PrestaShop Sitemap – How to Create and Submit

PrestaShop Sitemap – How to Create and Submit

Store sitemap is a great way to speed up your site indexing on Google. It is an excellent addition to your SEO, especially if your store is very active: constantly adding new products or unlisting them.

How to generate Sitemap for the PrestaShop store? PrestaShop has an official and free Google Sitemap addon. You can generate Sitemap for your store listing categories, products, and custom pages.

But this time, I want you to show some good practices around that topic and SEO.

How to Generate Sitemap for Your PrestaShop Store

Log into the back office, click Modules → Module Manager and search for the sitemap keyword.

On the opened page, you will see lots of checkboxes and the button Generate Sitemap.

The Official PrestaShop Sitemap Addon
The Official PrestaShop Sitemap Addon

You might think that you need to check all the checkboxes - please no. Don’t check anything at all; just click on the Generate Sitemap button to generate one with links to pages, categories, and products.

More pages you have in the Sitemap does not mean you would have a better SEO ranking. Google said you should have a site with “valuable” pages only. All other pages - cart page, privacy policy, or terms page - are useless/generic.

Two Big Problems With Default PrestaShop Sitemap

There are two significant issues when you hit the Generate Sitemap button from the Sitemap Addon configuration page.

The first is that it will put your Sitemap into weirdly looking URL like example.org/1_index_sitemap.xml. Not only is this weird, but hardly a guessable filename. Also, it contains links to other files, so it is hard to use.

Fortunately, that format is easily recognizable for Google to follow. But Google won’t use your Sitemap until you submit one. Read the next section for details on that.

Another big problem is that generation is a one-time action and is not automatic. Fortunately, most hostings will support CRON entries, and if you follow the advice from the bottom on that addon - you could fix it.

Cron helps PrestaShop sitemap to regenerate automatically
Cron helps PrestaShop sitemap to regenerate automatically

How to Submit Sitemap to Google Search Console

Open Google Search Console and create a new property if you haven’t so.

It will ask you to enter some details about your store and suggest actions to validate the property.

Next, go to the Sitemaps page and submit the URL you have received after clicking Generate Sitemap button.

Submit Sitemap to Google Search Console
Submit Sitemap to Google Search Console

That’s all. Your Sitemap will be reviewed in 2-3 days, and indexed pages report will become available.

Google Search Console Sitemap Coverage
Google Search Console Sitemap Coverage

Other Tools to Generate PrestaShop Sitemap

You don’t need to use the PrestaShop sitemap generator. You can use online tools for free like xml-sitemaps. If you use them, don’t forget to upload generated file to your server into the root directory of PrestaShop.

Do You Need Sitemap for PrestaShop

Not really, but you need to ping Google so that they start crawling your store. Register to Google Analytics and Google Search Console. That is enough to get your site indexed in the next 2-5 days.

Three years or more ago it having Sitemap was an advantage to get your pages indexed faster. These days Google has some validation rules for every page they scan, and if your URL will show up in Sitemap quicker - that does not mean anything.

But Sitemap in Google Search Console can report you on any errors (inaccessible pages, infected pages, and so on.).

So Sitemap is optional, but using Google Search Console is mandatory.

Conclusion

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