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A Simple Guide for Curating Your Website Content

Susanna Townsend | February 14, 2018

A Simple Guide for Curating Your Website Content

Content is an important element of your digital presence. When done right, your website’s content can help you connect with your target audience and set the right tone for your brand’s personality.

Why Stay Organised?

We have seen that without an organised approach, the content development process of a website project can quickly get out of hand. We are soon lost in a heap of Word files and email notes, all of which are followed up with afterthoughts and revisions. As a result, our energies are wasted on organising the process rather than focusing on the actual website development.

The fallout of a haphazard approach to content is wasted time and energy for you as well as for our team. This can lead to an expansion in the project’s initial scope, and may incur you additional cost. Another setback of a chaotic content process could be compromised quality of the end product. So, it would be best to add content to your project using the straightforward process provided here.

As the founder of digiDen, I have used my extensive web design experience to create a content development workflow that is super easy to follow and helps keep track of the entire project seamlessly. This process is designed to help you create content for your website during the development phase. This content will then be audited before going on your website. You can always go back to fine-tune your content after the development is complete.

Before you start adding the content, we will have a detailed discovery session together. Based on these discussions, we will set up your sitemap and your template files to facilitate you with the content process.

In this guide, I will introduce you to the simple process that we use to collect content for your website project.

What will you need:

To start working on your website content, all you need is Google Drive installed on your system along with a web browser of your choice (which you already have).

The Tools

Google Drive – This is a free cloud service by Google where you can save your files online. In addition to storing your files, it offers you free apps including Google Docs (word processor), Google Sheets (spreadsheet app), and Google Slides (presentation app). You will be using Google Docs for working on the website’s content.

(In case you are new to Google Drive, click here for a detailed tutorial by Google.)

MURAL – MURAL is a cloud-based tool used for visual collaboration on projects. It is just like a digital whiteboard where you can map ideas and processes to discuss and collaborate. It is a great tool for working on your website’s sitemap.

(Although no prior knowledge of using MURAL is required, this link will take you to MURAL’s knowledge base for learning more on it, in case you are curious!)

 

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The Process

Step 1 – Install Google Drive

If you don’t already have Google Drive installed on your system, simply head over to https://www.google.com/drive/download/ and click on the ‘Download’ button as shown below:

 

Install Google Drive

 

During installation, you might be asked for permission to enable the Google Drive extension in your browser. Simply enable it to use Google Drive through the browser.

 

Install Google Drive

Step 2 – Open your MURAL Sitemap

Go to your MURAL* Sitemap which will look something like this depending on your website requirements:

 

Open your MURAL Sitemap

 

(* Your website’s MURAL Sitemap will be developed after having website consultation session(s) with us. The content process comes in the next phase.)

Step 3 – Download your Webpages’ files

Double-click all the pages’ blue boxes, one by one, in the Mural Sitemap to download the files to a local folder on your computer. These files will be saved as a Google Document with a .gdoc extension.

 

Download your Webpages’ files

Step 4 – Open Webpages files in your web browser

Double-click the file you want to add content to and it will automatically open up as a Google Doc file, in your default browser.

Step 5 – Add content to your Google Docs files

Open all your files using the same process and add content using the templates we have already set up for you.

 

Add content to your Google Docs files

 

That’s it! This is all you need to do to add content to your website. Once you start, you will see that this process is even simpler than it looks here!

If you are interested in hiring a professional content writer, we can help you with that too. Our seasoned content writer will get in touch with you to understand your needs and the results you are looking for. He will then take care of your website’s content to make sure that your expectations are met completely.

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Susanna Townsend

A gifted digital designer as well as the founder of digiDen Creative Media. Susanna is a creative who enjoys taking her clients’ brands to the next level with her strong aesthetics and tech-savviness. Since 2005, an ever-growing list of diverse businesses has come to rely on her digital visual solutions to achieve their business results. Susanna has a strong passion for visual design, imagery, technology, her animals, and the beach!

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