>Overall Explanation of Sitemap in Magento 2

Overall Explanation of Sitemap in Magento 2

What is a Sitemap?

Just like its name, a sitemap is a map of your site including a list of all pages on your website. Regarding technical, a sitemap is a navigational tool which lists links to pages of a website to provide an overview of the site’s content and organization.

There are two types of sitemap which is HTML and XML. HTML sitemap is a sitemap presented in the form of a web page. An XML sitemap is an XML file lists all the URLs of a website and additional Metadata about each URL.

Why is Sitemap Important for SEO in Magento 2?

Google and other search engines use programs which are often known as crawlers to “read” (index) your pages and decide which ranking the content deserves. Hence, Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc, all have their Webmaster Tools, where you can set up how your site should be indexed.

Once the sitemaps are submitted to the webmaster tools, the search crawlers will follow the web page links written in the map and index your content. For this reason, a sitemap is a must-have in any SEO work. But there are plenty of admins only care about XML sitemap and ignore the HTML one.

People tend to forget that HTML sitemap is readable to not only human but also crawlers. Thus, site owners often neglect to include HTML sitemap on their websites without knowing that they are taking away the chance for the site to be indexed more carefully.

How can Sitemap feature of BSS Magento 2 SEO Extension help you?

In the default Magento 2, XML sitemap is supported but yet still have limitations. While the HTML sitemap is not available (unlike in Magento).

To improve SEO, we have extended the advanced options for XML sitemap in Magento and enable HTML sitemap feature. Let’s take a look at our full features for sitemap extension in the SEO Suite.

XML Sitemap

  • Auto-generate XML sitemap in Magento 2

The XML Sitemap generated by the module includes links to all pages of your store which are:

    • Homepage
    • Product Pages
    • Category Pages
    • CMS Pages
  • External Links (set by admins)
  • Set priority and frequency for sitemap update

Decide how often the sitemap will be updated and in which priority (for each page types). A frequent update is a must in SEO for fresh content.

  • Select specific links to exclude from the sitemap

For security and privacy reason, admins may want to hide links from the crawlers. These settings are provided to disable links of:

    • Category
    • Product Type
  • Product ID
  • Split XML sitemap into multiple smaller files

If you have a large-scale site, this is a life-saver function. Replacing one big sitemap.xml with various small files helps the indexing process more easily. You can divide by:

    • Date
    • Category
  • Manufacture

HTML Sitemap

  • Auto-generate and update Magento 2 HTML sitemap

The sitemap is created automatically and list out links to of the store. In case of a new link being added, the sitemap will be updated by itself.

    • Store view
    • Product Pages
    • Category Pages
    • CMS Pages
  • External Links (set by admins)
  • Assign listing order

Among categories, products, CMS pages, and store views, you can define the order of which will be displayed first to get the most user-friendly sitemap.

  • Disable links from the sitemap

If there are categories or CMS links you want to hide from the visitors, just disable it at the settings of this function

    • Category
    • Product Type
    • Product ID
  • Auto-generate XML sitemap in Magento 2

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