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Automating Sitemap Generation

Sitemaps are an important element for any website; they help visitors navigate your site, and can help search engine spiders index it properly. However, they can be difficult to generate from scratch. Fortunately, there are a number of applications that can automate the process. Dan Wellman reviews a number of these tools, available in various price ranges.

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By: Dan Wellman
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August 10, 2005
  1. · Automating Sitemap Generation
  2. · Sitemapper v2
  3. · Xtreeme SiteXpert Professional Edition
  4. · Xenu, CoffeeCup SiteMapper
  5. · All Web Menus
  6. · Web.UI 2.1
  7. · Chart Drawing Applications

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I could not find any other dedicated sitemap generators, but one program that included a built in function for creating a sitemap was All Web Menus. There are two versions, Professional and Lite; the light version, as you would expect, is a cut down version with a lot of the higher end functionality removed, but fortunately, the main sitemap function is still there. The ability to create an XML file as output (the Google Sitemap function) has been removed in the Lite version. Both applications are similar in working and design, although the Pro version looks a hell of a lot better.

Unfortunately, your website's directory structure cannot be spidered, so you need to add all of the pages and subdirectories yourself, which removes a lot of the time and effort saving benefits of the previously explored applications. Again, a table is not used to format the HTML results; this time the sitemap is rendered as an unordered list. There are some basic styles that can be applied, but the page will need CSS to improve the look.

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