SiteShoter – Capture Screenshots of Your Web Site

The other day, I found myself in a situation where I needed a screen shot of every page on a specific Web site. I certainly didn’t want to go through the site and manually capture screen shots, so I headed to the Web to search for solutions.

I then came across a utility called SiteShoter. SiteShoter has some really nice features. You can set a custom size for the browser used to capture the screen shot, or even tell SiteShoter to expand the size of the window to fit the contents of the page (so you can capture the whole page, even if it scrolls for a while). You can enable or disable javascript and Flash, as well as remove the browser’s scrollbars. You can even schedule SiteShoter to capture a new screenshot every few seconds, minutes or hours.

Four Things You Need to do for Your Web Site

For many people, most of these things will be old hat. However, this post is just intended to recap four necessary steps for any webmasters trying to get their Web sites indexed by various search engines.

Create a Site Map

First and foremost, you must have an XML sitemap. Almost all search engines (certainly the three big ones) utilize a sitemap to become aware of all pages on your site. If you have good link structure, a sitemap might not be necessary, but, it doesn’t take much effort to put one together, and the benefits could be fantastic.

Many content management systems (CMS) will automatically generate a sitemap for you, but, if you aren’t using a CMS that does that, you have a few other options. If your site has an auto-generated RSS feed, that can be a good place to start. Most search engines will treat an RSS feed the same way an XML sitemap is treated, so that can make a big difference.

If you don’t have an auto-generated sitemap or RSS feed, there are quite a few tools you can use to create a sitemap; but you’ll have to make sure you update it each time your site architecture changes. A site called “XML-Sitemaps” will crawl your site and create a sitemap for up to 500 pages for free.