No XML formatted sitemap when XSL Generation is set to No

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2 years 6 months ago - 2 years 6 months ago #8505 by Per
When XSL Generation is set to No, then one does not get an XML formatted sitemap. I have to save the code that is generated as XML in Firefox and then copy and past it in an XML formater, e.g. www.freeformatter.com / xml-formatter , to get nicely formatted in XML.

Why not getting the sitemap in XML formatted code when XSL Generation is set to No?
Last edit: 2 years 6 months ago by Per.

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2 years 5 months ago #8519 by JoomLine
Hello.
An XML sitemap is primarily a tool for indexing a site by robots, they don't care about text formatting. There is no sense in formatting it for them.

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2 years 5 months ago - 2 years 5 months ago #8522 by Per
True, but it helps when one wants to check the sitemap if it's formatted. Now I have to format it, e.g. by using www.freeformatter.com to make it more readable.

JL-Sitemaps does a good job to create XML-sitemaps for articles on a multilingual website. It adds hreflang tags and image tags for the intro images.

There're two issues that I have to get in and correct manually: JL-Sitemap does not add the hreflang tags of he homepage in the default language (English), which it does in the other language (Spanish). Therefore I have to add this manually.

This is what this part of the code looks like after the XML-code has been formatted, but before my changes:
<url>
      <loc>https://my-site.com/en/</loc>
      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
      <priority>0.5</priority>
   </url>
   <url>
      <loc>https://my-site.com/es/</loc>
      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
      <priority>0.5</priority>
      <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-GB" href="https://my-site.com/en/" />
      <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="es-ES" href="https://my-site.com/es/" />
      <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="x-default" href="https://my-site.com/en/" />
   </url>

Furthermore, the hreflang are set to language and country specific variables for the two languages. This create a warning when validating the sitemap, because it's expected that x-default should not be country specific. Therefore I have to replace en-GB with en.

This is what the same code look like after my changes:
   <url>
      <loc>https://my-site.com/en/</loc>
      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
      <priority>0.5</priority>
      <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="https://my-site.com/en/" />
      <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="es-ES" href="https://my-site.com/es/" />
      <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="x-default" href="https://my-site.com/en/" />
   </url>
   <url>
      <loc>https://my-site.com/es/</loc>
      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
      <priority>0.5</priority>
      <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="https://my-site.com/en/" />
      <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="es-ES" href="https://my-site.com/es/" />
      <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="x-default" href="https://my-site.com/en/" />
   </url>

It would be handy if the XML-sitemap would be formatted to start with.

The Kunena extension does not work equal well on a multilingual website. It might partly depend on the fact that Kunena isn't really developed for multilingual websites, but by having one section each for English and Spanish, then it works fairly well. The problem is that the sitemap created by JL-Sitemaps even put the treads in the Spanish section in the English language version. Therefore, I have to correct it manually.

Overall JL-Sitemaps does a good job and it's an advantage that static sitemaps are generated, because then one can make manual corrections of the sitemap manually if needed.
Last edit: 2 years 5 months ago by Per.

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2 years 5 months ago #8525 by JoomLine
Created a discussion on this topic. We will be adding the formatted xml capability shortly.
github.com/Joomline/jlsitemap/issues/67

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2 years 5 months ago - 2 years 5 months ago #8526 by Per

JoomLine wrote: We will be adding the formatted xml capability shortly.


Excellent, then a good product will become even better :)
Last edit: 2 years 5 months ago by Per.

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