Site Specification

As already mentioned, an Ingeniux CMS project begins with the creation of an organizational document that serves as a blue print for all development. This blue print may be a formal site specification, a less formal technical definition document, or other organizational document. The spec helps ensure the end product meets business needs. Typically, the documentation of the spec follows a needs assessment, where the business needs for all schema types are identified.

A typical specification contains the following sections:

Version History
Gives the current version of the document. This can be useful information if the document is passed back and forth between parties for adjustment.
Access Information
Lists URLs and a username and password for logging into the site.
How to Read This Document
Explains the document layout.
Site Implementation Overview
Lists page and component types to be defined in the document.
Site-Wide Conventions

Explains features such as site-wide navigations, search functionality, forms, header and footer information, SEO information, and special functionality. This area is also a great place to discuss any integrations with third party systems.

If you are working with a form system, event management system, social media feeds, or anything that requires connection to another system, define that here so that it is a known quantity. The site-wide convention area is also a record of where to find the credentials to access these systems and who will maintain the relationship with third-party contributors.

Page Types
Defines schemas for each page type.
Defines schemas for each component type.
Site Map
Matches information architecture to page types. The site-wide conventions area includes a site map outlining primary pages in the site to aid in building out the site tree using newly created schemas.
Taxonomy Strategy
Outlines taxonomy use across the site.

Schemas define the pages, assets, and components used to build out a site. The schema definition includes the name of the schema and the elements it contains. Each element in the schema has a corresponding field on the Edit tab in the CMS. The Edit tab fields are where content contributors enter site content.