Sitemaps are to a website what the table of contents are to a book. They enlist the links to every page of your website like a catalog in the form of HTML or XML files and also contain the metadata for their keyword oriented descriptions to help make them more readily accessible to the search engines.
Types of sitemaps
Sitemaps are basically of two types. One is the HTML site-mapping which deals with the over-all user interaction of the website and provides the visitor with a clear preview of what the website is like. It is designed to improve the human-web interface.
The other one is XML site-mapping. It is an XML file stored in the website root folder. These files display ...