Sitemaps: Your Project at a Glance


Sitemaps: Your Project at a Glance

Unless you’re a real-life Sherlock Holmes, you’ve probably struggled to make sense of all the information that inherently comes with any large project.

When creating websites especially, this challenge can be tremendous, as in order to minimise clutter and maximise revenue, one must somehow determine which pages should be used and where, as well as how and why.

Thankfully, however, a little trick of the trade exists to curb this problem — to be specific, maritime trade!

Consider the world and its enormous size. Before the advent of cartography, understanding our location on the planet was tantamount to a senseless guessing game. Yet along came Joan Blaeu, the official cartographer for the Dutch East India trading company. In 1662, his exquisite Atlas Maior marked a major turning point in human history, providing mankind with its first real glimpse of the wider global landscape.

Although Blaeu’s work spanned a staggering 11 volumes, mercifully, preparing sitemaps to organise your project is a wildly simpler affair.

A Powerful Diagram

Because every project is a massive group undertaking, it is crucial that everyone involved should be able to understand it. Anything to the contrary will do nothing but increase the odds of something somewhere getting lost in translation.

This is where a sitemap comes extremely in handy. In fact, even before design work and content creation have officially begun, sitemaps may be used to outline one’s goals and easily share a website’s priorities. 

In more practical terms, however, a sitemap consists of nothing more than a basic tree structure diagram arranged hierarchically. As seen