Godaddy WordPress Hosting Site Map

A sitemap is a file that contains a list of all the URLs (web addresses) of the pages on your site. When a user taps on a listed URL, their browser will launch directly to that URL without having to go to another site first. The purpose of a sitemap is to make it easy for users to navigate from page to page on your site because they know where everything is located. Your sitemap should be user-friendly and descriptive so that anyone can understand what each page is about without having to click a lot. You can also include other useful information such as the page’s contents and keywords in the description.

You can create a sitemap in either XML or plain text format. If you choose to create an XML sitemap, make sure that you follow the instructions exactly as they are because there are a few things that you need to consider.

Organization

An XML sitemap must be well-organized. This means that you should have a clean and tidy structure where each item is listed in the correct spot. You don’t want to have to jump from one place to another just to figure out where something is because everything has its own place.

You can also use indenting to make it easier to navigate between items. For example, if you have a sitemap for a blog, you would indent each post’s URLs so that they are easier to spot. You can use spaces or tabs for indenting.

Tip: Define a tag to identify each item in your sitemap. This makes it much easier to find what you’re looking for later when you’re editing the document. Keep in mind that this will make the sitemap’s XML more bloated because there will be a lot of unneeded nodes (elements) in your XML document containing only a few words.

Security Review

Every website that offers hosting services will have a privacy policy and a security policy. Your web host will review and analyze your site’s security measures to make sure that they are up to par and will notify you if there are any deficiencies in your site’s security.

Your website’s security measures should include things like the use of a secure connection when ordering or downloading content (such as images), strong encryption (via a security certificate), and regular backups.

You should follow any suggestions that your web host makes regarding beefing up your site’s security. They may suggest installing an SSL certificate, using a firewall, changing your passwords, or using a reCAPTCHA widget to prevent bots from registering and spamming your blog.

Tip: Install the Google Analytics addon for WordPress to get detailed statistics about your site’s traffic. With the Google Analytics addon installed, you will be able to see detailed statistics about the number of visitors to your site and where they came from. This metric will help you understand what is working and what needs to be changed to get more people looking at your site.

Updates

Your web host will notify you via email about any updates or changes that they make to your site. These notifications will come either just before the update is pushed out to all users or periodically as reminders that the update is available.

You can choose either option that you prefer and can rely on your web host to keep you up-to-date on all the changes and progress made to your site. You should check your email at least once a week to see if there are any new updates or changes.

Tip: Use the Contact button in WordPress to send an email requesting details about the update that was just pushed out or to ask any questions about the changes that were made. If you need to make further adjustments to your site based on the results of the update, use the Support button to get further help.

Extras

Some web hosts will offer you additional bonuses if you purchase a certain amount of hosting services. For example, they may throw in a free domain or offer to set up a free blog for you. Some web hosts may even offer you premium features, such as a free dedicated IP address, enhanced security, or a free SSL certificate. You should ask your web host if they offer any extra bonuses for paying in advance because it is sometimes difficult to track down these offers after you’ve already paid for your hosting services. Keep in mind that these bonuses are usually only available to new customers.

Tip: Use the Contact button in WordPress to send an email requesting these extras. If you don’t get a response within a day or so, follow up with another email.

Additional Resources

Your web host will give you instructions on how to use their Control Panel tool to manage your site. Using their Control Panel is as simple as dragging and dropping files into the correct folders or uploading images via a simple tutorial. In addition to using their Control Panel to upload and organize content, you can also use it to tweak the appearance of your site.

You can use plugins to make your Control Panel even more user-friendly. It is a good idea to look for plugins that enhance the features of your Control Panel and don’t just replace those functionalities that you can already access via traditional buttons.

Tip: Use the Contact button in WordPress to request help with installing and configuring plugins to enhance the features of your Control Panel. If you need help, be sure to provide a few links to articles that explain how to use the plugins that you’re trying to get setup. This will help others who are trying to help you and may even get you more help than you would get by just saying “I don’t know what’s wrong” or “Can’t figure out how to use this.”

To make sure that your sitemap’s security measures are up to par, you should follow these guidelines: