Sitemap Creation

It’s been noted that search engines typically index websites that contain sitemaps 5 times faster than those that don’t have them. This is at least one of the most important reasons to learn how to create a sitemap for your website.

What is sitemap and why is one necessary?

A sitemap is a file with a set of all the webpages of a site that is accessible to crawlers or users. It can be either a document or in just about any form used as a planning tool for website development, or a webpage that lists the URLs of your site that are publicly online, typically organized in hierarchical order.

To keep it simple — a sitemap looks like a book’s table of contents, with the only big difference that every section is a link. There is a file where you can list the webpages of your site to tell search engines about the organization of your site content and help spiders to get to the ne they need. Also, it {provides} a valuable page’s metadata: the last page update, the updates frequency, and the page’s importance level in your content hierarchy.

Since a sitemap enables search engines to crawl your website and find all of the pages you’ve created, it’s critical to create a good sitemap and submit to the search engines if you want your webpages to rank well in the search engines.

What’s the right way create a sitemap?

The best way to generate a sitemap. xml file is to create one using a free service such as xml-sitemaps.com. But some free services have page limits. For bigger websites use services like Sitemap Generator (up to 1000 pages for free) or paid options {proposed by|made available from} different sitemap generators. And, of course, you can do it manually in your CMS.

How to add a sitemap to your website

Many CMSs like WordPress have sitemap generators that can be accessed in your Dashboard.

You can also use an FTP editor like FileZilla. After adding the sitemap file to your website root directory, submit it to the search engines. Then, add the reference to your sitemap in your robots. txt file.

Just how many sitemaps do you need?

Usually, one is enough. But if you have a file much larger than 10 MB or many URLs, it’s better to break it into several sitemaps. You may create an index file to can list all the sitemaps, and submit it to to the search engines.