A sitemap is frequently considered redundant in the process of building a website, and that is indeed the reality if you made a sitemap for the sake of having one. By highlighting the significance of having a well constructed sitemap, you will be in a position to tailor your own sitemap to suit your own needs.
1) Navigation purposes
A sitemap literally acts as a map of your website. If your visitors browses your website and gets lost between the thousands of pages on your site, they can usually refer to your sitemap to see where they are, and navigate through your pages with the utmost ease.
2) Conveying your site’s theme
When your visitors load up your sitemap, they will get the gist of your website within a very short quantity of time. There’s no need to get the “big picture” of your site by reading via each page, and by doing that you’ll be saving your visitors’ time.
3) Site optimization purposes
Whenever you produce a sitemap, you’re actually creating a single page which contains links to every single page on your website. Imagine what happens when search engine robots hit this page — they’ll follow the links on the sitemap and naturally every single page of your site gets indexed by search engines! It’s also for this purpose that a link to the sitemap has to be placed prominently on the front page of your website.
4) Organization and relevance
A sitemap enables you to have a complete bird’s eye view of your site structure, and whenever you need to add new content or new sections, you’ll be able to take the existing hierarchy into consideration just by glancing at the sitemap. As a result, you will have a perfectly organized website with everything sorted according to their relevance.
From the above reasons, it is most important to implement a sitemap for website projects with a considerable size. Via this way, you will be in a position to keep your website effortlessly accesible and neatly organized for everyone.
Carol Lee is an expert author specialised in web design and development.