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Creating a Sitemap File

Post by Developer Force  (2010-07-16)

Status: Certified
Level: novice

Problem

You want to improve the volume and quality of traffic to your Force.com site.

Solution

For sites with a large number of dynamic pages that are only available through the use of forms and user entries, you can create a sitemap, which lists the pages on your site that are accessible to Web crawlers and users. The Google, Bing, Yahoo!, and Ask search engines support the sitemaps protocol. For more information on sitemaps and the sitemap protocol, see www.sitemaps.org.

To create a sitemap, you'll create a Visualforce sitemap page with text or XML content type, and populate the URLs in XML format. Then, to submit the sitemap to Web crawlers, you'll create a robots.txt file, adding the path to your sitemap.

First, create the sitemap:

  1. Click Setup | Develop | Pages.
  2. Click New.
  3. For the Label and Name, enter Sitemap.
  4. Replace the existing Visualforce markup with the following, substituting the example URLs with your site's URLs:
<apex:page contentType="text/xml">

<urlset
      xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"
      xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
      xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9
      http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9/sitemap.xsd">
<!-- created with Free Online Sitemap Generator 
     www.xml-sitemaps.com -->  
    

<!-- Replace the following URL with the site URL that you want
     to be mapped and accessible to Web crawlers. -->  
    
<url>
  <loc>http://mycompany.force.com/mypath</loc>
</url>
<!-- Replace the following URLs with your site's actual URLs -->  
    
<url>
  <loc>http://mycompany.force.com/mypath/pagename</loc>
</url>
<url>
  <loc>
http://mycompany.force.com/mypath/page_detail?id=701300000006CnSAAU
  </loc>
</url>
<url>
  <loc>http://mycompany.force.com/mypath/page_index</loc>
</url>
</urlset>
</apex:page>
Alternatively, you can dynamically create your sitemap page content using a controller, and enable this page for your site.

Then enable the page for your site:

  1. Click Setup | Develop | Sites and click your site name.
  2. In the Site Visualforce Pages list, click Edit.
  3. Under Available Visualforce Pages, select Sitemap and click Add.
  4. Click Save.

Finally, create and enable the robots.txt file:

  1. Click Setup | Develop | Pages.
  2. Click New.
  3. For the Label and Name, enter robots.
  4. Replace the existing Visualforce markup with the following, substituting the example URL with your site's path and sitemap name:
    <apex:page contentType="text/plain">
       User-Agent: *
       Allow: /
    <!-- Replace this path with your site's actual
         path and sitemap name. -->
       Sitemap: http://mycompany.force.com/mypath/Sitemap
    </apex:page>
    
  5. Click Setup | Develop | Sites.
  6. Click Edit for your site.
  7. In the Site Robots.txt box, enter robots.
  8. Click Save.
Alternatively, you can submit the URL as a sitemap via a Google Webmaster Tools account.

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Remember you can use global variables when including paths to pages, so in Robots you can just do:

sitemap: {!$Page.Sitemap}


by a093000000Wc7Qj  (2013-02-08)

Has anyone tried to have dynamically created sitemap. 

Sitemap does not show as an available visualforce page. Any other suggestions on how this should be created? Thanks

by a0930000009u182  (2011-04-17)

 Thanks Sonny -fixed.

by Jon Mountjoy  (2011-01-17)

 Hi Developer Force,

Any chance you could fix the second code sample of this page please? It is identical with the first one.

Cheers,

Sonny

by sonninho  (2011-01-17)

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