- Classification of items in this website system;
- Principles of their arrangement.
This site has both a hierarchical and a relational structure. Usually, I design sites as mindmaps first, both with a strict hierarchy and graph-like relations.
The hierarchical structure is reflected here in categories and the relational is represented in tags and metatags.
The category structure of the site is hierarchical, mandatory, and exclusive, meaning, that an article must have only one category, then one parent category, and up the branch to the stem of the tree. Categories are the primary organizing system of the website.
Tags are the main labels of the site, its secondary taxonomy, organized hierarchically.
Difference between Tags and Categories
Unlike categories, tags are not exclusive: one article can be labeled with multiple tags from different branches of their hierarchical tree.
These labels are the third organizing system on the site. Metatags are the part of the metadata of an article, readable by search engines. It is used for less common keywords and terms. They are used to provide a quick summary of the content and to link similar articles.
For example, under this article, you can find meta-description and keywords that might be used by search engines but also offer a quick summary for the reader.
Difference between Metatags and Tags
Metatags have no hierarchy and can be added randomly because they are not essential for the website's functioning. Metatags are not represented in the navigation and have no dedicated descriptions.
Additionally, the site utilizes form fields under articles to systematize the information. Most of the bits of information in them are used unchanged throughout the site, pre-composed and pre-formatted.
For example, every event has scheduling and location data displayed and the main text and tags of the article. One of the fields of this article is under Goals: communication.