How to generate a sitemap for your Magento store

Tips and Guides/ 15th Nov 2016/Will Cook-Martin

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If you want your Magento store to be indexed by a search engine, it’s important that you have a sitemap that search engine bots can crawl. You can read more about the importance of having a sitemap here

Normally the sitemap needs to be generated manually. The good news if you have a Magento store is that it creates the sitemap for you and in the following steps I’ll describe how to generate a sitemap for your Magento store.

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1
Log into the Magento admin panel

Log into your admin panel by visiting the admin URL

This is by default www.yourdomain.com/index.php/admin unless you specified otherwise when installing Magento

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2

Navigate to Catalog > Google Sitemap (although it’s called Google Sitemap it will work for all search engines)

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3

Click the add sitemap button in the top right hand area of the page

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4

– Enter a filename, here I’ve chosen sitemap.xml

– Enter a path, I’ve chosen the root directory in the image below

– Choose a store view

– Click the “Save and generate” button in the top right hand area of the page

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5

To adjust the settings for your sitemap generation, navigate to System > Configuration > Google Sitemap

Now that you have generated your sitemap.xml file, you can submit it to the various search engines.

A few obvious ones to submit your sitemap to are Google and Bing.

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