In this article, you will learn about some of the Best Practices for naming a page on your Municipal Websites Central website. These practices will help you understand how a page's name can be used to organize topics or how to help your residents locate what they are looking for more easily.
Intuitive Naming: File names should be intuitive
- By keeping the naming intuitive and simple, users can easily search and find any documentation on the website.
Simple File Names: File names should only contain letters, numbers, and the underscore (_) if space is needed
- Spaces and special characters cannot be read by all software. To avoid conflicts, it is best to always use a simple file name that does not include any spaces or special characters.
Short File Names: File names should not exceed 25 characters
- Most fields in modules that accept documents have a character size limit to ensure optimal functionality. To keep files compatible with any module, limit the file name to 25 characters or less.
Global navigation categories should be as broad and overarching as possible. For example: government, services, about us, visitors, business, and other categories.
CivicPlus recommends this best practice to ensure the categories are broad enough to encompass many topics and flexible enough to accommodate future needs and updates; if an item does not house navigation below it, it is better suited for the left navigation, graphic button, or under another global. For example, if “Council” is a global navigation category, it limits the type of information users will expect to find under it. The broader label “Government” allows for the grouping of similar types of information.
The naming of pages, files, and links should be intuitive, simple, and concise.
- Simple and intuitive naming practices will limit any user from misunderstanding the purpose of a global navigation item.