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Outline Format - Perhaps most common format for a site map is a simple outline. This is most similar to table of contents of a book, with everything listed from top to bottom in a specific order.
This format is most useful for smaller, less complicated sites (under a hundred pages) with a straightforward design. The main disadvantage is that as your site grows, site map grows and takes longer to load into your visitors browsers. It is, however, by far easiest of all for your visitors to grasp and understand, as your entire site is presented on a single page in a logical manner.
Multi-column outline - Many web sites use this format. It is similar to Outline format, but with several columns. It has same advantages and disadvantages as outline format, although it can be slightly more confusing to your visitors.
Portal Format - This format consists of a main page which indexes additional pages, which may in turn index additional pages. Thus your main page may consist of overall general contents, with links to more specific contents. This format is most useful for very large sites or sites with complicated organizations. It is a little more difficult for your visitors as it requires more clicks to move around, but it is better than Outline format for large sites.
No matter what you decide, important thing to remember is to make it easy on your visitors. They are reason why you created your web site, after all, and easier you make it for them to get around, more they will explore and more you will meet goals you made when you created your site.
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