A sitemap contains a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users.

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How do you document your interaction flows?

For many years I've been using an evolved version of Jesse James Garrett's Visvocab diagramming style for documenting information architecture and interaction design concepts. Today though we're ...
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What is the best way to visually present a sitemap?

Do you know which are the common patterns for a graphical representation of a sitemap?
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Is it still relevant to include a Sitemap page?

SEO has moved on over the years, so do you feel that it's still necessary to include a sitemap page on a site (For UX purposes, as well as SEO)?
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How do you map the flow of a mobile application? Can you provide examples?

I'm currently working on the IA/UX for a mobile application and as I'm mapping it out it doesn't seem like a traditional site map makes sense nor does a flowchart. Can anyone point me to a good set of ...
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Designing modern Site Maps

In my opinion, the Site Map is possibly the most important deliverable for any IA or User Experience project. The structure of the website needs to be pinned down before anything else can be started. ...
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Whats the best way to represent private pages in an information architecture map?

I am creating an information architecture map for a site I am working on. 90% of the site is visible to all on the Internet, but the 10% is available for users, based on their role. My question is ...
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How do I make a sitemap for a non-trivial and non-linear e-commerce web app?

When I was researching how to do a sitemap, most of the examples I saw were for institutional websites. In my case, it's for an e-commerce web application that doesn't follow that same linearity. ...
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How do you present tags and other non-hierarchical meta data as a delivery for your client?

It used to be so simple. A web site was always built around a hierarchical structure that made the sitemap fairly easy to visualise. But then came the blogs, the tags and contextual navigation along ...
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Where do you place the homepage on a sitemap?

Simple question really: on your site maps, do you always place the homepage (if existant) as the top single level of a site map, or do you treat it as a sibling on the other main level pages?
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Best tool/program/method for taking a site inventory? [closed]

As an IA, I frequently take a detailed content inventory of a site, capturing basic things such as page titles, URL, and META keywords (to name a few). What programs have people found success with? ...
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Using keyword research to create a sitemap

I work at a marketing agency that does a lot of SEO/PPC work along with building websites. We do keyword research for the client's domain and then use that to create the sitemap. This is a good idea ...
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What is the best diagram tool? [closed]

During UX work there are many times when you need to build a flow chart, a sitemap or any other type of diagram. I've been using OmniGraffle on my Mac but at work I have to use a PC, so I gave Dia a ...
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Is a sitemap always needed when designing a microsite?

I'm managing the design and development of a microsite that will sit on a subdomain. It will only consist of 5 pages so is a sitemap needed? I would expect the answer is no, but wanted to know if ...
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Can the term “sitemap” also apply to software apps?

A client requested us that he needed the number of pages for the app we are thinking to build. And I came across with this curious question: is that list of pages called "sitemaps" also in a ...
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What do you include in a site inventory report?

When I doing a redesign of a web site sometimes it's interesting to see what existing content we could reuse to save time and money. Usually I try to write down all the pages in a list and then map ...
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When delivering wireframes to a client, what paper size do you output them in?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to present my wireframes to the client as I currently produce them at full resolution (960px width) but end up having them span multiple pages when placed into a ...
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How to help a client evaluate a sitemap

I'm currently working on a redesign of a very large/complex website with tens of thousands of pages and hundreds of contributors. The new design requires a significant departure from the current site ...
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Sitemaps: How do you illustrate drop down menu labels?

When presenting a sitemap for a client and you are using a drop down menu or a mega menu as navigation - how do you illustrate that the menu post that the user would click on to show the links to the ...
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What is proper term for a flow chart for mobile app?

I am creating a user flow aka flow chart aka information flow chart using Balsamiq, not using Omnigraffle or other tools, for a mobile app. What is the proper term for this diagram? See Gustav ...
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Should we give a Site-map page in Mobile Websites?

I noticed Mobile website's are not having site-map page? Is there any reason behind it? Should we give a Site-map page in Mobile Websites? Can it be useful? I think user can see the sitemap page ...
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Where and why to place tabs in a web-site?

In my case there is pretty much a "tab-ception". There are a few sections that have their own child sections. Surfing from section to section (or child section to child section) is like using tabs. ...
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How do I handle duplicate content in the site structure?

I'm working on the information architecture of a new website and have an issue about duplicate content. I'm looking at having 3 main sections where users would go into 1 of the 3 sections depending ...
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At which point do you have the sitemap fully worked out?

Reviewed the project plan for a redesign I'm working on which was put together by a project manager and not informed by a UX'er. The project plan asks for the site map deliverable to be documented ...
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What is the best approach for a sitemap for a very large website?

I'm currently working on a new website for a university. The website is going to have up to 6000 pages with a depth of six or so levels. Now the clients wants a visual sitemap, a graph representing ...
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Sports club websites

We have a league website and within that site you can drill down to club sites. The problem is though, when clicking on a club site, the header will stay on the league site, but the content in the ...
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Application Map - software and / or method suggestion

We are developing a very large application and we need to map it for executives to be able to understand and follow the process. I am not making a mind-map like network visual on prezi (sorry I can ...
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What is the difference between a sitemap an architectural blueprint and a task flow?

As I understand and so far I have been reading about this, sitemaps would only show pages and relations between them. An architectural blueprint would show pages, pages components and relationships ...
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What should every basic website have (SEO, Sitemap, Legal) [closed]

Say you've designed a small business website for a client - very simple, a few pages and a contact form. Beyond the site functionality itself, what else should be included in a basic website package? ...
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Best Programs for Mapping Out Interaction [closed]

What are the best programs to quickly map out the potential interactions/workflows of a website or mobile application concept? I'm looking for something simple and quick to learn so that the whole ...