I wanted to make a sitemap for my site to submit to google, but I didn’t want to pay for a sitemap generator, as my site is not a commercial site.
google-sitemap_gen is one of the first resources I found.
The Problem is…
The problem is that it is described for use with apache but I am using the nginx server. A bit more searching lead me to this page and Wing Tang Wong’s answer.
He said he made a url list by spidering with wget, and writing to wget-log. Then use that source of urls to make the sitemap.xml with the google-sitemap_gen. I donwloaded the sitemap generator package and unzipped it.
Next I modified the config file like he says on the linked page above.
#<?xml version="1.0" encoding=UTF-8?> <site base_url="http://YOURDOMAIN.com/" store_into="/var/www/sitemap_gen-1.4/sitemap.xml" verbose=1 > <url href="http://YOURDOMAIN.com/stats?q=name" /> <url href="http://YOURDOMAIN.com/stats?q=age" lastmod="2004-11-14T01:00:00-07:00" changefreq=yearly priority="0.3" /> <urllist path="urllist.txt" encoding=UTF-8 /> <!-- Exclude URLs that end with a '~' (IE: emacs backup files) --> <filter action=drop type=wildcard pattern="*~" /> <!-- Exclude URLs within UNIX-style hidden files or directories --> <filter action=drop type=regexp pattern="/\.[^/]*" />
He spidered with
wget -mk —spider -r -l2 http://YOURDOMAIN.COM/
but I found it worked if I did it like this:
wget -mk --spider -r -l2 http://YOURDOMAIN.COM/ -o wget-log
Then his next command to make the urllist worked nicely:
cat wget-log | tr ' ' '\012' | grep "^http" | egrep -vi "[?]|[.]jpg$" | sort -u > urllist.txt
No problems after ensuring that the wget-log file was written and in place. then all that remained was to use the google-sitemap_gen with the command:
python sitemap_gen.py --config=example_config.xml
And presto! You have a nice sitemap. Just send it to google on their webmaster tools page.