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The Two Lungs of Making Websites

6 April 2021 (previously posted 4 March 2020)

There are two lungs to making websites: User Experience and Content.

If you take one away you still have a website, but like breathing with just one lung life is much more difficult. Everything stems from those two items. They both have many parts but both are needed for a great website.

The lists give an example of how it can be divided between groups. Many terms came from Jesse James Garrett's The Elements of User Experience.


  • Content Requirements
  • Copy Writing
  • Site Objectives
  • User Needs

User Experience

  • Accessibility
  • Functional Specifications
  • Information Architecture
  • Information Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Interface Design
  • Navigation Design
  • Performance (which determines technology used)
  • Visual Design