How to Create a Visual Sitemap in WordPress

Ever wanted to display a visual sitemap in WordPress? A visual sitemap allows you to present a hierarchical layout of your different pages and sections. In this article, we will show you how to create a visual sitemap in WordPress without writing any code. Difference… Read More »

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Ever wanted to display a visual sitemap in WordPress? A visual sitemap allows you to present a hierarchical layout of your different pages and sections. In this article, we will show you how to create a visual sitemap in WordPress without writing any code.

Adding a visual sitemap

Difference between HTML, XML, and Visual Sitemaps in WordPress

An XML sitemap is generated for machines and search engines. It uses XML markup language to represent the contents of your site.

Search engines can use these sitemaps to prioritize and adjust crawling rate for your website. See our guide on how to add an XML sitemap in WordPress.

On the other hand, a HTML sitemap is intended to be used by your website visitors (real people). It simply displays a list of your pages and different sections of your website on a single page. See our guide on how to add an HTML sitemap in WordPress.

While the HTML sitemap is great to show your site’s structure, sometimes it isn’t the ideal option to display the hierarchy of your website.

This is where a visual sitemap comes in handy. It allows you to show items, child-items, sibling items in a tree-like structure.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to easily add a visual sitemap in WordPress.

Adding Visual Sitemap in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Slick Sitemap plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Now before you setup the plugin, you need to create a navigation menu in WordPress. Take a look at our beginner’s guide to learn how to add navigation menus in WordPress.

Using the WordPress navigation menus, you can create menus with sub-menus, and sub-menus can have their own sub-menu items.

Creating your visual sitemap with navigation menus in WordPress

This navigation menu will have all the pages or posts that you want to display in your visual map. You can name this menu Visual Sitemap and save it.

You can also create another menu or use an existing menu with just the few important pages. This menu will be used as the utility menu on top of your visual sitemap.

Once you have created the menus, it is time to setup your visual sitemap. Visit Settings » Slick Sitemap page to configure the plugin.

Slick sitemap settings

In the default sitemap menu option, you need to select your main visual sitemap menu. Choose the number of columns you want to be displayed.

Lastly, you need to choose the utility menu and click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Displaying Visual Sitemap on Your WordPress Site

Now that you have successfully created and setup a visual sitemap, the next step is to display the sitemap on a page in your WordPress site.

Simply create a new page in WordPress and add this shortcode in the content area.

[slick-sitemap]

After that click on the save or publish button to store your changes. You can now visit this page and see the visual sitemap in action.

Example of a visual sitemap in WordPress

We hope this article helped you add a visual sitemap in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of 25 most useful WordPress widgets for your site.

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How to Add an HTML Sitemap Page in WordPress

Are you looking to build a HTML sitemap in WordPress? Unlike XML sitemaps that you submit to search engines for better crawling, HTML sitemaps show an organized list of your pages for your users. In this article, we will show you how to add an… Read More »

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Are you looking to build a HTML sitemap in WordPress? Unlike XML sitemaps that you submit to search engines for better crawling, HTML sitemaps show an organized list of your pages for your users. In this article, we will show you how to add an HTML sitemap page in WordPress.

What’s The Difference Between XML and HTML Sitemaps

An XML sitemap is written or generated in XML markup language preferred by search engines. You can submit your site’s XML sitemap to webmaster tools to improve and control your site’s crawling rate by search engines.

An HTML sitemap on the other hand is supposed to be geared towards your actual website visitors. It is written or generated in plain HTML, and it usually lists all the pages/posts that are available on your WordPress site.

Now that you know the difference, lets add a HTML sitemap page in WordPress.

Adding an HTML Sitemap With All Posts and Pages

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Hierarchical HTML Sitemap plugin. The plugin works out of the box and there is no settings page for it.

Simply create a new page where you want to display your sitemap. Next, add this simple shortcode inside the content area.

[htmlmap showpages]

This is how the plugin will show your sitemap. At top, it will show your categories with the number of posts in each category following by a list of your posts and then finally your pages.

HTML Sitemap in WordPress with categories and posts

Even though the plugin does not have a settings page, the shortcode itself comes with a number of parameters. This allows you to setup your HTML sitemap in anyway you want. See the plugin’s download page for a full list of parameters, and how to use them.

Creating an HTML Sitemap in WordPress Showing Only Pages

Many site owners use WordPress as a CMS with their main content served as pages (See our guide on the difference between posts and pages).

In this case, you would want to your HTML Sitemap to show pages in the proper hierarchical order. Here is how you can add HTML Sitemap with only pages.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Sitemap Page. Upon activation, simply add this shortcode to the page where you want to display your HTML sitemap.

[wp_sitemap_page only=”page” display_title=”false”]

This is how it will display your HTML sitemap with all your WordPress pages listed in a hierarchical list.

HTML sitemap showing only WordPress pages

WP Sitemap Page comes with a lot of options and you can configure them by visiting Settings » WP Sitemap Page in your WordPress admin area.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add an HTML sitemap page in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of 9 best WordPress SEO plugins and tools that you should use.

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