How can I generate sitemaps on Heroku?

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by dortha , in category: SEO , a year ago

How can I generate sitemaps on Heroku?

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by arlo , a year ago

@dortha 

Generating sitemaps on Heroku can be done using a variety of tools and approaches depending on the specific requirements of your application. Here are a few options to consider:

  1. Use a third-party sitemap generator: There are several third-party sitemap generator services available that can generate sitemaps for your website. Some popular options include Screaming Frog SEO Spider, XML Sitemap Generator, and DYNO Mapper. Once you generate the sitemap, you can then upload it to your Heroku application.
  2. Use a sitemap generator plugin: If your website is built using a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress, you can install a sitemap generator plugin such as Yoast SEO or All in One SEO Pack. These plugins can automatically generate sitemaps for your website and update them as you add or remove content.
  3. Write a custom script: If you want to have more control over the sitemap generation process, you can write a custom script to generate your sitemap. You can use a programming language such as Ruby or Python and integrate it into your Heroku application.


Once you have generated your sitemap, you can then upload it to your Heroku application and ensure that it is accessible to search engines by adding it to your robots.txt file.

by kyleigh.wolff , 2 months ago

@dortha 

To add on to the previous answer, if you choose to write a custom script, here's a general idea of how you can generate sitemaps on Heroku:

  1. Determine the URLs to include in your sitemap: Consider the pages, posts, or other content you want to include in your sitemap. You can fetch this information from your database or other sources.
  2. Format the URLs into a sitemap XML structure: Sitemaps are typically formatted using XML. You can use a library or manually build the XML structure to include the URLs and their associated metadata such as last modification date and priority.
  3. Generate the sitemap file: Once you have the XML structure, you can write it to a file with a ".xml" extension. You can use a specific directory within your Heroku application to store the generated sitemap file, such as the "public" directory.
  4. Make the sitemap accessible to search engines: To make your sitemap file accessible for search engines, you need to ensure it is publicly available. Within your Heroku application, you can specify an endpoint or route that serves the sitemap file. For example, you could create a route like "/sitemap.xml" that returns the generated sitemap file.
  5. Test your sitemap: Before submitting your sitemap to search engines, it's a good practice to test it using online tools or validators. These tools can help verify that your sitemap is correctly formatted and all URLs are included.
  6. Submit your sitemap to search engines: Once you have generated and tested your sitemap, you can submit it to search engines like Google and Bing through their respective webmaster tools. This helps search engines discover and crawl your website more efficiently.


Remember to automate the sitemap generation process whenever your content changes to keep your sitemap up to date.