Understanding the Government Site Structure

A solid understanding of the government site structure, also known as the Information Architecture (IA) and how related web pages are populated will provide content editors the building blocks to start creating their webpages.

The B.C. government site (www2) allows for a total of 16 themes and each theme can have a total of eight sub-themes.   Within each sub-theme a maximum of eight topics can be created.  

The following provides a high-level overview of the steps to add content to the government website:

  1. The IA is defined by Corporate Online Services (COS), and COS is responsible for all core content for Themes (Level 1) and Sub-themes (Level 2)
  2. Topics reside within a Sub-theme and are determined by the Information Architecture Advisory Group (IAAG) in conjunction with the client
  3. When the client is ready to start entering content in the CMS Lite, COS will add their Level 3 topic(s) to the CMS Lite, and attach a security group to the content (who can have access to make changes)
  4. Theme and Sub-Theme introduction content and right-column components are maintained by COS.  Requests for changes to this content are made via a Service Request.
  5. The client creates and maintains all content for the Topic landing (Level 3) page and all child pages.  Content may be grouped into sub-topics (page groupings) by the content editors, and a Level 3 topic page can have five lower-level pages underneath it (level 4 - 8)
  6. Title and Introduction text from the Topic landing page (level 3), along with level 4 child page titles1 are used to dynamically generate information below the Introduction on a Sub-theme page

For example:

Theme:  Birth, Adoption, Death, Marriage and Divorce
Sub-theme:  Government ID - Intro text and Right-Column box content entered by COS
Topics:  Why You Need ID, BC Services Card, Birth Certificates (topic landing pages) - content entered by client

Sub-topic pages:

  • Why You Need ID - none
  • BC Services Card - the following sub-topic pages are child 'nodes' of the parent topic, BC Services Card
    • Overview 
    • Use the Card 
    • The Card for You
    • How to Get Your Card
    • Replace Your Card
    • Change Your Personal Information
    • See the Card
    • Information for Businesses
    • ...more2

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B.C. Government website theme page

B.C. Government website sub-theme page

B.C. Government website topic landing page

Sub-pages generate the Left Navigation.  If no sub-topics exist, or nodes are hidden, there will be no left navigation
Displayed when more the eight sub-topics exist.  External links and hidden nodes will not be displayed