Blog posts from 2014

📌 Please help - कृपया मदद - Por favor ayuda - 请大家帮帮忙

Friday 14 November 2014

Please help - कृपया मदद - Por favor ayuda - 请大家帮帮忙 Did we get that right?! We’re in the process of planning our multilingual sitemap generator and need help from our users who are multilingual. Initially we’re thinking about focusing on Spanish, Mandarin and Hindi but would welcome your input on what other languages we should focus on. The first phase will be to translate the homepage which includes the sitemap configuration form, the waiting page and the download page.

📌 Sitemap generators compared

Monday 13 October 2014

Sitemap generators compared We occasionally scout the web to see what else is out there. Here is a quick side by side comparison of the top 5 online sitemap generators on google : th .val1 {width:70px; background-color:aqua;} #compare td {border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;} #compare td {border-right: 1px solid #CCCCCC;} Name 1 2 3 4 5 Ease of use +++ ++ ++ Configurability +++ ++ ++

📌 User feedback and reviews

Saturday 13 September 2014

User feedback and reviews Your feedback positive and negative is really helpful and it’s what helps keep us focused and improve the service. We thought we would share some of our favorite user comments : “It is easy to use no hassle unlike other online generator, it exactly direct to the point. No tedious forms to register” - “I tried a couple of other sitemap generators but they were both rejected by Google.

📌 Minor update to the 2000 page limit

Thursday 11 September 2014

Minor update to the 2000 page limit A short time ago we increased the sitemap page limit from 1000 to 2000. This limit applies to the number of pages in a sitemap. In larger websites we sometimes find they have many errors in some cases 10,000s of links with errors e.g. a 404 not found.. In these cases our spider was often crawling 10'000s of pages before it hit the 2000 sitemap page limit.

📌 Current performance issues

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Current performance issues The last few months have seen a 40% rise in traffic and subsequent sitemap generation requests. This is great, but it also means that the service is heavily loaded and performing more slowly at peak times. We’re currently looking at potential improvements that can be made to the application and hardware upgrades, and will hopefully have more news soon. As I’m sure you’ll appreciate providing a service like this can’t be paid for by our passion alone.

📌 New gTLD support and URL limit increased

Monday 1 September 2014

New gTLD support and URL limit increased We’ve updated the domain validation to allow for new gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains) which are longer than the more traditional ones.So whether you are a .com or a .photography you can use the sitemap generator. As well as this we have increased the sitemap url limit from 1000 to 2000 to cater for larger websites.

📌 HTTPS/SSL Google SEO and XML Sitemaps

Friday 8 August 2014

HTTPS/SSL Google SEO and XML Sitemaps Google recently announced that websites with SSL/HTTPS will gain you a minor ranking boost in an effort to improve online security. This gain is likely to be small to start off with to give webmasters time to adapt their servers and websites, but over time this boost is likely to increase making SSL a key part of your SEO strategy. What do you need to do?

📌 Baidu, Yandex sitemaps and fixes

Monday 4 August 2014

Baidu, Yandex sitemaps and fixes Our sitemaps have always been compatible with Yandex and Baidu. We’ve now added them to the ping feature for RSS sitemaps so that you can easily notify them about your sitemap updates. If you have other services that would be useful please feel free to get in touch. Some users were experiencing problems with the “download all” zip file containing empty files. We believe that issue is now resolved.

📌 What is the best sitemap format?

Tuesday 15 July 2014

What is the best sitemap format? Our sitemap generator produces a number of sitemap formats including HTML, XML and RSS, but which is the right one? The answer is all of them depending on the circumstances. Here are some quick thoughts on why you might use each format. HTML Sitemaps An HTML sitemap was traditionally to help users find pages in your website, but they are also great for helping search engines find your pages organically.

📌 Sitemaps and multiple domains

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Sitemaps and multiple domains We sometimes get asked by people why our sitemap generator doesn’t find all pages in their website. There can be a number of reasons, however one reason we have found is references to multiple domains within the same website structure, in particular homepages that reference a different domain to the one the user specifies for their sitemap.. We recommend you are consistent with your domains. Pick a primary domain and stick to it.