What is a website sitemap and why is it so important?

If you have not heard of the term "sitemap" before then this post is certainly worth a read.

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If you have not heard of the term "sitemap" before then this post is certainly worth a read.

Let's start by understanding what it is. In a nutshell a sitemap is a file that contains all the links that you would like either your users to see or a search engine to crawl through on your website.

There are 2 types of sitemaps

HTML sitemaps
This is a visually pleasing sitemap that a user can look at to understand the structure of your website and to quickly find the page they are looking for. Often HTML sitemaps are a page within their own right that has a link to it, more often than not, down at the bottom of a website, in the footer.

Example Pebble HTML Sitemap (opens in a new window)

XML sitemaps
An XML sitemap contains the same links as a HTML sitemap except it uses a structured markup, see the image below, it is not a nice thing to look at but search engines such as Google and Bing love this format as they can quickly index it.

Example Pebble XML Sitemap (opens in a new window)

You can also have a sitemap in a text document as well, this is perfectly fine but not as popular as HTML and XML sitemaps.

What if I don't have a sitemap on my website?
If you do not have a sitemap then we recommend you talk to a website specialist like Pebble about the benefits of having a sitemap and the negative and detrimental effects this could be having on your search engine rankings.

I have a sitemap, i see it!
This is great news, you now need to get the link to this sitemap and ensure you register it with Google Webmaster Tools and Bing Webmaster Tools. This is very easy and free of charge. (See our useful links at the bottom of the page)

By submitting your sitemaps to Google and Bing you are prompting them to index your website.

If you have any questions about sitemaps or website design and best practices then you can contact Pebble on 01733 367799 or contact us via our contact form.

Useful Resources

  1. Pebble
  2. Web Design
  3. Google Webmaster Tools
  4. Bing Webmaster Tools
  5. Sitemaps on Wikipedia

What is a website sitemap and why is it so important?

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What is a website sitemap and why is it so important? What is a website sitemap and why is it so important? If you have not heard of the term "sitemap" before then this post is certainly worth a read.

If you have not heard of the term "sitemap" before then this post is certainly worth a read.

Let's start by understanding what it is. In a nutshell a sitemap is a file that contains all the links that you would like either your users to see or a search engine to crawl through on your website.

There are 2 types of sitemaps

HTML sitemaps
This is a visually pleasing sitemap that a user can look at to understand the structure of your website and to quickly find the page they are looking for. Often HTML sitemaps are a page within their own right that has a link to it, more often than not, down at the bottom of a website, in the footer.

Example Pebble HTML Sitemap (opens in a new window)

XML sitemaps
An XML sitemap contains the same links as a HTML sitemap except it uses a structured markup, see the image below, it is not a nice thing to look at but search engines such as Google and Bing love this format as they can quickly index it.

Example Pebble XML Sitemap (opens in a new window)

You can also have a sitemap in a text document as well, this is perfectly fine but not as popular as HTML and XML sitemaps.

What if I don't have a sitemap on my website?
If you do not have a sitemap then we recommend you talk to a website specialist like Pebble about the benefits of having a sitemap and the negative and detrimental effects this could be having on your search engine rankings.

I have a sitemap, i see it!
This is great news, you now need to get the link to this sitemap and ensure you register it with Google Webmaster Tools and Bing Webmaster Tools. This is very easy and free of charge. (See our useful links at the bottom of the page)

By submitting your sitemaps to Google and Bing you are prompting them to index your website.

If you have any questions about sitemaps or website design and best practices then you can contact Pebble on 01733 367799 or contact us via our contact form.

Useful Resources

  1. Pebble
  2. Web Design
  3. Google Webmaster Tools
  4. Bing Webmaster Tools
  5. Sitemaps on Wikipedia

Contact Pebble

  • Pebble Ltd (Peterborough)
    26 Tesla Court
    Innovation Way
    Peterborough
    PE2 6FL
    Tel: 01733 902070
  • Pebble Ltd (Kings Langley)
    The Old Chapel
    69 Primrose Hill
    Kings Langley
    WD4 8HX
    Tel: 01442 505878