Scholar

How do you make a sitemap?

Do I need to make a link in my footer that goes to the sitemap url generated by Weebly? 

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Community Manager

Re: How do you make a sitemap?

Your sitemap is automatically generated by us when you publish your site, so you don't need to do anything special to have one created.  The address of your sitemap will be something like mysite.com/sitemap.xml.

- Adam
Senior Community Specialist
Scholar

Re: How do you make a sitemap?

Thanks Adam! But do I need to make a page that links to the sitemap and put that link in the footer? I've seen some websites that have a direct link to the sitemap. 

Community Manager

Re: How do you make a sitemap?

I don't think there's any reason to do that unless you want to. Since it's an XML file for use by search engines it might not display the way people would expect depending on what browser they're using.

- Adam
Senior Community Specialist
Counselor

Re: How do you make a sitemap?

Hi @rbernard1004. I think what @Adam is saying is that an .XML file is not supported in terms of formatting on browsers. 

 

Can I suggest making a clean looking sitemap page and adding your site's content to it, and then link to that?

 

There are sites around that will generate a 'pretty' version of your sitemap. For example: https://dynomapper.com

 

I've never used it so I don't know if it's a you're after, but a Google search for "sitemap.xml to visual" or similar might help.

 

Best of luck,

Scholar

Re: How do you make a sitemap?

Do starter plans have an automatic sitemap?  I'm getting a 404 error message...

Employee Moderator

Re: How do you make a sitemap?

Hey @compass Smiley Happy

 

The answer below your post is a great explanation. But, it would be yoursite.com/sitemap.xml

 

 

Adventurer

Re: How do you make a sitemap?

You say Weebly automatically adds a sitemap, however when you look at google console no sitemaps are attached?
Counselor

Re: How do you make a sitemap?

Hi

 

If your website was "www.websiteandapps.com" then your sitemap would be hosted at "www.websiteandapps.com/sitemap.xml"

 

In the google console (in google webmasters) go to your console > Crawl > sitemaps > click the button add/test sitemap > in the box that pops up it should have your domain in there with a field after the / Just add in sitemaps.xml (see screenshot below)

 

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you can test it from here to ensure it's the correct path, and once it tests successfully you can submit... this will submit your sitemap to google... I believe google would find it eventually but without prompting it can take some time for google's robots to just find your site baring in mind there are billions of sites on the net Smiley Happy

 

Let me know if this helps.

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