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XML vs HTML sitemaps

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by alexei_aus, May 9, 2010.

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    I had a look at logs of our sites and it still looks like a lot of people come to HTML sitemaps, while the XML ones are mainly for google.

    I would recommend using both if you can.

    Just wanted to ask you if there a wordpress plugin that generates HTML sitemap? Something that you used and would recommend
    SEMrush
     
    alexei_aus, May 9, 2010 IP
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    Sxperm Notable Member

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    Dear,

    XML Sitemap
    1. You can create XML sitemap easilly.
    2. No need to change in the sitemap whenever you added new pages or updated you existing pages.Its change itself.

    HTML Sitemap
    • Manually created.
    • No need to change in the sitemap whenever you added new pages.

    James
     
    bodiesbeautifuluk, May 12, 2010 IP
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    If html sitemaps are just for people then why do you need one? A website should be easy enough to navigate.
     
    Shanemcl85, May 12, 2010 IP
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    alexei_aus Active Member

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    bodiesbeautifuluk i disagree, i think HTML sitemaps needs to be also updated.

    even though the website should be easy to navigate, there are some pages that arent easy to find if the site is huge, so you need search function or sitemap
     
    alexei_aus, May 12, 2010 IP
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    I understand what you are saying. In that case I would choose the search feature. I personally haven't used a sitemap. I have seen them on other pages and looked at them out of curiousity back before i really knew what it was. But, if i know what im looking for i just search.
     
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    Xml sitemap for search engines and HTML sitemap for human visitors (locate content easily)
     
    sarpras2005@yahoo.co.in, May 19, 2010 IP
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    yes xml map is for all search engines - it will help theme to index all pages and html map for human visitors...
     
    seoget, Jun 1, 2010 IP
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    I prefer XML sitemaps. Cos, you will already navigation buttons, links, etc as an alternative for HTML sitemaps.
     
    bhavyat, Jun 9, 2010 IP
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    From google's point of view. I would go for a XML one than a ordinary text sitemap.

    Cheers!!

    John
     
    johnpaul007, Jun 9, 2010 IP
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    I have a website template I'm using that has a place for a sitemap. I've tried using the WP sitemap plugin, but it doesn't really do what I want. How can I create my own sitemap using html?
     
    tulsatech, Jun 10, 2010 IP
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    I have an ecommerce site with many product pages that I was planning on creating an html site map for visitors as well as an xml sitemap for submission to Google, etc.

    The site also has a WP blog ecommercesite.com/blog and was wondering if I should create a separate xml sitemap for google, yahoo etc or bundle it all into one. I'd rather create 2 sitemaps since they will pull from different databases.

    Any thoughts?

    thanks.
     
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    Sitemaps are particularly useful on larger sites with complex, multi-level navigation.
    For smaller websites, HTML sitemap pages offer another point of entry to your site
    and is generally a beneficial SEO addition.
     
    trafficweb, Jun 11, 2010 IP
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    I have around 100 pages website, I checked and they are not all indexed by google, I don't use xml sitemap yet. Is it because of it? If I use xml sitemap, does it guaranty that all my pages will be crawled? Tx
     
    baliseo, Jun 13, 2010 IP
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    There are so many differences are there some of them which i suggest such as. In XML you can create easily sitemap and in HTML it will created manually these is one of the main difference of XML and HTML.
     
    peterjoy, Aug 12, 2010 IP
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    You cannot picture it in terms of preferring one from another. Xml sitemaps and HTML are 2 very different things. The first one is only used by search engines and will help them to retrieve in a more easy way the URL within your site so that they can be indexed properly by the SE, and the other one is meant for your "human" visitors to understand the organization of your site.
     
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    To Baliseo: Did you register your site to google? Do you have a Google id key in the root of your site? (most SE engine use id keys) If you have those, then eventually your site will end to be indexed by Google, it it will help to register to Webmasters tools and send them your sitemap. It will at least gain some time.
     
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    I am not sure that it will guaranty that all of your pages are index but for the time it takes it is definitely worth having both HTML and XML sitemaps for sites and also adding them to webmaster tools. Sites that I have done this with while not all urls have been index the number has definitely increased.
     
    madaboutart, Aug 15, 2010 IP
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    Also consider the following:
    (from godaddy web analizing tool)
     
    webrickco, Aug 16, 2010 IP
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    True dat! :)
     
    madaboutart, Aug 16, 2010 IP