The Google Sitemap Generator Admin Console lets you configure the way that Google Sitemap Generator works and the types of URLs that it generates. This document explains how to use the Admin Console to set up Google Sitemap Generator. Use this document with the reference document, which provides details on command lines, configuration settings, and status values.
In this document:
Before you configure Google Sitemap Generator, you might need to do some system configuration.
You can use the Admin Console locally without enabling HTTPS. If the web server does not have HTTPS enabled:
However, to use the Admin Console remotely, you must have HTTPS enabled on the web server and enable the remote access feature.
To set up HTTPs on Windows:
By default, the TCP port is set to 8181 and the SSL port is unset.
To set up HTTPS on Linux:
If the default Admin Console port, 8181, is already in use, you can change the port as follows:
This section describes the steps you'll need to take during your first-time setup of Google Sitemap Generator.
The first time that you log in to the Admin Console, open a browser on the web server, using this URL:
https://localhost:8181. When you see the log-in page, enter the password that you created during the installation process.
After you've enabled remote access, you can use the hostname or IP address of the server in the Admin Console URL, as in these examples:
Once you've logged in, you'll see that Google Sitemap Generator has detected the websites on your web server. For each site, there's a site status page, a site configuration page, and a set of Sitemap types that you can configure.
The state of Google Sitemap Generator at first log-in is as follows:
To use the Admin Console from your own computer, rather than from the web server, you'll need to enable remote access. You can use the Admin Console or a command.
To use the Admin Console:
To use a command, use one of the following:
SitemapService.exe remote_admin enable
/usr/local/google-sitemap-generator/bin/sitemap-daemon remote_admin enable
Note: You can use the command line tool to perform some other basic functions for Google Sitemap Generator, but it has a limited set of functionality. Refer to the Reference document for information about the command format and options.
When you first log in, you'll see that Google Sitemap Generator has already detected the sites and listed them on the Admin Console Dashboard. Sites are activated by default. You can enable or disable use of Google Sitemap Generator for any site.
To disable or enable a site:
When you configure Google Sitemap Generator, you set default values for all sites on a web server. You can then accept or supersede those values for each site on the web server. There are two types of configurations: site configuration and Sitemap type configuration.
The following table is an overview of the configuration process.
|Order||Type of configuration||How to View|
|1||Default site values for all sites on the web server.||Dashboard > Default site settings|
|2||Default Sitemap-type values for all sites on the web server.||Dashboard > Default site settings > Sitemaps|
|3||Site-specific site values that override default values.||Dashboard > a site name > Site configuration|
|4||Site-specific values for specific types of Sitemaps.||Dashboard > a site name > Sitemaps > a specific Sitemap type, such as Web, Mobile, and so on|
The next sections describe the steps for setting default values and site-specific values.
Your first step is to examine and configure the default values.
To specify default values for all sites:
Note: For Web Sitemaps, notice the Sitemap file submission section. If you chose the installation option to start with automatic submission disabled, the robots.txt setting is unselected, and the ping URLs are disabled. Do not fill these in until you are ready to allow automatic submission of Web Sitemaps.
After you've examined and configured the default values, you can configure site-specific values. First you'll set the site configuration, and then you'll set the values for the Sitemap types you'll be using.
To specify customized values on a per-site basis:
You're now done with the configuration.
Google Sitemap Generator saves and applies your settings each time you click the Save button.
Changes apply only to Sitemaps that have not yet been submitted to search engines. For example, suppose you specify new filters that exclude additional types of URLs from a Sitemaps file. The results are as follows:
Test your configuration by viewing sample Sitemap files, and then modifying the configuration until each type of Sitemap file is exactly what you want it to be.
Warning: It is important to execute this testing procedure. You are responsible for verifying that you are not exposing sensitive content or user data to the search engine.
The following steps use Web Sitemaps to illustrate the testing procedure. You can adapt this method to other types of Sitemaps except for Blog Search.
Perform the following steps for one site at a time.
When the testing time has passed, do this:
When you are satisfied with the Sitemaps file, do the following:
To change your password:
If you forget your password and need to reset it, use one of the following commands:
The following table describes some issues that could arise and gives troubleshooting suggestions. Please share your findings with the community, to increase the information in this area.
|Sitemaps files are generated but empty||In the Sitemap URL filter section of the default and site-specific Site configuration pages, is there a rule that includes URLs? If the default value, the asterisk wildcard (*), is missing from Included URL patterns, and if no other patterns are present, no URLs are included in generated Sitemaps files.
In the same section, are there exclusion rules that exclude all URLs?
Is there live traffic on the site? Is it possible that the web server is down or that a network error has occurred?
|Code Search Sitemap file is empty||Are the file extensions specified in the URL filters the same as the file extensions used by the actual files?|