VISUALISE YOUR SITE
ADVANCED SITE MAPPING
The default options of Web sitemapping make for a pretty excit-ing site management tool, but thereare lots more advanced options tohelp you get the information youneed about your Web site.One thing to make sure of beforeyou start any new map is that youhave a completely clean Vi s i opage. It’s usually easier to just starta whole new Web Site Map docu-ment each time you map a site.Create a new Web Site Map doc-ument as described earlier, andthen click the Options ... buttonin the resulting dialog. This givesyou the Links and Advanced tabs,with which you can change thecrawler settings (Figure 3). By de-fault, the mapper looks for everystandard kind of link found on the
Web page. The Links tab lets youspecify the ones you’re interested
in. This can be helpful when you just want HTML page links, orwhen you are trying to sort out alinking problem (when your imagelinks aren’t working, for example).Bef ore you can turn anything on
or off, you’ll need to deselect theAll Links option. Once you turnthat option off, you can select ordeselect diff e rent types of files.You can also use this tab to addn o n s t a n d a rd file types, such asthose you’ve developed yourself.When you check the Duplicatelinks box, your diagram shows allthe links from each page, eventhose that appear more than onceon a page. This option is usuallychecked, but it can return a huge
number of links if you have useda link many times—a tiny graphicthat’s used as a bullet in a long list,for example. So you may want toturn this option off to avoid un-necessary clutter on your diagram.The Links on a remote site check box shows the connections fromyour site to external sites. By de-fault, this box is checked. Vi s iogives you a shape for every pageyou link to on remote sites of anykind, but it does not investigatethe remote page’s own links, evenif the page is well within the levellimit you set in the first window. Vi-sio ignores links to other sites whenyou uncheck this box.The Advanced tab (Figure 4)gives you even more power forspecifying what you want to ap-pear in your diagram. You canidentify which code triggers themapping tool will look for and tellthe tool to ignore others as it siftsthrough your HTML. By default all
the triggers (such as HREF andSRC) are set to create links andconsequently shapes in your dia-gram. You can tell Web site map-ping to ignore any of the triggersit’s programmed to find. The map-per is set to find links based onHREF, SRC, BACKGROUND, AC-
TION, CODEBASE and CODEcommands. It finds and separate-ly identifies each type of link, suchas MAILTO:, and assigns an iconbased on that type.On the Advanced tab, you canalso add or completely re m o v ecode triggers from the list of choic-es, which determine what HTML
tags will generate a page shape onthe map. Using the Add or Removebuttons, you can indicate a diff er-ent set of triggers. Removing a trig-ger isn’t generally necessary, butadding triggers can make this help-ful tool even more useful if youhave unique tags in the pagesyou’re trying to track.
Just as with the basic site map,when you are done with the moreadvanced setting options, click OKuntil you are back to the main win-dow and then run the Web sitemapping tool.
PRINTING SITE MAPS
If you have even a modest Website, it’s easy to have more shapesthan you really want on one draw-ing page. For a large Web site, theseveral hundred or several thou-sand shapes can become totallyunmanageable. Fortunately, Visio
provides some special layout toolsto help you deal with the prob-lem.There are several layout options,
and you need to know how youwant the diagram to look beforeyou can choose one. By default,the links are laid out as you wouldexpect to see them on an organi-
sational chart. For most Web sites,this generates a very short, widedocument, looking something likea long strip of paper. If your sitemeets this description, you prob-ably want to choose a diff e re n tlayout. There are three styles: Ra-dial, Flowchart/Tree (the default)and Circular. You access these by
Figure 1: TheGenerate SiteMap dialog boxappears whenyou start a newWeb Site Map.Here you tellVisio what tomap.Figure 2: Visiodisplays thisdialog to showyou its progresswhile mappingyour site.Figure 3: ThisOptions dialogis accessedfrom a buttonon the GenerateSite Map dialogbox. Use theLinks tab to tellVisio what kindof files toinclude on themap.Figure 4: Usethe Advancedtab to controlwhich HTMLattributesshould triggerthe creation of a shape.Figure 5: TheLay Out Shapesdialog isaccessed fromthe Tools menu;it lets youchange the wayyour link sym-bols are organ-ised.