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A SITE MAP (or SITEMAP) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users. 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 website , typically organized in hierarchical fashion.

Sitemaps make relationships between pages and other content components. It shows shape of information space in overview. Sitemaps can demonstrate organization, navigation, and labeling system.

CONTENTS

* 1 Types of site maps

* 2 XML
XML
sitemaps

* 2.1 Benefits of XML
XML
sitemaps to search-optimize Flash sites

* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

TYPES OF SITE MAPS

A site map of what links from the English 's Main Page. Sitemap of Google
Google

There are two popular versions of a site map. An XML
XML
Sitemap is a structured format that a user doesn't need to see, but it tells the search engine about the pages in a site, their relative importance to each other, and how often they are updated. HTML
HTML
sitemaps are designed for the user to help them find content on the page, and don't need to include each and every subpage. This helps visitors and search engine bots find pages on the site. You cannot submit an HTML
HTML
sitemap in Google
Google
Webmaster Tools as it is not a supported sitemap format.

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 alphabetically-organized access to particular content, while a site map provides a general top-down view of the overall site contents organized with a classification system.

XML
XML
is a document structure and encoding standard used, amongst many other things, as the standard for webcrawlers to find and parse sitemaps. There is an example of an XML
XML
sitemap below (missing link to site). The instructions to the sitemap are given to the crawler bot by a Robots Text file , an example of this is also given below. 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 a dynamic access to content such as Adobe Flash or JavaScript menus that do not include HTML
HTML
links.

They also act as a navigation aid by providing an overview of a site's content at a single glance.

XML
XML
SITEMAPS

Main article: Sitemaps

Google
Google
introduced the Sitemaps protocol 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 contains URLs to these pages so that web crawlers can find them. Bing , Google , Yahoo
Yahoo
and Ask now jointly support the Sitemaps protocol.

Since Bing, Yahoo, Ask, and Google
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. Google
Google
Webmaster Tools allow a website owner to upload a sitemap that Google
Google
will crawl, or they can accomplish the same thing with the robots.txt file. On 1st Dec 2016 both Bing and Google confirmed that they now support xml sitemaps up to 50MB in size while uncompressed.

XML
XML
Sitemaps have replaced the older method of "submitting to search engines" by filling out a form on the search engine's submission page. Now web developers submit a Sitemap directly, or wait for search engines to find it.

XML
XML
(Extensible Markup Language) is much more precise than HTML coding. Errors are not tolerated, and so syntax must be exact. It is advised to use an XML
XML
syntax validator such as the free one found at: http://validator.w3.org

There are automated XML
XML
site map generators available (both as software and web applications ) for more complex sites.

More information defining the field operations and other Sitemap options are defined at http://www.sitemaps.org (Sitemaps.org: Google, Inc., Yahoo, Inc., and Microsoft Corporation).

BENEFITS OF XML
XML
SITEMAPS TO SEARCH-OPTIMIZE FLASH SITES

Below is an example of a validated XML
XML
sitemap for a simple three page web site. Sitemaps are a useful tool for making sites built in Flash and other non-html languages searchable. If a website's navigation is built with Flash, an automated search program would probably only find the initial homepage; subsequent pages are unlikely to be found without an XML
XML
sitemap.

XML
XML
sitemap example:

http://www.example.net/?id=who 2009-09-22 monthly 0.8 http://www.example.net/?id=what 2009-09-22 monthly 0.5 http://www.example.net/?id=how 2009-09-22 monthly 0.5

SEE ALSO

* Biositemap , a protocol for broadcasting and disseminating information about computational biology resources (data, software tools and web-services) * Contact page * Home page * Index (search engine) * Link page * Search engine optimization * Sitemaps , an XML
XML
standard for URL inclusion * Web indexing * XML
XML

REFERENCES

* ^ Site Map Usability Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, August 12, 2008 * ^ "Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft Standardize Against Google
Google
Sitemap Protocol". Oreilly . Retrieved 2012-07-24. * ^ Joint announcement from Google, Yahoo, Bing supporting Sitemaps * ^ "Submitting Sitemaps". Google
Google
. Retrieved 2012-07-06. * ^ "Increasing the size limit of Sitemaps file to address evolving webmaster needs". Bing . Retrieved 2016-12-01.