Site map From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ˇ¦Have questions? Find out how to ask questions and get answers. É«ump to: navigation, search A site map of what links from the English Wikipedia's Main Page. Sitemap of GoogleA site map (or sitemap) is a graphical representation of the architecture of a web site. [1] It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for web design, or a web page that lists the pages on a web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion. This helps visitors and search engine bots find pages on the site. While some developers argue that site index is a more appropriately used term to relay page function, web visitors are used to seeing each term and generally associate both as one and the same. However, a site index is often used to mean an A-Z index that provides access to particular content, while a site map provides a general top-down view of the overall site contents. Contents [hide] 1 Benefits of sitemaps 2 XML Sitemaps 3 See also 4 References 5 External links [edit] Benefits of sitemaps Site maps can improve search engine optimization of a site by making sure that all the pages can be found. This is especially important if a site uses Macromedia Flash or JavaScript menus that do not include HTML links. Most search engines will only follow a finite number of links from a page, so if a site is very large, the site map may be required so that search engines and visitors can access all content on the site. [edit] XML Sitemaps Google introduced Google Sitemaps so web developers can publish lists of links from across their sites. The basic premise is that some sites have a large number of dynamic pages that are only available through the use of forms and user entries. The sitemap files can then be used to indicate to a web crawler how such pages can be found. Google, MSN, Yahoo and Ask now jointly support the Sitemaps protocol. Since MSN, Yahoo, Ask, and Google use the same protocol, having a sitemap lets the four biggest search engines have the updated page information. Sitemaps do not guarantee all links will be crawled, and being crawled does not guarantee indexing. However, a sitemap is still the best insurance for getting a search engine to learn about your entire site. [2] [edit] See also Sitemaps, a standard for URL inclusion Google Sitemaps [edit] References ^ Peter Morville, Information Architecture on the World Wide Web, Feb 1998, pp:58 ^ Joint announcement from Google, Yahoo, MSN supporting Sitemaps Specification of the common XML format. [edit] External links Common Official Website - Jointly maintained website by Google, Yahoo, MSN for an XML sitemap format. Tips about Sitemaps Build a sitemap at a mouse click with an open-source sitemap generator (XML, text or HTML). JSiteMap A Java open source site map generator. Online Sitemap Generator Free online sitemap generator Retrieved from "" Category: XML