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How to use and customize Site Visualisations

There are a range of specific settings and usage patterns that only apply for the Site Visualisation graphs, which you can understand further by reading below (and exploring yourself in the tool!).

Right click for context menu

If you hover over any node your will see details of the URL including some link and meta data: 

Details overlay

Right-click on the node will bring up a context menu with some futher options:

Rebuild from URL

Where 'Open in Browser' and 'Copy URL' are self explanatory. 'URL Details' will slide out the complete URL Details panel for that URL, so you can dig into the details, view the crawl path, export data etc... as normal.

'Rebuild from this URL' is perhaps less intuitive, if you select this then the entire graph will build out again, using this specific node as the starting point. The same result can be achieved by...

Enter URL in 'browser bar' to rebuild from URL

Type in a URL, or select from the dropdown, and Sitebulb will rebuild the visualisation as if this URL is the start URL. Like this:

 Rebuild from URL

Left-click zoom to focus

If you want to zoom in on any particular node, just left click and the graph will focus in:

Zoom in Crawl Map

Settings menu on top right

The signature 'settings cog' will open up a panel where various elements of the graph can be configured:

Setting menu

Adjusting these elements will alter the graph 'live', so you can customise and toggle with the sizes to your heart's content.

Toggle Menu

Highlight non-indexable URLs

All the site visualisations map both indexable and non-indexable URLs (up to a maximum of 10,000 URLs). There is a toggle at the top of the settings menu to highlight non-indexable URLs.

On some sites this won't make any difference, but on others it can complete change your understanding of the website.

Consider this example, what looks on the surface a relatively normal Crawl Map:

Crawl Map with all nodes

Toggle non-indexable and BAM, you can see that half the map is red (non-indexable) which in this case is due to a massive issue with canonicals:

Non-indexable highlighted