When reviewing the Security and Exchange Commission's website (SEC.gov), I found that the site could have better information architecture. Generally, the site does a pretty decent job of creating effective pathways to reach information. What I am looking to amend is establishing the home-page as more of a center point and welcome screen linking to additional pages per the individual user. Right now the home-page is acting as an index page, containing links to everything on the site. In my opinion it is throwing too much information at the respective user at once. I want to simplify the site by having the user on the home-page click a box establishing what type of user they are. Is the person a financial representative or general consumer? When creating the hierarchy for the site this will be second on the hierarchy chart.
Currently the SEC's website follows a weblike organizational structure per the Web Style Guide located at the following address:
As explained, this type of style and associative organizational schemes are "often the most impractical structure for web sites because they are so hard for the user to understand and predict." I want to develop the site into a more complex hierarchy, that the directed user can more easily navigate. At the same time filtering out some of the unneeded informational noise that is being thrown at the user.