Perfect your online content

This article first appeared in issue 233 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

I recently heard a story about a client who turned up to a meeting carrying two huge cardboard boxes overflowing with photographs and handwritten documents. When asked what this material was, the client responded: “This is the content for my website.”

Managing content is a problem every web developer faces. In the not-so-distant past, our agency received material from clients in formats ranging from scans of crayon drawings to never-ending Word documents (complete with psychedelic rainbows of highlighting). We would receive PowerPoint presentations, InDesign files and printed brochures. Our long-suffering inboxes were groaning with inconsistent chunks of content.

The result of this madness was that countless frustrating hours were being spent deciphering totally unstructured bundles of material. We were left thinking: content may be king – but surely this is no way to treat a king?

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