10 harsh truths about websites of large organizations.

This is an story about corporate websites. However in my experience of working on websites for both federal and local governments, many of these principles apply to many governmental websites. I would hope that those who have some influence over gov websites especially review “You Need A Separate Web Division”; “You’re Not Getting Value From Your Web Team”, “Design By Committee Brings Death”, “A CMS Is Not A Silver Bullet” and “You Have Too Much Content”

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Jeffrey Levy

Thanks for sharing!

Terrific summary, although I disagree, sort of, with #4. Esp. for large gov’t organizations, there truly are multiple audiences *at the top level*. For example, at the US Environmental Protection Agency, we create and enforce regulations, we do science, and we teach people what they can do to protect the environment. Each of those activities has key audiences.

So we design the home page to help direct each audience, but I agree with you that once you get to the content, you need to have a specific audience in mind. For example, there’s no reason a scientific paper must be written so middle schoolers can read it. And a document providing guidance to state regulators needn’t make sense to a firefighter.

I’ll be tweeting this in a second.

Jeffrey Levy
Director of Web Communications