SiteTree can produce and maintain up to three kinds of sitemap:
An HTML5 Site Map you can customise in no time to create an archive of posts for a blog, a hierarchical list of pages for a business website, an index of recipes for a cooking blog or any sort of human-visible listing you might need for your WordPress website.
An XML Sitemap that can take shape from any WordPress Post Type and that can act as both generic Google Sitemap and content-specific Google Image Sitemap: information on images attached to web pages automatically show up in the sitemap.
Complemented by the automatic pinging feature and the ability to include more than one WordPress Post Type, a Google News Sitemap powered by SiteTree is quiet possibly the best supplement for a News website built upon WordPress.
A Site Tree made up of details:
- Drag-and-drop reordering of the hyper-lists composing the Site Tree.
- Hierarchical or flat list styles.
- De-hyperlinking of parent Pages up to the third level.
- Exclude all child Pages.
- Order Pages by menu order or title.
- Group Posts by date, category or author with the ability to toggle the hyperlinking of the group's title.
- Order Posts by title, publication date or popularity.
- Order Custom Posts by title or publication date.
- Stick featured Posts on top of the hyper-list.
- Show an excerpt of user defined length for Posts.
- Show authors' avatar and biographical info.
An overview of the major features:
The SiteTree Dashboard is nearly a control panel, where you can toggle the activation of the sitemaps and the enabling of the automatic pinging functionality, choose which types of content to include, adjust the sitemap split-up threshold, reorder with a drag-and-drop the hyper-lists composing the Site Tree, and generally know details about the building process and the latest pinging events.
WordPress-like settings pages togheter with the SiteTree Dashboard let you customise the sitemaps without writing any code.
A Myriad of Hyper-lists
Fully documented and always ready-to-use, the
[sitetree]shortcode and its workmate
sitetree_get_hyperlist()are flexible like only a few other developer tools: you change one attribute, or argument, and a whole new, dynamic list of hyperlinks is all set to be perused.
Custom Post Types Support
Custom Posts are no strangers to SiteTree: dedicated user controls appear in the dashboard as soon as Custom Post Types are detected, making their listing in the sitemaps a doddle.
Exclude and Disallow
With no more than a tick of a checkbox, you can exclude web pages from all types of resources that SiteTree is able to produce, from sitemaps to shortcode-generated hyper-lists. And because Search Engine Optimisation cannot be overlooked, with SiteTree you can also disallow robots from crawling the web pages excluded from the Google Sitemaps.
Site Tree Pagination and XML Sitemap Index — New
When the need comes to untangle the usability of a medium-to-large Site Tree, the pagination facility is never slow to take action, it is fully automated just like the SiteTree's ability to produce and maintain a Sitemap Index: SiteTree creates a distinct sitemap, or a group of sitemaps, for each type of content the included permalinks belong to, and the best part is that SiteTree can silently switch between single and multiple sitemaps mode while keeping unchanged the location of the main sitemap.
Automated and Upon-request Pinging
Notifying to Google of the need to re-crawl the Google Sitemaps or the News Sitemaps is an automated task for SiteTree, but in the context of the Google Sitemaps it can be you too, to decide when the pinging must take place. And whenever a ping for the Google Sitemaps sets off, there is always a second ping ready to reach Bing.
This is a Ghost Page
When you tell SiteTree to regard a Page as Ghost Page, SiteTree does this: automatically excludes the Page from all the sitemaps and the shortcode-generated hyper-lists, prevents the WP Super Cache plugin from caching the Page, and disallows the crawling of the Page without showing up its path into the 'robots.txt' file. Therefore a Ghost Page is any Page with no inbound link that you want to conceal from either well-disposed and bad-tempered robots.
A peek at the SiteTree Dashboard:
SiteTree lets you customise the Google Sitemap filename, and lets you do it directly from the SiteTree Dashboard.
SiteTree is able to automatically update the sitemaps even with the WordPress Super Cache plugin doing the "supercaching" of your website.
On computing the 'Last Modified' metadata for a Page listed in a Google Sitemap, SiteTree takes into account also of the modification date of their template files — if there are any.
The XSL templates of the Sitemap Index, the Google Sitemaps and the News Sitemaps are dynamically generated and fully localisable.