Automating Sitemaps

Determining the Best Way to Automate Sitemaps

In simple terms, a sitemap (or site map) is a list of all the pages in your website. Sitemaps provide two benefits: easier navigation (for visitors of your site), and better visibility by search engines.

With the rise of modern SEO techniques the importance of the sitemap has been growing. Sitemaps are the best way to inform search engines about changes on your website.

As a development company, we always apply current SEO techniques on our customer's websites to ensure that they get top rankings on search engines. Not only on Google, but also on Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com, etc. as well.

Including sitemaps is one of the important tasks we perform when developing sites for our clients. This is done either manually or dynamically according to the customer's needs.

Typically, a good site with lots of content changes regularly. In this case, it is expensive and tedious to continually update the sitemap. For this reason, we feel that in some cases it is important to be able to auto generate a sitemap.

We evaluated some sitemap auto generating tools, and the following are some of the solutions we like:

  • Google XML Sitemaps [ http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/ ]This is a plugin for WordPress sites, which automatically updates the sitemap and notifies all major search engines every time you create a new post or otherwise add content.
  • Addme.com [ http://www.addme.com/ror-sitemap-generator.htm ]. Addme is an online tool dedicated for sites developed using Ruby on Rails (ROR)
  • Google Site Map Generator [ http://www.neuroticweb.com/recursos/sitemap/ ] Here is another simple online tool to generate site maps.
  • PHPClasses.org [ http://www.phpclasses.org/browse/package/2612.html ] This is a class library which can be integrated with PHP sites.

It is obvious that selecting a sitemap generating mechanism is dependent on several factors such as the nature of the site, server side technology used, etc. Therefore, making the correct decision is up to your experience in SEO and your web development team.

Contact us if you would like help generating a sitemap for your site, or if you have general web marketing, SEO, or web design questions...