Import Information on Themes

With the release of Sitemapper 6.x, the default locations where themes are stored has been changed as well as the format of the themes. This means all themes created with Sitemapper 5.0 or lower are no longer compatible with version 6.x or higher.

While your first instinct will be to scream “unfair”, this is actually a good thing. With version 6.x, we have made it so all themes are now responsive, which means they will look great on any device that 32 accesses your sitemap (tablet, mobile phone, desktop). To make all that work, the themes had to be recoded to support this new format.

So to recap what we are saying here: Any theme purchased prior to v6 are no longer compatible with this update. If you would like to continue using those themes, do not install this update.

How to Install Themes

You have a variety of ways in which you can now install your themes into Sitemapper 6. Themes can also be installed individually or you can select multiple themes to install them at once.

  • Double-click on any .CST file to install it.
  • Open Sitemapper and go to the File Menu > Import Theme Package.
  • Open Sitemapper, click on the Designer Toolbar Icon and then click the Green + sign.

If you have themes that were created with a proior version of Sitemapper, these themes are no longer compatible with Sitemapper. While your first instinct will be to scream “unfair”, this is actually a good thing.

With version 6.x, we have made it so all themes are now responsive, which means they will look great on any device that accesses your sitemap (tablet, mobile phone, desktop). To make all that work, the themes had to be recoded to support this new format.

Need more themes? Head over to Themes Store to check them all out.

How to Install the Sitemap Theme Design Module

The Sitemap Theme Design Module is an add-on to Sitemapper. This is separate program that needs to be purchased in addition to Sitemapper as either a module or part of the Sitemap Resource Pack. You can fully test this module in the trial version.

Please see http://www.coffeecup.com/help/articles/1018 for more detailed information on installation.

Sitemapper Installation Directory

If you just installed Sitemapper 6.0, the new location for the EXE, Scheduler and PDF files has changed. See http://www.coffeecup.com/help/articles/1017 for more information.

Links in JavaScript, DHTML and Flash

Sitemapper scans your website in the same way as the spiders from popular search engines such as Google & Bing. This means that it does not follow links in JavaScript, DHTML, or Flash files. Here’s why: Search engine spiders can only follow HTML.

Let’s use Flash as an example. A Flash-based webpage is pretty and interactive when a human looks at it, but when a search engine spider tries to scan it, all it sees is an <embed> tag. It can’t go into the Flash animation to find the links, so it skips past the page, and your site doesn’t get a good ranking. Simple as that.

So what’s the solution? Use HTML for all your links and navigation. If you want your site to rank well in search engine results, to work correctly on all browsers, and to be accessible to people with disabilities, you have to structure your site with semantically valid HTML and add CSS and JavaScript using the principles of progressive enhancement.