Sitemap
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A sitemap is a file used to share a line for line information of a site. It mainly contains page URLs of the site. Search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo use this file to crawl your site more effectively and efficiently. To summarise, it conveys the most important pages and files to the search engine crawlers.

Document360 uses the XML type sitemap generator.

How does a sitemap look?

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">
  <url>
    <loc>http://www.example.com/foo.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2018-06-04</lastmod>
  </url>
</urlset>

Above is a basic sitemap example that includes one URL. It is a misconception that sitemaps have only URLs in them. It can also have metadata added to them.

Types of sitemaps

There are three main types of Sitemaps

  1. Visual sitemaps- Used between the web project developers
  2. HTML sitemaps- Used for sites with large content, so it has lower impacts on SEO
  3. XML sitemaps- Most used type . They perform well in SEO as they are crawler friendly

Do I need a sitemap?

A sitemap.xml file is a necessary file that you need to have to communicate with the search engines. It will also come in handy if you verify your website structure for other internal audits.

How to access the sitemap in Document360?

Follow the simple steps to access and edit the sitemap generator in Document360 :

  1. In Settingsknowledge base site open Article Settings and SEO
  2. Click the SEO tab
  3. In the sitemap selection, click the dropdown and select a frequency in the generator(Document360 has its sitemap generator that will generate site maps in a frequency you select)
  4. Click the sitemap URL to view your sitemap

How to change the frequency in the sitemap generator?

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To change the automatic sitemap generator updation frequency, click the dropdown from the sitemap section in Article Settings and SEO and select your desired timeframe.
You can also change the sitemap generating frequency from here.

What should I do with the Sitemap?

You should submit your sitemap in the google search console once it's generated from the Document360 sitemap generator. Click here to know more on how to submit your sitemap in the Google search console


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