Creates a sitemap.xml file for your site, containing links to all publicly accessible pages.

mod_seo_sitemap creates a sitemap.xml file for which is used by the Google bot to index your site. By default, its generated sitemap.xml lists all pages of the categories text, event, location, collection and person in the system which are publicly viewable.

The sitemaps follow the specification at

Maintaining the sitemap index

The seo_sitemap model maintains an index of all pages (and their URLs) that are publicly readable.

There is a button in the System > Status menu to rebuild the sitemap index. This is needed if there are (big) changes in the access control affecting the publicly viewable pages or if languages are changed.

If a resource is edited then all URLs of that resource are automatically added to the sitemap index tables.

Structure of the sitemap

The generated sitemap is an index file with links to urlset files.

The urlsets links are generated from a combination of two sources:

  1. All resources and URLs in the sitemap index tables maintained by model seo_sitemap
  2. Urlsets for by the #seo_sitemap_index{} notification.

The #seo_sitemap_index{} is a map notification where all modules can return 0 or more maps with information about their pages. The map should be like:

    source => <<"wherefrom">>,          % Unique code
    count => 1234,                      % Number of URLs
    size => 5000,                       % (optional) number of URLs per urlset
    lastmod => {{2021,5,12}, {0,0,0}}   % (optional) last modification date

The sitemap urlset is generated using the #seo_sitemap_urlset{} notification:

#seo_sitemap_urlset, {
    source => <<"wherefrom">>,          % Unique code from the ``#seo_sitemap_index{}``
    offset => 1,                        % Offset for search, 1 based.
    limit => 50000                      % Number of URLs to be returned

This is a first notification and should return a list of maps. Each map contains a single URL:

    loc => <<"", % The URL for the urlset
    lastmod => {{2021,5,12}, {0,0,0}}}, % (optional) last modification date
    priority => 0.5,                    % (optional) priority, between 0.0..1.0
    changefreq => <<"weekly">>          % (optional) change frequency, for recrawls

Creating a sitemap without using mod_seo_sitemap

If you have a site with mostly static URLS, it might be easier to create your own sitemap XML file. If you create a dispatch rule like this:

{sitemap_xml, ["sitemap.xml"], controller_template, [{template, "mysitemap.tpl"}, {content_type, "text/xml"}]}

You will be able to write your own sitemap.xml file (in a mysitemap.tpl template) without using mod_seo_sitemap. This might be handy if you serve mostly static files.

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Not yet documented.

Dispatch rules


Dispatch rules Name Path Resource Args sitemap_xml [“sitemap.xml”] controller_template [{template,”sitemap.tpl”}

See also

Displaying a site map

For the benefit of search engines and fans of tables of contents you can easily provide a site map.

Referred by

All dispatch rules

All the dispatch rules from all modules. For a background on dispatch rules, see The URL dispatch system.