Xmap Sitemap Other Preference Options

Xmap allows you to create a map of your site using the structure of your menus. Other options are to show the menu titles (Show Menu Titles), and if you want to include a link to the author (Include link to author), which refers to a link to the Vargas site, not the author of the articles. For now, leave the menu titles active, but from an SEO point of view don’t include the link to the author.

However, if you want to show some appreciation for the author’s work, leave the link active.

Excluding Menu IDs:
This is a way in which you can lose links to the pages such as privacy statements and other mandatory pages that you need to link to, but don’t want to show it on your sitemap. Remember, you are going to submit the sitemap information to the search engines, so make sure it has the relevant links and pages.

Number of Columns:
This option is used in the layout of the sitemap. For a smaller site keep this to 1. However, as the site grows and the page becomes too long, you can update it according to your needs.

It is always nice to show your visitors if a link in the sitemap is going to take them to another site, which is why the image file is there. You can change the image to your liking as well.  

SET Default:
This option means going back to the default setting. This option doesn’t ask for a confirmation, so be careful, and only select it if you are sure you want to reset your options, especially if you have made a lot of changes to your preferences.

This option will create a second instance of the sitemap, which you can and should use if your web site grows so large that the sitemap itself is getting very large. It is important for you to know that Google doesn’t like pages that have more than 100 links on it. You can prevent this by having different sitemaps for the different menus on your site, if it gets really big.

Cache Lifetime:
This is the time between rebuilds of the sitemap once it is accessed. Of course, this is dependent on the frequency with which new content is placed on the site. Leaving this to the default value works for standard Joomla! sites, and needs to be changed only if you notice that it takes too long for updates to get into the map.

Delete and Clean cache speak for themselves.

Adding menus to the sitemap:
Adding menus to the sitemap is done by clicking on the + sign. It shows a drop-down list through which you can select the menus you want to include in the sitemap.

After you click on Save, you are done with the configuration. The component doesn’t close automatically nor does it say it’s clone, you just see that the menus are now included.

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