JSitemap - Joomla sitemap component to replace XMap

You might have used XMap for Joomla in the past - but this is not longer being supported. We are giving you here the best alternative for it.

Article Audience: Webmasters / Administrators

Creating a sitemap is great for your users, and most importantly it's even greater for search engines. JSitemap is an extremly easy to use component which generates a sitemap from the menu items you choose.

 

We really love JSitemap, and it's one of the components we've got installed on www.collectiveray.com.

Once you install JSitemap, you just go to Components > JSitemap, configure the components which you want to be displayed in the site map, and you are ready.

JSiteMap options

 

 

If you want certain menu items not to be visible you can find the component and mark it as not published to exclude it.

The great thing about JSitemap is that you can create component specific sitemap options for various popular plugins such as AcyMailing, Kunena etc etc.

Once you have setup all your settings click to https://www.youwebsite.com/index.php?option=com_jmap&view=sitemap&format=xml to check that the sitemap looks correct.

Finally, create a link on one of your menus to the sitemap component. Or even better, in your website footer create a Site Map link to the component.

The best thing to do is use sh404SEF to define a friendly URL to the component e.g. https://www.yourwebsite.com/sitemap.html from the unfriendly url /index.php?option=com_jmap&view=sitemap&format=xml and then edit your template to include the friendly link in your footer.

 

 

Google SiteMaps / Webmaster Tools 

JSitemap also allows you to create XML files for Google Sitemaps protocol. This enables your website to be indexed much faster, than waiting for the next scheduled visit of the GoogleBot. This makes sure that any content you are adding gets updated quickly and without any additional effort from your side. Therefore logon to Google Search Console and submit the sitemap generated by JSitemap to ensure that your content is being indexed in the fastest manner possible. 

 

 

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