Why is the sitemap used for the website?

Why is the sitemap used for the website?

XML sitemap is a list of your website’s URLs. It acts as a roadmap to tell search engines what content is available and how to reach it.

  • XML sitemaps help search engines and spiders discover the pages on your website. These sitemaps give search engines a website’s URLs and offer data a complete map of all pages on a site. This helps search engines prioritize pages that they will crawl.
  • A sitemap helps the users and search engines to locate the pages easily and work can be done more rapidly.
  • A sitemap is a list of pages of a website. Site maps used during the planning of a website by its designers. Human-visible listings, typically hierarchical, of the pages on a site. Structured listings intended for web crawlers such as search engines.

Sitemaps are representatives of your website. Google crawler can get a path and map to structure all the website pages. And understand the connections of pages.

“To provide an organized structure of pages to crawlers” is called sitemap. They are simply XML files that inform about the website’s complete organized structure, so it can not be problematic for crawlers to crawl our website and understand the exact structure. A sitemap is an XML file that we upload in our website’s root directory, where crawlers come and find the sitemap and according to that, crawlers can crawl your website and index. It makes it easy for crawlers to utilize limited resources properly.

For users, who come to the website, it gets confusing as they cannot find where to go, if the sitemap is missing. Without a sitemap, it is problematic for the users, as to where and how to navigate from one page to another. Sometimes a simple sitemap can increase user experience to a great extent.

There are two types of sitemaps XML and HTML

XML sitemap is actually for the crawler, the language of XML sitemap crawler can be understood better. An XML sitemap is specifically written for search engine spiders. It can easily extract all the important pieces of information about your website, by looking at the XML file. It gives information about the URL. The priority of the URL is 0.1 to 1. With the help of the google search console, we can interact between crawlers on our website.

HTML sitemap is for the users. An HTML sitemap enables lost human users to find a page on your site that they are actually looking for. With an HTML sitemap, users can easily see your pages/subpages of the website. You can mention the sitemap in the footer of the page.

Both XML and HTML sitemap are essential and recommended by Google from an SEO point of view.