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Search & Indexing, Site Map, SEO & Metadata

An easy to use XML sitemap generator for Joomla.

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The Sitemap Generator uses an external service to crawl your website and create a XML sitemap of your website. The generator works thus for every extension out of the box. The computation costs for your website is also very low because the crawler acts like a normal visitor, who visits all pages of your site once.

If you host your website on a dedicated server, you may not need this extension, because you should have enough resources to generate your sitemap on your server. But if you host your website in a shared environment (as the most Joomla users do), it would be wise to outsource the generation of your sitemap to an external service like this plugin uses to generate the sitemap. This way it is guaranteed that the speed of your website is not affected for your visitors during the generation of the sitemap.

Features

  • Simple setup.
  • Works out of the box with all Joomla extensions.
  • Low computations costs for your webserver.
  • Uses the Joomla update function.

Technical Features

  • Respects your robots.txt file (also the crawl-delay directive).
    • You could use the user-agent MB-SiteCrawler to control the crawler.
  • Support for robots (noindex) meta elements.
  • Adds nearly all indexable filetypes (for example .pdf, .xls, .doc) to the sitemap.

Additional Technical Features of the Professional Version

  • Generation of image sitemaps.
  • Generation of video sitemaps.
    • Currently HTML5 video elements and embedded YouTube videos are supported.

Upcoming Technical Features

  • Support for Vimeo videos in video sitemaps.
  • Support for HTML5 picture elements in image sitemaps.
  • Automatic daily creation of sitemaps.

Data Aggregation and Indexable File Types

I have published a detailed document about how the Sitemap Generator aggregates the data for the generation of sitemaps and which file types are getting indexed on my website.

Sitemap Generator Data

Requirements

  • Joomla 3
  • Linux webserver (not tested with Windows yet)

Installation Instructions

  1. Download the installation package.
  2. Install the package.
  3. Go to Components -> Sitemap Generator in the backend and use the Generate your sitemap button to start the generation process. The sitemap will be saved as sitemap.xml in your Joomla root directory. Be aware that an existing sitemap.xml file would be overwritten without asking.
  4. Use the "Show the sitemap" button to download your sitemap and check if the generated sitemap is complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a page with frequently asked questions available on my website.

Limitations of the Basic Version

The Sitemap Generator service allows you to create a sitemap with up to 500 URLs for free. If your website has more URLs or you like to integrate an image or video sitemap, you could buy the professional version to create a sitemap with up to 50000 URLs at the following website. The joomla extension itself is free of charge, but nearly useless without the external service. Please note that also not indexable URLs (for example .zip files) count to the quota.

Sitemap Generator Professional

Warnings

If you already have an existing sitemap.xml in your Joomla root directory, this file would be overwritten. It is thus recommended to backup your existing sitemap.xml file before using the Sitemap Generator. I also have not tested the generator on Windows webspace. You should also access the sitemap.xml after the generation finished and check if everything is fine.

It is also noteworthy that the plugin does only check if the current user is allowed to login to the admin interface. If so, the current user is allowed to generate a sitemap. The permissions or access level of the module do not affect the plugin.

Pre-Installation Verification Test

If you like to test if the Sitemap Generator works fine with your website before you will install the extension, you could use the Online Sitemap Generator on my website, which uses to same technology as the plugin to generate the sitemaps.

Use of an External Server

The Sitemap Generator uses an external server, operated by the developer of the extension, to crawl your website and detect broken links. This means, that there is some communication between your website and the server. The only data that is communicated to the external server by your website is the URL of your website and the fact that you are using Joomla. The server than crawlers your website (as a normal visitor does) and answers with the generated sitemap.


Functionality

It's based on an external crawler more or less works like xml-sitemaps.com.... moreover the crawler got blocked several times by the hosting

Ease of use

i don't see the utility of this extension unless to drive money to the author, brings additional steps rather than using directly a service

Support

Yes the author offers a good support, but it's mostly related to the paid version. The paid version is too expensive

Documentation

Product page only

I used this to: Trying to generate a full sitemap for my websites. However i had to give up, the free version is complicated and limited to few links. To get a sitemap of about 10000 links i had to spend more than 200$/year, this is crazy! I can generate it for free at xml-sitemaps.com
Owner's reply: Hi Iyengar

Thank you for your review. I would have really appreciated it, if you could have contacted me first so that we could have discussed your critics and pain points. I'm always open for constructive feedback and like to improve my services. I will explain/clarify some of your critics from my point of view in the following.

You wrote the extension is a fake because it uses an external service. I think extensions that use external services can, depending on the use case, have some advantages over native extensions and I do also not hide that the extension uses an external service. The description of the extension begins with "The Sitemap Generator uses an external service to crawl your website and create a XML sitemap ...".

I know there are problems with some hosters, especially with hosters with a low quality infrastructure. By default the Sitemap Generator uses 3 concurrent connections to crawl the site. This is comparable to three visitors visiting your website at the same time if they make just make short breaks before clicking on the next link. Each good hoster should be able to handle this, but it is also possible to limit the number of concurrent connections to 1 and slow down the crawler by setting a crawl delay in the robots.txt, so that every hoster works with the Sitemap Generator.

I don't think the free version of the extension is useless. For about 90 percent of the users the limit of up to 500 URLs is enough and they are happy with the free version. However, I have to invest some money in the maintenance and rental of the servers to operate the Sitemap Generator. Thus each generated sitemap costs me money and I have also invested hundreds of hours in the development of the crawler and the extension. Therefore I cannot and will not provide the Sitemap Generator for free for large websites with more than 500 URLs.

That my support is only related to the paid version is not true. I will help everyone who has trouble with the usage of the extension.

It is true that there is not much documentation, but this is intended. From my experience the most people do not read the documentation, so I did take another approach. I try to make the product as easy to use as possible and add explanations directly in the extension at places where users might have problems. I also analyse each support question I get and try to improve the extension in a way that nobody ever needs to ask the same question again. I'm not 100 percent there to make the extension work for everybody intuitively but I do my best to reach this goal.

It would be nice if you can explain to me in more detail what you mean with "complicated" and what you did not understand? The extension has just a few option with sane defaults and one button to start the generation process.

Of course you can generate the sitemap with another service like xml-sitemaps.com, but it's also not free. It's a bit cheaper than my Sitemap Generator, but also just free for up to 500 URLs.

I had look at the current exchange rates and the price for 10000 URLs is currently 145 $ (120 €) per year and not as mentioned more than 200 $ per year... Just as information for other user who might be interested in buying the professional version.

I wish you further much success.

Best regards
Marco

Functionality

Uses an external service, does not use your server.

Ease of use

Only two buttons on the page. Very simple

I used this to: Personal use.

Excelente extensão


Posted on 10 August 2017
Functionality

Cumpre o que promete em mapear todos os links do site e consegui indexar o projeto no Google.

Ease of use

É bastante fácil de usar e não exige nenhum esforço por parte do desenvolvedor.


Sitemap Generator


Posted on 07 July 2017
Functionality

works great

Ease of use

one click

I used this to: creating an xml sitemap
Owner's reply: Hi Todd,

Thank you for your review!

Best regards,
Marco

Functionality

basic sitemap (for images or videos you need pro edition)

Ease of use

very easy to use

Owner's reply: Hi Heiko

Thank you for your review. I'm glad that you like the Sitemap Generator.

Best regards
Marco

Excellent et simple


Posted on 19 January 2017
Functionality

Simple : génère le sitemap et le place sur l'hébergement en une minute

Ease of use

Rien à faire !

Documentation

A peine nécessaire : installer et cliquer sur générer le sitemap.

I used this to: Créer et placer la sitemap.xml à la racine de mon site

Great extension


Posted on 27 November 2016
Functionality

I generates links like iz should.

Ease of use

One click. Simple as that.

Documentation

OK

I used this to: I think i will use this instead of OSmap now.
Owner's reply: Hi Matjaž,

Thank you very much for the review. I'm happy that you have taken the time.

Best regards,
Marco

Functionality

What more do you need from a sitemap - one that does what it says on the tin. Creates a sitemap - how could that be so difficult? Thanks for

Ease of use

Really easy to use - just click crawl - let it run

Support

haven't needed support

Documentation

didn't need

I used this to: joomla sites - simple sitemaps

Great Component


Posted on 04 June 2016
Functionality

All is working as expected

Ease of use

ist really very easy to use :) Click and ready

Support

I dont know. I did not used the support but I suppose that the support is great as I read in the other reviews

Documentation

I did not read the documentation

I used this to: create sitemaps :)

Functionality

I find all links for my extensions, all good links

Ease of use

Extension for dummies, a great and easy crawler

Support

Had questions, support answered quickly and for free... can't ask more than this

Documentation
I used this to: Have a sitemap generator for my site
Owner's reply: Hi Shane,

Thank you for your nice review.

Best regards,
Marco
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Sitemap Generator

Version:
1.2.1
Developer:
Marco Beierer
Last updated:
Apr 14 2018
Date added:
Apr 28 2015
License:
AGPL
Type:
Free download
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