In Miva Merchant there are two kinds of sitemaps: HTML sitemaps and XML sitemaps.
In this section we are only going to talk about XML sitemaps.
You can manually create and update your XML sitemap, but it's a bit of a chore. For example:
See To Run a Feed Manually.
To make life easier you can automate the process of updating your XML sitemap by using a feed.
After you complete the steps above, your XML sitemap will be updated automatically.
"Standard Sitemap Protocol Feed" is a fancy way of saying: "XML Sitemap Feed". This is a special feed that you can create which will automatically update your XML sitemap.
|Code:||The code uniquely identifies the feed in your store database.|
|Name:||The Name is used for display purposes in the admin interface.|
|Feed Module:||Select Standard Sitemap Protocol Feed.|
Generally, you will only need to use this field if you have multiple stores in the same domain.
Your XML sitemap file will always be called "sitemap.xml". If you have two stores in the same domain, the second sitemap file that you create will over-write the first. For example:
To get around this issue you can add a suffix to your sitemap.xml file. For example:
The xml sitemap filename would be: sitemapstore1.xml
|Update robots.txt when sitemap is created||
A robots.txt file lives on the web server machine and gives instructions to scripts or programs that visit your website. If you check this box:
|Notify Google of an updated sitemap||If you check this box, the Miva Merchant software will automatically contact Google and send them the location of your XML sitemap file, every time the file is updated.|
|Notify Bing of an updated sitemap||If you check this box, the Miva Merchant software will automatically contact Bing and send them the location of your XML sitemap file, every time the file is updated.|
Use this field to select which of your products will be listed in the XML sitemap file.
|Product URI Priority:||You can give the web pages that are listed in your XML sitemap file a priority; 0 is the lowest, 1 is the highest. Theoretically, if you gave your product pages high priority and your category pages low priority, your product pages could show up earlier in the result list from a search engine. However, search engines use several other factors to create the result list, so these priority numbers don't have that much effect.|
|Exclude Free Products||Free products in your store won't be included in the XML sitemap file.|
|Categories:||See Products field.|
|Category URI Priority:||See Product URI Priority.|
|Include pages in the sitemap||If you check this box, your xml sitemap feed will include any page where the sitemap_exclude item is not assigned. The purpose of this checkbox, and the sitemap_exclude item, is to give you the ability to have search engines index pages other than your category and product pages, if you feel those pages have content that should be indexed. For example, you could check this box if you feel your ABUS page should be indexed. (By default, page ABUS doesn't have the sitemap_exclude item assigned.)|
|Page URI Priority:||See Product URI Priority|
|Non-Canonical URI Priority:||See Product URI Priority.|
|Output Non-Canonical URIs/ Output Archived URIs||If you check these boxes your non-canonical URIs and your archived URIs will be included in the XML sitemap.|
The Last Modified field puts a "lastmod" tag in your XML sitemap. The lastmod date is theoretically the date that the product/category page was modified, but in reality, it will always be the date that the XML sitemap file was updated. The lastmod and changefreq tags are not used for much. They are essentially legacy fields in the XML sitemap.
The Change Frequency field adds a changefreq tag to your XML sitemap file. Although it doesn't have much effect, the purpose is to give search engines some idea how often your web pages change. Theoretically, this could influence how often your store pages are re-indexed by a search engine.
If you choose "Do Not Send", your XML sitemap file won't have a changefreq tag in it.
You would navigate to: https://mivatest.com/sitemap.xml