With the sitemap generator you can easily create an XML sitemap to inform search engines about your site, its pages, and various content that is available for crawling. The generated sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site, along with additional metadata about each URL.
NOTE: If you choose the option to compress the sitemap file, it is in GZ format.
In addition, a sitemap index is automatically generated. You use the sitemap index when you have more than one sitemaps because it lists all sitemap files, so search engines can find and process them.
NOTE: Sitefinity CMS always adds a sitemap index for each website, no matter if you only have one or more sitemaps.
Once the sitemap is generated, Sitefinity CMS automatically pings Google and Bing. The search engines have their own logic, so it may take a short time before their crawlers process the sitemap.
When you generate the sitemap for the first time, the result is two links:
The URLs reflect the name of the website, for which you are generating a sitemap. In this example, this is docs.sitefinity.com.
If the URLs do not reflect your site's name, check the website's settings:
The generated sitemap is located in the database, in your System library. Thus, you access the sitemap only through the sitemap URL.
NOTE: Since the sitemap is stored in the database, and not in the file system, you can also generate sitemaps for sites that are hosted on Azure.
The generated sitemap is compatible with Sitemaps.org schema that is read by most of the search engines. For more information about the sitemap protocol, see Sitemaps XML format.
You can configure Sitefinity CMS sitemap generator on site, page, or content item level.
If you are working in multisite environment, you need to define and configure a sitemap for each site separately.
To configure Sitefinity CMS sitemap generator for a site:
NOTE: By default, the sitemap generation is manual, so the Manual is preselected.
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