Create a Sitemap
It is recommended you design the structure and content of your website based off of a well designed sitemap. The sitemap is the architectural plan for your website and, as a result, should be the first to be built, even if it is simply a bulleted list of required sectional and content pages.
Building your Sitemap
It is fairly simple to build a sitemap by using a program such as Microsoft Word. The bullet list below shows multiple levels representing the organization and flow of the website.
- About Us
- Contact us
Implementing your Sitemap in Solodev
Once you have your completed your Sitemap, it is time to build your folder structure in Solodev that reflects your hierarchy. In this article we will walk you step by step through building out the sitemap above in Solodev.
To begin, we will build out our folder structure (which mimic our sitemap) in the web files directory
Step 1 - Open the web files directory and click Add->Folder
Step 2 - Name your folder "About Us", the first folder in the sitemap, and click Submit.
Step 3 - Repeat Step 2 for the remaining folders specified in your sitemap.
So now we've built out our web files directory. This is where the HTML Content will live with each folder serving as a repository for HTML Content.
Simply add the same folders you added to the web files directory to the www directory as shown below.
Note: Although the folder structure in web files and www are pretty close to identical, there are some key differences to consider.
- In web files, the folders contain HTML files whereas in the www directory the folders contain web pages made up of the HTML content from the web files directory.
- The homepage (index.stml) is in the root of the site so it is not housed in a folder and lives in the root of the www directory.