Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
Scott Jehl set out to make the website planning process more efficient and fun. Tired of dealing with expensive tools that were either way overpriced or simply didn’t meet his needs, he choose to build a site that did what he wanted and with the plan of letting others developers take advantage of the new tool. Hence, WriteMaps.com was born:
There are many ways to create a sitemap, most of which involve expensive software, tedious box drawing, and other annoyances that get between your ideas and your results. What if this process could be more collaborative and efficient? This is the question that led to the creation of WriteMaps. With WriteMaps, you can set up an account and work together on a centrally located version of your sitemap. Your sitemaps are available at all times from anywhere – so there’s no need to worry about exporting your files and sending them around.
Scott leveraged the jQuery library throughout the site and built a very intuitive interface to layout out a sitemap. Some of the coolest features include:
- Toggling of views between treeview or hierarchical metaphors
- Zooming in and out of a layout
- Dynamic addition of branches to the sitemap
- In-place editing of page names
- On-the-fly creation of XML-based sitemaps
- Print Formatting
- Contextual Undo / Redo
Sitemaps can be stored for future updates and can also be shared with other users. The WriteMaps Blog also provides more information about the progress of the project.
Posted by Rey Bango at 6:30 am