Analyzing Information Architecture: The Mighty

Analyzing Information Architecture: The Mighty

The Mighty describes itself as a news and media website that provides the world's largest online health community. The website highlights work from writers all over the world that discuss what it is like to live with health issues, both mental and physical. I wanted to discover more about the website's information architecture, so I visited the site with thoughts of observing its organization, labeling, navigation, and searchability.

My first thoughts of visiting this website were that the design was "closed off" from what it used to be. The large buttons to "Join" or "Log In" were heavily enforced. This website used to showcase articles on the main page like a news website would do. However, I did not get to view a display of articles until I logged in with my username and password. You can still view articles without logging in--you will just have to use the links on the main page to navigate to the content you are looking for.

The main menu does not offer many options. In fact, it does not look like your normal menu. It gives the options of signing up for the available newsletters, exploring articles on the website, viewing groups that are available to join, shopping for merchandise, and an option to either "Log In," or "Join Us."

Top Menu: The Mighty

The Mighty does not contain any dropdown menus on its main page; however, it does contain a footer submenu at the bottom of the page. Each link takes you to another page that provides more information.

Footer Submenu: The Mighty

There is also a small menu towards the middle that allows you to "Filter By." This area gives you guidance in navigating through the many articles that are listed on the site. As mentioned above, the articles are not highlighted on the main page, and you will have to use links in this "Filter By" menu to navigate through the articles.

Filter By Menu: The Mighty

Search Functionality

I personally love the searchability of this website. You can simply type in a few words, and the search box will pull up every article that contains those words. I would suggest you try this for yourself so that you can see the many options that are provided from your search. Below, you will see that you can search by stories, topics, people/partners, groups, posts, or all. This is my favorite feature of the website because it displays all that The Mighty has to offer!

Search Feature: The Mighty

Labeling and Terminology

As viewed in the "Footer Submenu" photo above, you can see the labels for this menu in a bolded font. The titles are in a larger, bolded font. There is a menu for people who want to learn more about The Mighty, how to join the company, a place to view topics of discussion, ways the reader can "Stay in Touch," and another area for clothing and merchandise. The terminology is straight forward.

Content Hierarchy

The main content I see when I visit this website would be the areas that discuss joining the community, logging in, or getting started. These options are either in a larger font, or placed on the website as a button you can click. I would consider the "most important" information to be the articles that are written by contributors. I would imagine that the next purpose would be to invite other writers to contribute content of their own or "Share Your Story."

The navigation pathways of this website are clear and concise. Every link I clicked went right to the desired page. The website, however, has many navigation pathways which could be overwhelming to some in the discourse community. As shown in the "Footer Menu" photo above, this submenu contains several links that all go to separate pages of content.

Comparison and Reflection

Considering what I have learned about information architecture, there will be a few things I would like to change about my own personal website. My menus are straight forward, and the navigation pathways are also clear. The labeling and organization are up to par. Unfortunately, my website does not contain any searchability. There is no area to search on my website. I will have to figure out how to add this feature so that my discourse community can effectively search for certain content on my website without blindly looking through each link. I will be working on this within the next week.

Azizza Pitts

Azizza Pitts

A full-time therapist and a part-time blogger. Azizza services the middle Georgia community and advocates for mental health. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing.
Macon, Georgia