By Amy Chick

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Take Charge of Content Creation with Content Mapping

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Content plays a huge role in your web development projects. After all, the purpose of a website is to provide structure for the copy and images that fill it out. Once you’ve signed a contract and onboarded your client, you’ll have to curate this content in order to move forward. In many cases, though, it can take longer to collect and develop content than it does to actually build the website — so it’s important that you have a clear idea of where you are in the process.

How do you track the content for each client’s website? If you keep it all in a Google Doc or something similar, it can be difficult to see at a glance where you stand. The Home page may be completely finished, while one of the Landing pages hasn’t been started yet. Without a bird’s eye view of the content development process, you can waste a lot of time trying to figure out what content still needs to be collected and tracking those people down to get what you need.

In Accrisoft Freedom, our Content Mapping module makes it possible to see a snapshot of all the content you need to launch a website. You can sketch out each page of content, assign it to a contributor, and see at a glance how close each item is to completion. For each page, you can assign to-do items and sketch out the actual content.

You can set up your content map in just a few quick steps:

  1. Create a new content post for each page, assign the content, and set a due date.
  2. Update the percentage of completeness as the content is developed — then, you can see which areas of the site still need work.
  3. Deadlines will automatically populate in the Calendar tab so you can see when an important date is approaching.

By assigning to-do items and setting deadlines, you will have an easier time staying on track with your project. You can give your client login access to the Freedom interface and set visibility preferences for each individual module — which allows you to collaborate on the content while keeping the rest of the work behind the scenes until it’s time to launch.

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