Cannot see the sitemap on my website

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Cannot see the sitemap on my website

Post by lion » Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:44 pm

Hello,
I installed a plug in to generate the sitemap for my wordpress website discoteche roma,
but when I check it with a seo toolbar it says that the website has not a sitemap.
Also if I navigate here http://limonieventi.com/sitemap.xml it reports an error

Any idea?

Thanks a lot

L.

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Re: Cannot see the sitemap on my website

Post by MikeGale » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:08 pm

Yes the sitemap is there (400 lines long) and it has an error.

It might be a fault in the plugin or the way it's setup.

I recommend editing a simple sitemap by hand and making it work. That way you know what is really going on. (If you depend entirely on tools like plugins you might never understand what's happening under the surface.)

When you understand a simple map, you'll often be able to identify the problem by simply looking at the markup.

There are tools for working with XML and XSD's. I suggest using those, if still needed, after solving the issue manually.

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Re: Cannot see the sitemap on my website

Post by lion » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:25 am

Thank you Mike,
can you let me know the name of one of these tools?

Also I just found out a strange thing,I can find the sitemap if I add "www" to the address:
http://www.limonieventi.com/sitemap.xml
while I find the error for this other address:
http://limonieventi.com/sitemap.xml
is that not the same address and the same sitemap?

Thanks a lot

L.

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Re: Cannot see the sitemap on my website

Post by MikeGale » Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:54 pm

You've solved the issue with that testing. If you can ensure that the exact full URL is used to access the sitemap you have an immediate solution.

(You'd need to research the issue of different URL's, with the same base domain. I haven't looked at anything like that for a while...)

My recommendation is definitely to do it by hand first. (Tools come second.)

I'm no expert on XSD, I don't face them directly every day!

My most recent experience was generating an XSD ( a week or two ago). In that case I loaded the XSD into my development environment and got immediate live validation of XML written against the XSD. Check out programmers' Integrated Development Environments (IDE's) if you already have one, or want to go that way.

Looking beyond that you'll need to do your own research. Here's some suggestions.

I'd look at free online tools, open source code and development tools. With cost, time to learn and convenience maybe in that same order.

1) For online I'd search for XML, XSD and validate. Given the poor state of search these days that might take a bit of work. There's quite a lot of web interfaces out there that do this general sort of thing. (Some useful, some flaky, you've just got to check.)

2) For code I'd look at CodeProject and similar.

3) For specialist tools Altova XML Spy and Stylus Studio come to mind. There's more. May cost more than you want.

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Re: Cannot see the sitemap on my website

Post by lion » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:26 am

Ok, I will check it out.
Thank you very much indeed for your help!

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Re: Cannot see the sitemap on my website

Post by WHUK_Barb » Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:14 am

Well this is an old thread but I could see that the site still isn't accessible without www in the prefix, hence feel the need to post a reply.

Now, I could find an xml sitemap perfectly built for the domain inclusive of www. So, what you need to do is set a 301 redirect in .htaccess for the url http://limonieventi.com/sitemap.xml pointing to http://www.limonieventi.com/sitemap.xml

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