in Media folders

A Media folder that houses additional folders for documents and images should be located directly under your landing page. Organise all images, graphics and documents like PDFs or Word docs within these folders as seen in the example below.

URLs

  • URL is the abbreviation of Uniform Resource Locator.
  • The URL reflects where your asset is located the asset tree.
  • If you change the location of your asset, the url for that asset will change.

A URL is made up of different components:

  1. HTTP or HTTPS — identifies the protocol used to access the internet. HTTPS indicates that a security certificate has been set for the site.
  2. Host name — e.g. une.edu.au
  3. Path — the asset location string that follows the host name. This identifies where the asset sits in the IA.

When an asset is made live, the page name is reflected in the URL. If you subsequently change the page name, the new name will not be reflected in the URL.

Changing the page name in the web path

Example

A webpage named 'Writing for Web Example 3.1' could have the url:

une.edu.au/training/writing-for-the-web/writing-for-web-example-3.1 (where ‘Writing for Web Example 3.1’ is the name of the page)

Using the above example, changing the page name to ‘Examples’ (instead of Writing for Web Example 3.1) should be reflected in the url:

une.edu.au/training/writing-for-the-web/examples

So, if you the change a name of a page after it's been made live, the URL suffix (the end part of the url string) should be changed. You need to do this manually in the URLs screen. Automatic remapping to the newly changed URL can be set to take effect.

If you change the location of page

If you relocate your page to another area, its URL path will change. Any internal links to the page asset number will remain in tact, unbroken.  Any links from external sites to your page, including from the Course and Unit Catalogue, will be broken unless the link is updated with the new URL, or a redirect is created.

Creating redirects to pages

This will only be necessary for pages that you know have been linked to from external sites and it's difficult getting this external link updated. The web team creates redirects, remapping the old expired URL to the new one:  email the old and new URL to webmaker@une.edu.au

If you page URL has changed and there are external

See Editing Screens > URLs Screen (to change a web path).

See setting up redirects for your page.

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