Sitemaps are a hierarchical diagram showing the structure of a website or application. They are used by User Experience Designers and Information Architects to define the taxonomy through grouping of related content. They are an important step of the user centred process as they ensure content is in places users would expect to find it. They can also be used as a reference point for wireframes, functional specifications and content maps.

Sitemaps are useful in several ways:

  • They show how the navigation should be structured
  • They help identify where content will sit and what needs to be produced
  • They help show the relationship between different pages
  • They provide a structure upon which to begin estimates for development
  • They are the first tangible deliverable showing what you will be creating

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How to create a UX Sitemap: a simple guideline

Overall, a UX sitemap informs user-centered decisions in navigation, labeling, and organization. Here’s a quick recap:

  • What: UX sitemap is a hierarchical diagram of linked pages.
  • When: Create early in the UX design process, after discovery phase.
  • How: Each page has a reference number and label, and pages are linked from high-level categories to specific pages. Consider a flat sitemap for smaller websites, and deep sitemap for larger.
  • Why: UX sitemap shows a full picture of your digital product so you can make better design decisions.

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