Sitemaps are a way to tell search engines about the pages on your site we might not otherwise discover. In its simplest terms, an XML Sitemap—usually called Sitemap, with a capital S—is a list of the pages on your website. Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that search engines such as Google know about all the pages on your site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by search engines normal crawling process.
You can access the Sitemap Generator under: Marketing > Sitemap Generator
A sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site. The sitemap has wide adoption, including support from Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft.
When you create a Sitemap here, the SiteMap file is placed in your store's "FILES" directory (http://www.example.com/files/sitemap.xml).
For more information please visit www.sitemaps.org
Generate an XML Sitemap of your site's content
The settings listed on this page are described below:
- Compress Sitemap - Compressed as Gzip is recommend if you have a lot of data. Google typically doesn't like large Sitemap files.
- Create Sitemap Index - This option will split into smaller files if you do have a large Sitemap file.
- Include Categories - This will include Category URLs in the Sitemap
- Include Products - This will include Product URLs in the Sitemap.
- Include Manufacturers - This will include Manufacturer URLs in the Sitemap.
- Include Blogs - This will include Blog URLs in the Sitemap.
- Include Webpages - This will include service and custom pages in the Sitemap.
- Default Priority - This will set the Default Priority of the URLs. This essentially measures the importance of a page.
- Default Change Frequency - Default value for how frequently the pages are likely to change.
- Generate Sitemap button - Click this to generate the sitemap with the options you have selected.
You also have the option to generate your sitemap automatically on a schedule. This can be done by simply checking the "Enabled" box under the "Sitemap Generator Task Settings" section, and adjusting how often you want the sitemap to generate using the "Day #" box. After those are set you can simply click the Generate Sitemap button to start the process.
Where is my Sitemap located?
Once you create the Sitemap, it's placed in your store's "FILES" directory (http://www.yourdomain.com/files/sitemap.xml).
You can view it by going to the sample url given here, replacing "www.example.com" with your address or by going to "Content and Files > File Manager" in the admin.