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Using a Sitemap to Design Your Website

Posted by Sawyer Vanden Heuvel on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

Website Design Sitemaps

 

Have you ever been to a website and couldn't find what you were looking for? Or clicked on a page, but couldn't get back to where you began? How frustrating is that!? One key component to a good web design is having a well-thoughtout sitemap. 

Here's how you can create an organized sitemap.

1. Start with an outline. 

Remember in school when you would write a paper for a class and you would most likely start your paper by creating an outline? A website is no different. Start with your most important topics first. These items will live on the navigation of your website and this is what will draw people in to learn more about your business.  

For example, if I were creating a simple website for a pet store, here's where I would start:

  1. Home
  2. Products
  3. Pet Grooming
  4. About Us
  5. Find Us

2. Breakout pages as needed.

If you have a product or service that you are trying to promote and want people to find, I recommend creating another page to go under a general category. For example on my "Pet Grooming" page, I would add pages underneath that category for "Dog Grooming" and "Cat Grooming". 

I chose to break my pages out this way because I want my pages to carry more weight on search engines. I could go the easy way and lump everything under one page, but if I can have more content about a certain topic, I'm going to do that so my odds of ranking on a Google search are higher. 

3. List features for each page. 

Once you have your pages outlined, go back to each one and list out features or specific things you want to call out on each page. This is going to help when it comes time to design your website because then you will know what each page is going to have and will help you gather the necessary content. For example, on my "Find Us" page I know that I am going to want my phone number and a Google map of my store location. 

 

Following the steps above and avoiding other common website mistakes will help make your website user-friendly and easy to follow along for your potential customers. Want to learn more on creating a top-notch website? Download our free guide on creating the ultimate website!

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