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website topology

the structure of connections between pages on a website. Typical structures include:

  • hierarchy / tree – the most traditional is to organize a site into categories and subcategories.
  • linear sequence – used for sequential stories or processes.
  • matrix / grid – 2-dimensional grid, useful for 2-dimensional maps or for information spaces that vary along 2 dimensions (e.g. products available by size and color).
  • full mesh – a site with every page linked to every other page, which is only really possible for small sites.
  • arbitrary web – a set of links with no planned or explicit structure.
  • hybrid – a combination of the above, which is how any practical, real-world site is actually structured.