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How to generate a sitemap for your Magento store

Magento Guides

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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Log into the Magento admin panel

Log into your admin panel by visiting the admin URL

This is by default unless you specified otherwise when installing Magento



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



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



– 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



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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