How to Create a Site Map for a Web Page

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A site map works much like a Table of Contents (see 'How to Add a Table of Contents to a Web Page'). Use a Site Map if you have a large site with many different pages and target links (see 'How to Add a Target Link to a Web Page'). This tutorial requires a basic knowledge of HTML (see 'How to Learn HTML') or a web design application (see 'How to Choose a Web Design Application').

  • Create a Site Map using a word-processing program or a sheet of paper. Be sure to include all pages and necessary target links.

  • Start a text-editing program, such as EditPad or Notepad. Open the page where the Site Map will be located, or create a new page for the Site Map.

  • Position the cursor at the insertion point.

  • Copy and paste the Site Map from the word-processing program, or type it in manually.

  • Link to each referenced page or target link using the command. Be sure to close the command with .

  • Save the page and preview it in a browser. Check all links to make sure they are valid.

  • Upload the page to your website and re-check the links.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a Table of Contents, navigation bar or buttons on your web site, be sure to update them to include the Site Map.
  • Some web design applications, such as Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver, have tutorials or built-in commands for creating a Site Map. Check your web design application's Help file for more information.
  • Visit the Site Map on your favorite sites for ideas on how to create and organize your site map.
  • Always verify your links and make sure the pages you are linking to are current.
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