Hey there everyone:
My site has an XML site map, but I have heard from a few respected sources that an HTML site map can be very helpful, especially if you have lots of categories that are quite a few clicks from the home page.
So I would like to know if there are right and wrong ways to set up your html site map:
1) Should EVERY page really be linked to by the site map?
2) Should you link TO the site map from the home page?
3) How structured should the site map be? If a web site has a gallery, a blog, an articles section, ecommecrce, a directory, does the site map have to be structured so that all the gallery links appear in one section of the site map, all the blog posting links appear in another section, all the ecommerce CATEGORY links appear in one section, all the ecommerce PRODUCT links appeare in another section, etc?
3A) If the answer to question 3 above is that the different links should be segregated, is it best to have them on separate pages altogether? In essence, is it best to have all ecommerce PRODUCT links on one site map page, alld the ecommerece CATEGORY links on a separate page, all the gallery links on another page, etc?
4) Should the site map be MORE than just a list of links? Should each link have an accompanying detailed descriptions of what will be found on that page?
Any other key points I am missing?
Thanks in advance.
Thought I saw a thread on this a while back but I tried using the forum search function and couldn't find it.