Before we answer this question, let's clarify the difference between XML and HTML sitemaps. XML sitemaps are used by search engines to help index your site, whereas HTML sitemaps are used by your website visitors to navigate your site.
The most helpful XML sitemaps are comprehensive. They display a near-complete list of links to help illustrate your website structure to search engines. HTML sitemaps, on the other hand, are usually best kept to a few links to your website's main areas and most important pages. This makes it easier for your users to figure out where they need to go.
With Sitemapper, you can choose which links go into each version of the sitemap. Here's how:
Note: We recommend setting the default map type to XML. That way your XML sitemap will be comprehensive, and you won't have to manually add very many links to your HTML sitemap.
- Before you do anything, set your scanning preferences by going to Settings > Scan Options > Default Options. Select the default map you would like to add your pages to from the Default Map Type drop-down menu.
- Click OK to exit the Sitemap Options window.
- Scan your Website by clicking the Start Scan button.
- When your website scan is complete, go through the Map column in the main work-space and change the maps for as many individual pages as you like.