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Sitemaps

Justification
A good sitemap is a functional web-design tool that allows to administrators to easily see the structure of website, along with an overview of it’s content. A sitemap can be useful for quickly bringing a new admin up to speed on a site, quickly reviewing navigation and structure, and determining what content should be on a site in case of a failure or restoration from a backup.
Scope
There are two different types of sitemaps—one used for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), meant to be parsed by a computer, and a visual sitemap, meant to be used by human beings. Since eLearning is less concerned with how Google indexes our sites (the majority of our traffic is internal), this project will focus on creating a visual sitemap for LCC eLearning Admins.
A separate sitemap will be created for each eLearning site (Instructor and Student). These sitemaps will include:
The title of each currently visible page, nested under the category(s) it appears on on the website
A list of links on each page
A brief summary of any other content on the page
Date that page was last updated, and by whom
Research Questions
What are best practices for generating and maintaining a sitemap? Can it be automated?
Is there key information that a sitemap should contain other than what is outlined above?
Sitemaps Tasks
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Sitemap Research
Dave Zokvic
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Backup Process Clarified
11/2/2021
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Launched
12/16/2021
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Test Plugin
12/13/2021
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Build Initial Sitemap
12/13/2021
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Translate Sitemap to Usable Format
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Resources
It looks like the most efficent way to generate the inital sitemap will be to use a Wordpress plugin called: . This will generate a sitemap page that lives on the site, that can be hidden from end-users, but then easily adapted and translated to other formats to be storable and usable.
Best web practice for installing new WP plugins is to first complete this on a test or staging site to ensure proper functionality. See plan for for these launches.

Deliverables
The Wordpress Sitemap Plugin has been deployed on both /stest and /itest. Given the database parity between the two sites, it’s not necessary to reply the sitemaps to production—they will be updated with an semi-annual refresh of the test instance database. URLs for sitemaps are:

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