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Generate a "site map" from hierarchical list of pages

Posted on 2012-03-16
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I use a hierarchical numbering system to identify pages when I inventory a web site.  This system is based on where the pages are linked (starting from the home page).  I store my page lists in Excel or Access.

The page ID system works like this:  The page linked to the first link on the home page is identified as page 1 and the page linked to the second link on the home page is page 2.  The page linked to first link on page 1 is identified as 1.1.  The page linked to first link on page 2 is identified as 2.1. and so on. (Since I like to sort these IDs, I use two digits before every period, e.g., 01.01 or 02.01, or else 1.10 would fall before than 1.2)

Could I use this numbering system to create something like a site map?  Perhaps by using the number of periods to insert an appropriate number of tabs before the name of each page on a print out of the site's pages.  That might not print well for a really deep site, though.

I've used Mind Manager to make mind maps shaped like org charts.  Any ideas for exporting this to Mind Manager perhaps to make a mind map or any other org chart kind of tool?

Any ideas?
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Jeff is right that visio (Professional not Standard) includes a template that will build a site map for you.

As another option, you could use the Visio org chart wizard to create a diagram for you. The only requirement is that each row of data other than the top one needs to indicate the "person" to whom it reports. Using your numbering system, you would just need to add a column to the workbook something like the image below:
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scott
<Jeff is right that visio (Professional not Standard) includes a template that will build a site map for you.>

Well, half right at least...

LOL
;-)

Jeff
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Has anyone ever done this Mind Manger or or other mind mapping program?  I don't have Visio right now, & not sure I want to invest in it.
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You might want to request that the Visio Zone be added to this Question.

Perhaps a Visio Expert has some experience in Mind Manager...
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