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Google Sitemap

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Create Google Sitemap

CMS Made Simple can automatically generate Google Sitemap for your website. Moreover the Sitemap is automatically updated if you add new pages, remove old ones or just change the structure of the website.

In general, there are two types of site maps. The first type of site map is a HTML page listing the pages of your website for the visitors and is meant to help users find the information they need. You can see an example for such site map on this website. This kind of site map can be made with Menu Manager.

XML Sitemaps - usually called Sitemaps, with a capital S - are a way  to give search engines information about your website. This is the second type of Sitemap that can be created with the module SiteMapMadeSimple. In its simplest terms, a Sitemap is a list of the pages on your website built in XML.

Before you install the module, go in the admin panel to the Extensions → Module Manager and select the letter "S" in the alphabetical navigation of the tab "Available Modules". Find "SiteMapMadeSimple" in the list and click on on link "Dependencies" to figure out what modules has to be installed first. The module is dependent on module CGExtensions => 1.2.  It means that you the module listed in the section "Dependencies" has to be installed first.

So go back to the Module Manager in the list of available modules list and select the letter "C" to find the module CGExtensions. Click on dependencies click first. This module has not listed any dependencies, return to the list of the modules. Click on "Download & Install" to install CGExtensions. Then return to the list of available modules again and install the module SiteMapMadeSimple as well.

After installation a new file sitemap.xml is immediately created in the root directory of your website. Type http://www.yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml in the address bar of your browser. Do not be afraid about the appearance of the website, it is pure XML and nothing that your visitors would ever see. This Sitemap can now be submitted to the search engines.

Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools is free service for webmaster. It gives a lot of valuable information about how Google sees your website and if there are any issues found. Go to Google Webmaster Tools. If you are not registered with Google you have to do it now and I strongly recommend doing it.

After you signed into your Google account at the top of the dashboard click on the button "Add a site", type in your domain name and press "Continue". The website has been added to your account. Now you have to verify your ownership to view detailed statistics, add Sitemap and find out issues (if any).

Google Webmaster Verification

To verify that you are the owner of the website you should copy the meta tag generated below (CTRL+C) and paste it to the page specific meta data of your start page. In the admin panel go to the Content → Pages and select a page that has a green tick in the column "Default" (your start page). Click on the tab "Options" and add meta tag to the field "Page Specific meta data":

Google Meta Verification

Save the page. Then return to Google Webmaster Tools and press the button "Verify". If Google is able to reach your website and the meta tag is found on the start page of your website the entire website will get the status verified and you can add a new Sitemap for it.

In the Google Webmaster Tools panel select go to Site configuration → Sitemaps  in the left navigation. Press on the button "Submit a sitemap", type in sitemap.xml and press "Submit Sitemap". If the the address is correct you will see your Sitemap added to the list.

You can control the status of your Sitemap in a day or two. The most interesting information for you is how many pages from your Sitemap are already indexed (added to the Google search database).

Google Sitemap Statistics

Do not be panic if it lasts some days or even weeks until Google index your website. It is possible that some pages from your sitemap are never indexed, if they have not enough content on it or the pages only contains images, videos and othe media stuff.


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