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Your site map

A site map (or sitemap) is a list of URLs on a site that tells search engines about the structure of its content.

Your Squarespace site comes with a site map using the .xml format, so you don't need to create one manually. It includes the URLs for all pages on your site and image metadata for SEO-friendly indexing. We automatically update it with any pages you add or remove.

Note: Site maps aren't accessible to trial sites.

Find your site map

You can view your site map by adding:

/sitemap.xml

to the end of your domain. With your built-in Squarespace domain, your site map URL looks like this:

http://sitename.squarespace.com/sitemap.xml

Tip: Replace sitename with your own Squarespace site name.

If you have a custom domain, your site map URL looks like this:

http://www.yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml

Tip: Replace yourdomain.com with your primary domain and include www.

Here's a screenshot of the sitemap for http://www.squarespace.com:

sqsp-sitemap.png

Making changes to your site map

Your site map updates automatically whenever you make changes to your site. Changes usually appear within an hour, although they can take up to 24 hours to appear.

It isn't possible to directly edit the site map.

What isn't included

Site maps don't include:

  • Disabled pages, pages that have page passwords, or pages hidden from search in Page Settings
  • Style information
  • Code Block and Embed Block content
  • The individual URLs of pages within an Index Page (The content of those pages will appear. This means that search engines can still crawl all content in your Index Page.)

Site maps and search engines

A site map tells search engines what pages are available for crawling. The position of a page in the site map doesn't affect its position in search results.

We set standard priorities for pages and blog posts in your site map. The homepage has a priority of 1, other pages have a priority of .75, and blog posts have a priority of .5.

Priorities help search engines rank pages within your site relative to each other. For example, your homepage's priority of 1 shows that it's the most important page on your site. Aside from this, priorities don't influence the position of your pages in search results.

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