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  • Firas Khalifeh 11 posts 42 karma points
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 15:44
    Firas Khalifeh
    0

    SiteMap for Umbraco V6.x MVC Engine

    Hi,

    is there a best practices on how to create a sitemap for Umbraco v6 using MVC rendering engine.

    I tried a lot, but no solution
    I have 2 problems:
    1. I created a template called sitemap, then i tried to access the template through example.com/sitemap (altTemplate), but cant make to work like >> example.com/sitemap.xml !

    2. cant include the homepage (most parent node ) to the iteration !

    please take a look at my code and advice 

    @inherits Umbraco.Web.Mvc.UmbracoTemplatePage

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">

    @traverse(@Model.Content.AncestorOrSelf())

    </urlset>

    @{Response.ContentType = "application/rss+xml";Response.Charset = "utf-8";}

    @helper traverse(dynamic node)

    {var nodes = node.Children; 

     foreach (var n in nodes) 

     {var loc = HttpContext.Current.Request.ServerVariables["HTTP_HOST"] + n.Url;

    <url>

    <loc>@loc</loc>

    <lastmod>@n.UpdateDate.ToString("yyyy-MM-dd")</lastmod>

    </url>

     @traverse(n)

     }

     

    }

  • Jeavon Leopold 2997 posts 13127 karma points MVP 6x admin c-trib
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 21:48
    Jeavon Leopold
    0

    Hi Firas,

    1. I would recommend using a IIS rewrire rule to do this, e.g Rewrite sitemap.xml to /xml-sitemap

    2. Take a look at the NavIt package which can be used to generate a page based sitemap, it could be easily adapted to out xml instead.

    Hope that's helpful?

    Jeavon

  • Firas Khalifeh 11 posts 42 karma points
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 15:28
    Firas Khalifeh
    0

    Hi Jeavon,

    thanks a lot, 

    it seems really usefull package.

    but actually i got HTML sitemap not XML sitemap http://promoto.ae/sm

    and the most important i cant find a solution in umbraco, is to create http://promoto.ae/sitemap.xml with MVC + Razor

    thanks again.

    Firas

  • Jeavon Leopold 2997 posts 13127 karma points MVP 6x admin c-trib
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 16:54
    Jeavon Leopold
    1

    Ok, so firstly to create a partial that will return your tree with the correct elements for a xml sitemap:

    My file is /Views/Partials/XmlSitemap.cshtml

    @inherits Umbraco.Web.Mvc.UmbracoViewPage<IPublishedContent>
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">
    @{                   
        var homePage = Model.AncestorOrSelf(1);
    
        if (homePage != null && (homePage.Children.Any()))
        {        
            <url>
                <loc>@homePage.UrlWithDomain()</loc>                          
            </url>         
            @Traverse(homePage, false)    
        } 
    }</urlset>
    
    @helper Traverse(IPublishedContent parent, bool newList)
    {    
        var subPages = parent.Children.Where(x => x.IsVisible() && !x.HasProperty(DataNodePropertyAlias)).OrderBy(x => x.SortOrder);
        foreach (var page in subPages)
        {     
            <url>             
                <loc>@page.UrlWithDomain()</loc>
            </url>  
            @Traverse(page, true);
        } 
    }
    
    @functions{
        private const string DataNodePropertyAlias = "isDataNode";
    }

     Now it would be easy to include this in a view and it would render the required markup however there is a further complication, we need the response header content type to be "text/xml", this requires a SurfaceController:

    My file is in /Controllers/XmlSitemapSurfaceController.cs but if you don't have a VS.NET solution, place the file in the /App_Code/XmlSitemapSurfaceController.cs location

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging;
    using System.Web;
    using System.Web.Mvc;
    using Umbraco.Web.Mvc;
    
    namespace MyNameSpace.Controllers
    {
        public class XmlSitemapSurfaceController : SurfaceController
        {
            public ActionResult Index()
            {
                Response.ContentType = "text/xml";
                return PartialView("XmlSitemap",CurrentPage);
            }
        }
    } 

    The final part is to render this from your view.

    My file /Views/XmlSitemap.cshtml

     @inherits Umbraco.Web.Mvc.UmbracoTemplatePage
    @{
        Layout = null;  
    }@Html.Action("Index","XmlSitemapSurface")
        

     Now either attach this view to a content node or request it as a alttemplate. e.g http://www.mysite.com/XmlSitemap and you should see the xml sitemap.

    I will address how to rewrite this to sitemap.xml separately! :-)

  • Jeavon Leopold 2997 posts 13127 karma points MVP 6x admin c-trib
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 17:00
    Jeavon Leopold
    0

    Ok, so now assuming you are requesting your xml sitemap by alttemplate (so you don't need a node) e.g. /XmlSitemap/ we can now rewrite this using a IIS7 Rewrite rule (this extension must be installed in your IIS)

    Add this to your web.config within the system.webServer element:

         <rewrite>
          <rules>
            <rule name="Sitemap XML">
              <match url="sitemap.xml" />
              <action type="Rewrite" url="/XmlSitemap/" appendQueryString="false" />
            </rule>
          </rules>
        </rewrite>    

     

  • Jeavon Leopold 2997 posts 13127 karma points MVP 6x admin c-trib
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 17:53
    Jeavon Leopold
    100

    I forgot to mention that "isDataNode" is a convention that we use for Nodes that should always be ignored by sitemaps and navigation's etc, we add it as a label property to all document types that we know should always be ignored, kind of like a enforced umbracoNaviHide.

  • Firas Khalifeh 11 posts 42 karma points
    Jul 31, 2013 @ 01:21
    Firas Khalifeh
    0

    Thanks a lot,

    it is just works :D

  • molham bakir 18 posts 38 karma points
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 09:48
    molham bakir
    0

    Hi Guys, 

    It worked and has been submited into Google webmaster, but its still not appearing in Google search results! 

    If you type in Google 

    Site:promoto.ae

    you will notice that's there's only two indexed pages, which on of them is promoto.ae/sm 

    so i think we still didn't do it right. 

  • Jeavon Leopold 2997 posts 13127 karma points MVP 6x admin c-trib
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:06
    Jeavon Leopold
    0

    Hi Molham,

    Your xml sitemap is perfect however you have <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> on most pages while this is in place Google will not index these pages. You should change it to <meta name="robots" content="index,follow">

    Thanks,

    Jeavon

  • molham bakir 18 posts 38 karma points
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:20
    molham bakir
    0

    OMG!!! THANKS A LOT MAN. :'( 

    This is the most stupid mistake that shouldn't been done :( 

     

  • molham bakir 18 posts 38 karma points
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 11:02
    molham bakir
    0

    Unfortunity, promoto.ae only indexed my home page but not the others!

    why is that happening? is it because the sitemap.xml showing the page un defined (e.g. promoto.ae/about-us) there's no html or something?

    This is the message from Google webmaster: Googlebot couldn't crawl this URL because it points to a non-existent page. Generally, 404s don't harm your site's performance in search, but you can use them to help improve the user experience. More info.

    Another note: Usually when you copy a text from the home page and past it into Google, the links if that text should appear. but if i copy text from inside promoto.ae home page, google won't results! so basically non of the pages are indexing!

  • Robert Valcourt 70 posts 103 karma points
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 19:47
    Robert Valcourt
    0

    This is a great thread and it got me a working XML sitemap. I would like to enhance it further to include the lastmod property. In XSLT I would have used the following:

    <lastmod><xsl:value-of select="concat(@updateDate,'+00:00')" /></lastmod> 
    

    What would be the Razor/MVC equivalent?

    Update: I added the following to your script:

    <lastmod>@page.UpdateDate</lastmod>
    

    This outputs the date as: 7/31/2015 7:41:52 AM. But it needs to be in this format: 2014-12-01T09:31:24+00:00

    Update #2: this seems to be working thou it might not be the best approach:

    <lastmod>@page.UpdateDate.ToString("yyyy-mm-dd'T'hh:mm:ss'+00:00'")</lastmod>
    
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