Activating the Site Map feature on your Web site is really easy. All you need to do to add a site map to your Web site is load the Site Map module and confirm which sort of Site Map you’d like to use as a default. Confirming that selection activates the site map for this Web site.
We’ll add a little detail to the steps you need to follow, below.
To load the site map module, click on the Site Map button on the Other tab.
On the window that appears you will see a number of settings. These are shown in the screen-shot below:
Before we look at each of these settings we’ll take a moment to consider how the site map tool works.
Basically, there are three parts to the site map creation process:
Part 1: Site map(s) selection/activation and default settings. This initial site map screen that you are looking at includes options for selection of your site map(s) that you would like to use on your Web site, and also settings relating to which (if multiple site maps are activated) site map to use as the default.
Part 2: Site map-specific settings. While it is optional to make any changes to the default settings for each site map, it is highly recommended that you take a moment to adjust the settings for your chosen site map(s), so that it complements the design of your site perfectly.
Part 3: Global Site map styles. The second tab on this screen is where you set the styles for the site maps you have activated on your site.
Returning to the open window (site map manager, above) the options available are:
(Checkbox): Alphabetical. Checking this checkbox activates a site map for your site, with Web pages listed in alphabetical order.
(Checkbox): Based on the Page Order from the Web pages Tab. Checking this checkbox activates a site map for your site, with Web pages listed in the same order as they appear in your Web pages list.
(Checkbox): Based on the Main Navigation Menu. Checking this checkbox activates a site map for your site, with Web pages listed in the same order as they appear on your main navigation menu (and only if they appear in that menu).
Default Site Map – On your navigation menus there is a link to only one site map. In order to determine which of your (selected & activated) site maps your visitors are taken to when they click this site map link, by default, you need to make an appropriate selection from the drop-down list.
Note: Only those site maps that you have activated will appear in this drop-down list.
Having made your selection of the site map(s) you would like to feature on your site, you may now edit the settings for each of the maps that you have activated.
All three of the site map types have their own settings, accessed by clicking the button to the right of the checkbox list.
When you click any of the buttons, the site map settings screen will appear. Using this screen is the same process for each site-map (although, of course, settings you change will only apply to the site map for which you opted to edit the settings).
The window will look like the image below:
There are two tabbed screens containing different settings that we can adjust for our chosen site map:
Step 1: File Names and Meta Data – On this first tab you can change the page and file names, adjust the menu text (used to link to your site map) and also set up keywords and description for the actual site map page. This is very important as it’s a page that you very much hope search engines will review (having links to all of the pages on your site you’d like indexing) so you really must include appropriate meta data.
Step 2 – Other Settings – This second tab includes pagination settings (for splitting our site map over multiple pages, if our site has many pages) and also some settings relating to the location of the site map file and top/bottom-of page text placement. These settings will be explained fully a little later on in this section.
The tabs above can all be accessed directly, simply by clicking on the tab itself. You may also navigate from tab to tab using the button at the bottom of the window. The following sections look at each of these tabs in more detail.