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.

Services and information on the B.C. government site is divided into 16 themes. Information within a theme may be divided into a maximum of eight sub-themes. Within each sub-theme a maximum of eight topics may exist.

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 the topic landing page name (Level 3 page) is determined by the Information Architecture Advisory Group (IAAG) in conjunction with the client.
    • Any changes to Level 3 page names must be approved by the IAAG,  via a Service Request.
  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 content is managed by COS, but content is directed by ministry clients.  This includes Popular Topics and Feature Boxes, along with the right-column boxes. Requests for changes to this content are made via a Service Request.
    • Services and Information Topics are dynamically generated from the sub-theme pages
  5. Sub-Theme content is manged by COS, but content is directed by ministry clients.  This includes introduction text and right-column boxes. Requests for changes to this content are made via a Service Request.
    • Remaining content on the sub-theme page is dynamically generated from the Topic pages
  6. The client creates and maintains all content for the Topic landing page (Level 3) 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)
  7. 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 (level 1):  Driving &Transportation
Sub-theme (level 2): Driving & Cycling | Passenger Travel | Vehicle Safety & Enforcement  | Funding, Engagement & Permits | Transportation Infrastructure | Transportation Reports & Reference | Transportation & the Environment
Topics (level 3 - topic landing pages): Air or Rail Travel | Water Travel | Highway 16 Community Access | Public Transit, Buses, Taxis & Limousines

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B.C. Government website theme page

B.C. Government website sub-theme page

Sub-pages generate the Left Navigation.  If no sub-topics exist, or nodes are hidden, there will be no left navigation.  

B.C. Government website topic landing page