- Provide users with a solution, in case they become disoriented, for navigating and getting their bearings within the site and for viewing all of the contents and the size of the site.
- Encourage content managers to provide graphic representations and streamline their content.
- Improve the way content is taken into account by search engines and indexing tools.
- Improve the accessibility of content for people with disabilities.
Create a site plan that gives access, directly or indirectly, to all pages of the website in the form of a listing of explicit text links.
Structure this listing to reflect the organisation of the website's topics, using title elements and nested listing elements.
The depth of the site tree to be represented varies depending on the content, but it is generally limited to the first three levels. Satellite pages such as the Contact page and legal notices must appear in the site map.
This check is better carried out if possible from the templates, taking into account any third-party services. On the website:
- Check that there is a site map page;
- Check that a link to it is available on each page of the website.
The location of the link to the site map is not important (header, menu, footer) but it is preferable that it is the same throughout the website. The presence of the "site map" link is particularly important on 404 and 403 pages.