XML Sitemaps Are Not All That
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Xml Sitemaps Are Not All That
Posted 12 January 2009 - 05:04 PM
XML Sitemaps Are Not All That
Posted 12 January 2009 - 06:15 PM
Too many developers in recent years automatically think when you say site map that you mean the Google sitemap, or an endless list of links automatically generated by whatever software they use to fill in the blank or cut and paste sites together.
A well planned, organized Site Map created for humans and linked to from your home page can really help visitors and the search engines find their way around your site.
Posted 12 January 2009 - 08:40 PM
Posted 13 January 2009 - 04:38 AM
Oops, silly me you don't do standards do you
Edited by 1dmf, 13 January 2009 - 05:13 AM.
Posted 13 January 2009 - 06:06 AM
I may not do standards per se 1dmf, but one thing you can count on is that every e-commerce site I create will always have some type of functional site map.
Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:40 PM
I do loves me a good old-fashioned human readable sitemap. Like Randy, I use them frequently myself. I can't say every site I code has one, but then again, for instance, an eight-page site doesn't really need one. For that one, the site menu pretty much serves the purpose, and it's conveniently located on every page!
Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:44 PM
Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:58 PM
Posted 13 January 2009 - 07:46 PM
Lazy site development is really getting out of control!
Simply being able to enter info into a database, fill in the blank or copy and paste info into a software program that creates the page for you does not make someone a professional website developer, no matter how much they charge.
The people they are "helping" are not really being helped at all, and are sometimes actually being hurt.
I know of a company where the area code was left out of the phone number and the email was left as firstname.lastname@example.org for months, even though the site had supposedly been updated. The look had been changed but ended up worse than the original due to this and other factors such as pages missing, links not working, etc...
Can you imagine not even checking the work you have done to be sure it is showing up properly?
User friendly web design is becoming a lost art!
Posted 14 January 2009 - 12:46 AM
Apple's sitemap is as usual with their design, clean, logical, & ez to use.
Arranged logically, not alphabetically
Posted 14 January 2009 - 07:54 AM
Ours has been email@example.com for years, because that IS our company customer facing mail box.
Is there a problem with having this mailbox?
Posted 14 January 2009 - 08:31 AM
Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:03 AM
Edited by 1dmf, 14 January 2009 - 09:23 AM.
Posted 14 January 2009 - 07:45 PM
Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:19 AM
Is technically robots.txt and sitemap.xml part of your website?
should both be linked to from your HTML sitemap?
Though linking direct to XML files isn't so bad, IE is semi XML compatible, though i haven't worked out a use for it yet
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