Sitemap howto

Discussion in 'Web Design & Coding' started by Heeter, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hey all,



    Looking for a good tut/tool to build a sitemap for my site.

    Never did one before, no idea where to start, and where to put it once completed.


    Thanks,

    Heeter
     
  2. AllWeatherGal

    AllWeatherGal Not Just for Fair Weather Political User Folding Team

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    Many designers use a tool like Visio to storyboard their site flow and navigation. The map develops from logical content flows, IMO.

    I know that project managers often use PowerPoint to structure information, but I think that results in a less strong user experience.

    Visio is pricey, but I'm sure there are less expensive products. Still, there's no substitute for user/reader advocacy guiding all your decisions.
     
  3. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    The only way I have ever used a sitemap is if I was using a CMS. Which they do it automatically I think. Besides that I have never used or made one before but I have also heard that many designers do use Visio.
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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  5. AllWeatherGal

    AllWeatherGal Not Just for Fair Weather Political User Folding Team

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    Interesting SpeedyB! Your answer reminds me that the perspective will inform a good decision:

    1. whether the map is for
    -- Real People to read and understand
    -- automagic tools like search engines

    2. whether the map
    -- retroactively records what is
    -- proactively helps determine navigation/flow
     
  6. Dark Atheist

    Dark Atheist Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    wont be long before site maps have gps ;)
     
  7. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Ha, Great, Thanks Speedy.

    Created one in a couple of secs using my Openoffice writer and saving it as .xml

    I was wondering that there should have been a better way than to buy Visio for created a 1Kb sized document.



    Thanks again,

    Heeter