Diagraming tools are a UX designers best friend when planning and conceptualizing a new website. These could take many forms like flowcharts, sitemaps or wireframes. Understanding when to use which tools and how to properly utilize them will make a huge impact on website planning process as well as ease interactions with your team or clients.

Novices might be surprised to learn that the first steps in planning a website are often done with pencil and paper. Creating a user flow diagram and a process flow diagram are essential parts of the website planning process, and while they can be created using an online diagram maker, many information architecture diagrams are still created by hand.

Creating these information architecture diagrams helps designers plan and see how visitors will use the site. With these user diagrams as a guide they can determine user paths and potential roadblocks. A website typically has a few goals, such as providing information, making sales, or collecting data. By creating a clear user flow diagram, you’re able to see where site visitors might get lost while trying to make a purchase or fill out a form. The process flow diagram makes it easy to see how all the different components of the website work together.

After diagraming your website, read up on content planning strategy to help you create engaging and relevant content for your site.

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Depending on the type website you’re creating, you may want to create other forms of diagrams, such as a data flow diagram or network diagram. An online diagram maker helps make the entire process easier, helping you build a website that achieves your company’s goals.

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Usability Diagrams, UX Planning

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Creating a User Flow, Usability Diagrams, UX Planning

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