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Introduction to sitemap.xml

Checking for a sitemap

A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for web design, or a web page that lists the pages on a web site,


Some developers feel that site index is a more appropriately used term to relay page function, web visitors are used to seeing each term and generally associate both as one and the same. However, a site index is often an A-Z index that provides access to content, while a site map provides a general top-down view of the overall site.

 

What is a site map?

XML is a coding language used, (amongst many other things) as the standard for webcrawlers to find and parse sitemaps. The instructions to the sitemap are given to the crawler bot by a Robots Text file. Site maps can improve search engine optimization of a site by making sure that all the pages can be found. This is especially important if a site uses a dynamic access to content such as Flash or JavaScript menus that do not include HTML links. To check if you have a sitemap.xml file, simply visit your home page
www.mysite.com and enter the following www.mysite.com/sitemap.xml

 

 


if you have a site map already installed you will see the following:

 

 

If however you do not have a sitemap you will get the following:


If you require a sitemap I suggest using the xml sitemaps generator and uploading the file to your site.

 

 

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