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WordPress sitemap

Our plugin for WordPress, Mind Doodle Visual Sitemaps & Tasks, makes sitemaps visual, task management simple and improves team communication. To get started, download the plugin.

Activate

  1. Download the plugin
  2. Activate the plugin on your WordPress site
  3. Click ‘Mind Doodle’ in the dashboard
  4. Choose from the options

Once you have downloaded and activated the plugin, select Mind Doodle in your WordPress dashboard on the left hand side of the screen.

You will have four options in the dashboard:

  1. Mind Doodle
  2. Sitemap
  3. Tasks
  4. Add New

Mind Doodle

Click ‘Mind Doodle’ from the WordPress dashboard to get started by connecting your WordPress site and Mind Doodle account.

Option to visit Mind Doodle settings area in WordPress

You will now see the Mind Doodle settings page.

Firstly, sign into your Mind Doodle account. If you do not have an existing Mind Doodle account, sign up to create an account for free.

Once you have signed in, use the drop-down menu to select which Mind Doodle team you would like to connect your WordPress site to.

Settings page for Mind Doodle Visual Sitemaps & Tasks, the plugin for WordPress

It it possible to use the plugin without a Mind Doodle account. However, for the best experience, we recommend you sign up and take advantage of all the added features, from 3D viewing to agile task management boards, all with with real-time collaboration and live chat.

Pro tip

For the best experience, connect your WordPress site with your Mind Doodle account.

Head back to the settings page at any point to log out of Mind Doodle or switch account.

From here, you can also go to Mind Doodle to see your website structure visually as a mind map.

Screenshot highlights link that helps users view their sitemap within Mind Doodle.

Sitemap

Click ‘Sitemap’ from the WordPress dashboard to view and interact with your visual sitemap.

Options to view the Sitemap in WordPress

If you have downloaded the plugin to use for an existing site, the sitemap will show you the pages in your site visually, including a hierarchy of parent and child pages. You can interact with the pages and change the relationship between parent and child pages by dragging-and-dropping.

If you are creating a new WordPress site, you can visually build your site up by adding pages using the visual sitemap.

You can access the visual sitemap from WordPress or from Mind Doodle, and any edits made on either platform will update in real-time.

WordPress visual sitemap plugin
Info

The central idea in your sitemap isn’t a physical page, but a visual starting point where all pages will stem from.

Add a page

To add a page, hover over the central idea and an icon panel will appear.

Click the plus icon to add an idea, which represents a page.

Add new page to visual sitemap in WordPress

Add as many ideas branching out from here as you like and it will add the pages to your website.

Rename a page

To rename your page, double click on the existing name. Start typing and change the page title to whatever you choose.

Screenshot shows how you can double click on a page name to rename it when using the visual sitemaps for WordPress plugin

Press enter when you are finished.

Add child pages

Extend your sitemap by adding child pages.

Hover over the idea that represents the page you’d like to add a child page to. Click the plus sign in the icon panel to create the child page.

Add child pages to your visual sitemap in WordPress

Continue this process to add more child pages, adding to the structure of your sitemap visually.

Preview page

When you are done editing, or to preview your work on screen, click the eye icon in the icon panel.

Screenshot shows how you can preview page content directly from your visual sitemap using Mind Doodle Visual Sitemaps & Tasks WordPress plugin

This will take you to a preview of the page you have created.

Edit page conent

To add content and edit your pages, click on the pencil icon in the icon panel.

Screenshot shows how you can navigate to editing page content directly from your visual sitemap using Mind Doodle Visual Sitemaps & Tasks WordPress plugin

This will take you to the page draft. From here, you can use standard WordPress features to add content and edit your page.

View tasks

To view the tasks associated with a page, and add more tasks, click on the tick icon in the icon panel.

Tick icon in visual sitemap for viewing or adding tasks to pages in WordPress

Set as draft page

To set the page as a draft page, click on the icon with the dotted red border in the icon panel.

Dotted red border icon in visual sitemap for turning a page into a draft

Publish page

To publish a draft page, click on the rocket icon in the icon panel.

To publish a draft page from the visual sitemap, click on the rocket icon

Trash a page

To delete a page, use the trash icon in the icon panel.

Screenshot shows how you can trash a page directly from your visual sitemap using Mind Doodle Visual Sitemaps & Tasks WordPress plugin
Warning

Deleting the page in your sitemap will move the WordPress page to trash.

Restructure page hierarchy

You can edit your website hierarchy and structure easily from your visual sitemap.

Click and drag a page in your sitemap using your mouse. Place it over the page you’d like to assign as its parent page, and drop it by taking your finger off the mouse.

Screenshot demonstrates using visual sitemap to update the hierarchy and structure of pages in WordPress site by drag-and-drop

Changes you make with your visual sitemap will automatically restructure your site, making the process quick and easy.

Screenshot demonstrates using visual sitemap to update the hierarchy and structure of pages in WordPress site by drag-and-drop

View sitemap in Mind Doodle

You can also view and interact with your sitemap in Mind Doodle rather than in the WordPress dashboard.

Click “View in Mind Doodle” from the Mind Doodle settings in the WordPress dashboard.

Screenshot highlights link that helps users view their sitemap within Mind Doodle.

Alternatively, log in from https://www.minddoodle.com select find your team, then Doodle name.

Detailed view

Hover your mouse over any page in your sitemap, then click the notes icon, resembling a pencil and notepad, to enter detailed view, where you can see notes and media or add tasks for that page.

Screenshot showing icons in Mind Doodle for editing a page and adding tasks

Notes

You and your clients can add notes to any page in your sitemap.

Screenshot showing notes section for a page in Mind Doodle

Type notes in the blank box above the featured image, helping you communicate effectively with clients when building or updating a WordPress site.

Screenshot showing how you can use the notes section to communicate with clients

Media

Click the ‘Media’ tab to see the featured image and other media files uploaded in this page.

Media tab in Mind Doodle with thumbnails that can be clicked to enlarge images

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image.

Tasks

Click on the ‘Tasks’ tab to see existing tasks or add new tasks.

Using our plugin, you can also add tasks from the WordPress dashboard. Learn more about tasks in WordPress.

Updated on September 9, 2019

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