Step 1. Create a Sitemap & Paths
What is a sitemap?
A sitemap is an outline, or hierarchy, of your pages. It also generates the navigation (the arrangement of clickable pages in main drop-down and side menus). Thus, the sitemap is how viewers drill down into your site.
The sitemap builds the navigation, BUT it’s never set in stone. Since you’re able to add, edit, relocate and delete pages (quickly) with Moja, we suggest the sitemap only consists of priority pages to launch the project.
A. Select a sample
When building a sitemap, we recommend using Excel, Numbers (Mac) or a tool like Slickplan. However, the paths will need to be an Excel or Numbers file.
- Build-to-Suit // sample sitemap & paths spreadsheet
- Slickplan // sample sitemap (must convert paths to a spreadsheet)
B. Build a sitemap
1. Start with the least amount of pages to help viewers find information quickly and simplify managing content. You can easily create additional pages if the content increases.
2. Use page names only. Additional notes are welcome, but will not be used in the next step for paths.
3. Determine what pages will use the landing vs secondary page-type (samples below).
4. Start with 6-7 top level (main navigation) pages. See popular top-level pages below.
5. Place all other pages under one of the top pages.
6. All buttons/links on the homepage will point to a page in the sitemap/navigation.
7. You may choose to exclude a page from the navigation by using the exclude from nav attribute, though it will not be listed in the top or side navigation (drop down) menus. Instead, you will need to link to it from another page.
* Landing vs Secondary page-types
* Popular top-level (main nav) pages
About | Connect | Worship | Missions | Resources | Give sample download
About Us | Ministries | Learn | Outreach | Resources | Give sample download
About | Connect | Grow | Serve | Events | Media sample download
Create a list of paths
What is a path?
A path is simply the end of a ulr (everything after the .com or .org). For instance, the url for a Staff page located under the About page would be http://yoursite.com/about/staff, and the path would be /about/staff.
Use the instructions in the sample sitemap & paths spreadsheet to create a list of paths for each page identified in your sitemap and send to DC to review.