Create a Sitemap for Your Website
Content organization in is one of the most important website aspects. A thoughtful organization will ensure a visitor searching for information will be able to find it quickly on your website, rather than looking for it elsewhere. You will need to create a sitemap which organizes your website’s content sections.
Below is an example of a website sitemap, which is similar to a book’s table of contents.
- Why Us
- Service name #1
- Service name #2
- Service name #3
- Question #1 & Answer #1
- Question #2 & Answer #2
- Question #3 & Answer #3
- Contact form
- Privacy notice
Komotion is adept at taking your content and put it together into a professional and easy to use website. When we develop and build your website, we will use this structure to design the website navigation and page layouts.
- The first-level list, in bold above, may become the menu items you will see on the main navigation bar
- Some small sections, in italic above, may be grouped together and placed on the parent page
- Some secondary elements, in underline above, may be placed in less prominent areas such as the footer
The more detailed you are in this phase, the better the website design can be. Detail will also help you in the writing phase, when you fill out each section. It is a good idea in this sitemap to identify not only pages but page sections as well, identified by a sub-heading. This will help comprehend more easily the site structure, ensure you will not forget important ideas you need to incorporate into your writing and will make it easier to refine your list by moving these items around and grouping them in different ways until you are happy with the result.
The size of your website and the amount of content you want to have is up to you. A small business can have only 6-12 pages. An organization that regularly publishes articles, newsletters, blog posts, etc. may require thousands of pages. To get a better sense of what may be best, or expected, for your business, search the web for other websites in your field. Take a look at what information they have and how it is structured to get ideas on how you want your website to be.
[note_box]Homework: Create the sitemap list of you want for your website, based on the example above.[/note_box]
When the overall structure is complete, you will be in position to start writing the actual text content (or “copy”) to fill in your website