Magento Tip: Enable Google Sitemap XML

Magento has good support for generating a Google Sitemap XML file, there are just a few steps to the process.

  1. Enable Magento’s cron system – see here for details.
  2. Enable Google Sitemap in the Magento admin:
    System > Configuration > Catalog > Google Sitemap > Generation Settings

    sitemap-generation

    You can also alter the frequency and priority options of the categories, products etc.. I find the defaults are fine.

  3. Add a sitemap file
    Catalog > Google Sitemap > Add Sitemap

    new-sitemap

  4. Generate the sitemap so it exists.
    generate
    Cron will update the file ongoing according to your generation settings in step 2.
  5. Submit your sitemap to Google – see here for details.

And you’re good to go.

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