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  • Creating the Sitemap XML for your vBulletin

    The XML Sitemap specification allows search engines to index your site more efficiently. vBulletin 5 Connect can create the Sitemap automatically so you can submit it to your favorite search engines.

    Using the default path

    If you are using vBulletin Cloud, you must use this option.

    1. The default value for this is core/store_sitemap.
    2. Make sure the directory is CHMOD 0777 on your server.
    3. In the AdminCP, go to Settings -> Options -> XML Sitemap and set Enable Automatic Sitemap Generation to Yes.
    4. Rebuild your XML Sitemap files in the AdminCP under XML Sitemap -> Rebuild Sitemap

    Using a custom path

    Determining the path of your XML Storage Directory.

    1. Upload the file filepath.php to your chosen storage directory.
    2. Load it in your browser e.g. www.youdomain.com/forumpath/xmlstorage/filepath.php
    3. You'll output similar to: /home/%username%/public_html//vbulletin/store_sitemap/filepath.php
    4. Delete /filepath.php from the end and you have your full path.
    5. In the AdminCP, go to Settings -> Options -> XML Sitemap and set Enable Automatic Sitemap Generation to Yes.
    6. In the AdminCP, enter this path value at Settings -> Options -> XML Sitemap -> Sitemap File Path
    7. Regenerate your XML Sitemap files in the AdminCP at XML Sitemap -> Rebuild Sitemap

    Submitting your Sitemap

    Once enabled, vBulletin will insert META tags about your Sitemap into the header of every page. These tags will tell the search engines how to find and download the Sitemap for inclusion within their indexes. If you wish to submit the Sitemap manually, visit the Search Engine's Webmaster Tools page to find instructions on how to do that.

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