A sitemap is a schematic for a site showing the pages and linked relationships among them. This document gives the designer an overview of the site, which allows designers to understand the breadth of the navigational needs of the project:
- What pages need to be reached from every page?
- Is there a target page that the client wants to lead people to?
All of these questions can be answered by the examining the sitemap.
Examples of Sitemaps
The sitemap helps you visualize the structure of a website — its information architecture — before you build it. To create a sitemap, you translate each main idea and subcategory from your outline into a diagram of boxes connected by lines and arrows to show how the pages interconnect.