How to create a sitemap for a Joomla website
As we all know, sitemaps are one the most important thing that your website should have. Sitemap helps Search Engine Crawlers to crawl your website. But Unfortunately, Joomla does not come with default Sitemap Extension so only option is to look for it in Joomla Extension Directory.
Once you go to Sitemap section of JED, you'll get a lots of extensions for generating sitemaps but from our experience we can say XMap and Joomap are the best ones. We use XMap for all our clients. So here we will show you how you can use XMap to create a sitemap for a Joomla website.
Steps to create a sitemap
- Download XMap and Install it from Component Manager
- Go to Components->XMap
- Here you will see Sitemaps tab from where you can manager sitemaps.
- So try to create a sitemap and click "Add Menus" and select all the menus that you want search engines to find. Try to skip private menus.
- There are several preferences that you can set by clicking on "Options" button as per your requirements.
- From these options, we recommend the following: "Include link to author: No" and also "Use Cache: Yes. Click Save.
- Once sitemap is done, you can go to Menus and find the menu that appears at the bottom of your Joomla template. Often this will be in "Footer" position. Click "New" and choose "XMap" and save. This will create a link to the HTML version of your sitemap.
- You are done and your sitemap is ready!
So this is a very easy process to generate a sitemap using XMap. Now once this is done, don't forget to submit sitemap to Google webmaster tools. If you need any professional help with sitemaps OR SEO of your Joomla website, don't hesitate to contact us as along with development, we also provide the very best and guaranteed Joomla SEO Optimization Services too.
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