The next time you’re preparing to redesign your association’s website, or build a mobile application, there’s an online tool I recommend that will help better organize and manage the project. It’s called Flowmapp (https://www.flowmapp.com). As a technology developer, we’ve been using Flowmapp for about a year now, including using it for our own company’s website redesign project, and it’s proven to be extremely helpful.
With Flowmapp, first you visually build the sitemap for your project, including pages and any sub-pages, ultimately creating your project’s hierarchy. There’s nothing terribly unique about this feature, as you can do this with lots of software tools like Microsoft Visio, Draw.io and others. What makes Flowmapp unique and worth it’s weight is that within each page of your sitemap, you can create and place all the attributes, content and documents that will be later used for that page.
For example, let’s say one of the pages in your project is your member benefits page. Within that sitemap page in Flowmapp, you can create all the sections of content that will be included in that page, then write and place the content, drop in any images, videos or documents you might want to use. When it’s done, you have now given your web development team, as well as your content administrator, all the assets they need to go to work and complete that page.
Each page within Flowmapp can be labeled to organize groups of pages, and it has the ability to flag the status of a page. This ties nicely with the collaboration functionality of Flowmapp as you can create and assign a team for your project and communicate via comments on each page of the project. This makes it very handy to keep track of progress and make changes.
The subscription cost for Flowmapp is pretty reasonable. If you’re just using for a single project, it’s free. To use if for an unlimited number of projects, it’s $42.00 per month.
There are a couple of things I wish it did better. Because you have the ability to write content directly into each page, it would be nice that any changes to the content could either be tracked, or have the ability to comment on specific content. This would be helpful when you have a team collaborating on the project with comment feedback coming from multiple sources.
Overall, this has proven to be a great tool to bridge the tasks of the project owner, the content creator, the web designer and developer, giving everyone the assets needed to collaboratively complete the project.
If you’d like to see how we’ve used Flowmapp, contact Lisa Powers, Director of Business Development at i2Integration at firstname.lastname@example.org.