This article provides instructions for generating an XML sitemap as part of your SEO efforts.
What is an XML sitemap?
An XML sitemap lets you view all pages URLs of your site in hierarchy form. The XML sitemap also includes information relevant to the page, such as the date of when it was last modified. The XML sheet can be saved for referencing a site's structure and content at a certain time or to be submitted to Google. Read more about XML sitemaps in this Google article.
Why should I use an XML sitemap?
Having an XML sitemap is a web design best practice because they make it easier for search engines to find all the pages of your website. XML sitemaps have additional benefits such as:
- Indexing changes to your site faster.
- Relying less on external links and normal web crawlers to identify pages on your site.
- Relating pages of your site through identifying their location in the hierarchy.
How do I generate my XML sitemap?
To generate an XML sitemap, navigate to Site tools > Dashboard > SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and select the XML sitemap link:
XML sitemaps have a limit of 50,000 URLs. For Mindtouch sites that contain more than 50,000 pages, we generate a master sitemap that links to multiple sitemaps to accommodate for the additional pages. Because of the size of some sitemaps, they will be generated once a day, as a backend process.