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Create Visual Sitemaps Using GraphViz DOT Files

Visual graph data files using the GraphViz "dot" format can be imported into a wide range of tools used for visualizing data structures.

Description of GraphViz DOT Sitemap Files

GraphViz is a tool consisting of a collection of graph visualization renders using the text file data format DOT for defining these. The usual file extension is .gv.

GraphViz itself is mostly for command-line usage, but you can also try:
  • DotEditor is a graphical tool that works specifically with GraphViz
  • Gephi which understands many data formats.
  • Cytoscape - requires the dot-app module.

To use A1 Sitemap Generator to generate such files, first type in your website and click Start scan in the Scan website tab.

scan website to create text sitemap

In the Create sitemap tab, choose Graphviz DOT ".gv" file and click the Build selected button.

This creates a data file that if not too large will work with most of the graph visualization tools that support the GraphViz DOT file format. You can then experiment and create many different kinds of sitemap graphs and visualizations like the underneath:

visual sitemap generated using GraphViz DOT data file
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