Creating a sitemap is an important part of creating a new website. No matter if you’re creating a new site or you’re working on that’s been around a while, it’s worth making a sitemap for it. It’s been recommended by Google itself that you have a sitemap for larger websites of over 500 pages.
There are two types of sitemaps you can use – HTML and XML. The biggest difference between the two is that an HTML sitemap helps visitors gain a comprehensive understanding of your site, but an XML sitemap caters to search engines. XML sitemaps will notify search engines when you add new pages or content to your site.
Not only do sitemaps help visitors navigate your site, there are other reasons you should include them with your site. Eli Schwartz has seven reasons why you will still need to have one.