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Sitemaps

Sitemaps allow you to tell search engines about all the pages on your website that are available for indexing.

Although search engines will usually be able to find most pages by following links from other pages, it makes their job much easier if you supply them with a list of pages in the correct format. As a result, they will not miss out any pages, and are likely to index your site more often.

Another important feature of sitemaps is that you can specify the relative importance of each of the pages on your website, how frequently they usually change, and the date of the last modification. This means that the pages of your site that do appear in the search results are more likely to be the ones that you think are most important.

Sitemaps are stored on your website as a simple XML file similar to this sitemap for the RADsite website. They can either be submitted to the search engines manually, or configured using webmaster tools.

A good content management system will automatically create and update sitemaps for you whenever you publish your website. The RADsite CMS also allows you to specify the priority and change frequency for every page using the settings on the Page tab:

Configuring the sitemap settings in the RADsite CMS

 

After publishing major updates to your website, you can provide an immediate notification to the major search engines by right-clicking the Menu Pages category and selecting "Submit Site to Search Engines":

Submitting the sitemap to search engines using the RADsite CMS