What is XML Sitemap?
In general, this is a list of URLs for your website in a form of XML file (it also known as Google Sitemap because it was introduced first by Google). Besides that it allows you to include additional information about each URL such as the date it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is. XML format ensures that this information can be easily processed on different kinds of computers, applications and systems, so Search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, AOL etc) won't have any problems with understanding your sitemap files.
XML Sitemap sample:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
The sitemap example above contains 2 URLs and all of the allowed optional tags: <lastmod>, <changefreq> and <priority>.
There are a couple of limitations imposed by Google: a single XML sitemap file can contain not more then 50,000 URLs and may not be larger than 10 Megabytes.
...because it allows to inform Search Engines about important pages on your website. That increases its visibility to Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Yandex etc, and ensures indexing of the web pages that might not be discovered otherwise. Those provide additional information about your site to searching engines, complementing their traditional methods of crawling the web. All major search engines use the same XML-based protocol for that. This means that having an XML Sitemap will let Google, Yahoo, Microsoft's Bing (MSN), and Ask have up-to-date information any time you upload a new map file to your server.
XML Sitemaps are especially helpful if:
If you happen to have broken links on your website, our Sitemap Generator will detect those and inform you of all the dead links and the pages these links are on!
Creating XML Sitemap is easy with our free online XML Sitemap generator. To get xml sitemap generated simply type in your URL and on the next page make selections for 3 optional parameters - page changing frequency, last modified date and page priority. See sitemap maker page screenshot.
What is "Page changing frequency"?
What is "Last modified date"?
What is "Page priority"?
Uploading is very easy: just download the generated sitemap.xml file from our download page and place it into the root directory of your website (most of the time root directory is the directory where your index file is).
Yes, web-site-map.com xml sitemap builder browses only web pages that are freely accessible by everyone. Content restricted by your robots.txt file from Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines will not be included in your sitemap.xml file: the online generator script will simply skip it.
All this makes web-site-map generator a valuable everyday SEO tool for web designers and webmasters. Create your free map file today with our premium online builder and submit to Google, Yahoo, Bing, Baidu, Ask.
More cool features are coming soon including higher free limits.
No-limit commercial version is available - contact us for details!
Make your web-site Google friendly by mapping it using our tool! Also don't forget to check our collection of SEO links for other useful SEOtools and website promotion resources!
We were receiving many requests to allow non-www domains. So that's accomplished! Now you can make XML sitemaps for main domains like example.com and sub-domains like forum.example.com etc: there are no limitations on URL name components anymore! If you happen to see any issues with this new functionality please don't hesitate to contact our Support.
As you may already know we usually address any issues within 24 hrs!
More news: Improved support for Joomla!
We are constantly improving our CMS compatibility module that got recently support for JoomSEO and Phoca Download extensions. If you have got a Joomla-generated website and see in your sitemap.xml files any unwanted dynamic links created by Joomla extensions please let us know and will take care of those promptly and for free of course!
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The link checking tool makes results available in real-time so no waiting is involved: you can start fixing broken links right away while our broken link detector is validating the rest of your links!
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