How can I make my sitemap look . . . like a sitemap??

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My question has NOT been answered, despite the fact that it has been marked 'answered.' It has now been pending for almost 24 hours. Please -- I would really like to have a decent-looking sitemap. How can I arrange to get one????

[My original question is here -- http://forum.yola.com/yola/topics/whe... Please note that it has NOT been answered!]
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  • not that happy.

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diane

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You might take a look here: http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/
It creates HTML for humans to read as well as XML for Google
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Here's what my sitemap page says right now: "This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below."

Does Yola not supply a sitemap that is readable?? shouldn't there be a nice tidy sitemap, of the usual sort, without me having to construct one?
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That's the only one I know of that Yola supplies. You could make it a feature request and they may think about it for the future.
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Diane, it would be a great feature, wouldn't it?? Thank you for your reply. :-)
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Hello Keara

The person who I have asked to respond to you is currently offline. She will respond to your other post once she returns. Our support at the moment is a bit on the light side. Please read here for information about this: Yola Support Team Traveling! Expect delays in support responses!

If you wish Keara, you can try creating your own manual sitemap:

Adding a site map to Google Webmaster tools and your site:
1. On Google Webmaster, click on the Site Map option in the left-hand sidebar -> "Add a Site map". Choose "general web site map" from drop-down arrow selection.
2. There are now 3 instruction areas you need to complete.
a) create a site map
b) upload a site map
c) my sitemap URL is: http://mynewsite.yolasite.com/____.

3. Create a Site Map:
- Click on the following link to get detailed instructions from Google: https://www.google.com/support/webmas...
- Go to your published website. Go to each one of your published pages, and copy and paste the URL for each of your pages as a separate row into a new .txt document, as in example below.
http://mynewsite.yolasite.com/index.php
http://mynewsite.yolasite.com/page1.php
http://mynewsite.yolasite.com/page2.php

4. Upload a site map (to your site)
- Save the file (it must have the .txt file extension at the end of the filename), then upload it to your Yola website, using the file manager. Save and publish your site.

5. Upload a site map (to Google Webmaster tools)
- Go back to Google. In the file name entry box that says:
My sitemap URL is: http://yoursitename.yolasite.com/_______
type in the URL your sitemap. This is the name of your sitemap .txt file, preceded by "/resources/" as in the following example:
http://yoursitename.yolasite.com/reso...

You should get a confirmation message that says: "You have added http://yoursitename.yolasite.com/reso.... Reports may take several hours to update. Thank you for your patience!"

Processing Sitemaps may take some time. Check again later to see if pages from your Site maps are included in Google's index. On the Google Webmaster Tools Site maps page: If everything has gone correctly, eventually you will see the status column say "OK".

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you have any further questions, please let me know.
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Sanja, that's a whole lot of information! It will take me a while to digest it and see if it does the trick. I do hope that your colleague will be able to reply to my question before long. In the meantime, I do thank you very much for your help.
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Yes..sorry.. that is a lot of information! Please let us know if you get stuck with this. We'll be happy to help.
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A sitemap can either be simple or complex. I prefer to make them simple, it benefits your visitors more and it's easier on you. Just use a bullet style sitemap. Start at the homepage

This is an example


  • Home (in the menu item one)
  • Contact Us (in the menu item two)

    • Contact Us Department One
    • Contact Us Department Two

  • Donate (in the menu item three)
  • Topics (in the menu item four)

    • Buy Cars
    • Buy Trucks
    • Sell Cars
    • Sell Trucks
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      Keara

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      Thank you for your help, Donald. That is indeed a good-looking sitemap.
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      Donald

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      I use to have a sitemap with 400 plus links and 5 pages long. Got so extensive and complex I got rid of it LOL
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      Donald

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      If any one page has 100 or more links and really long sitemaps might, it is said you should break them into multiple pages. So if in your sitemap you have five levels of bullets for example and more than 100 links, you should change it as follows....


      • level one

        • level two

          • level three

            • level four

              • level five



              • level one

                • level two

                  • level three (click for more)
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                  Donald

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                  no, a sitemap created by the sitebuilder is for google's purpose and other "crawler" purposes, not for general population. I have NEVER seeen any sitemap online on any website that is meant for the visitors to see and automatically created by the sitebuilder. Sitemaps visible to visitors were created by the web designer not the sitebuilder.
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                  Keara

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                  Donald, thank you for your reply. You talked me into making my own sitemap. ;-)
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                  Zach Hensler

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                  Try SlickPlan - www.slickplan.com

                  It's pretty easy to use and free, so it couldn't hurt to give it a shot.
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                  Keara

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                  Zach, thank you for the link. Slickplan looks like a good site to know about. Up with Dayton. ;-)
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                  Zach Hensler

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                  Up with Dayton indeed.