Create a Simple Sitemap Using Perch CMS
I've been using Perch for over a year now on all kinds of client and personal sites, and it is amazing!
Recently I've been looking at improving the performance of sites built with Perch - both from a speed perspective and also in terms of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).
Here's how I go about creating a simple sitemap for a site built using Perch:
Create a New Navigation Template
Within the Perch navigation templates folder I create a new file called sitemap.html:
This file contains the following code:
<perch:before><?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"> </perch:before> <url> <loc>https://YOURDOMAIN.co.uk<perch:pages id="pagePath" /></loc> </url> <perch:after> </urlset> </perch:after>
Don't forget to update YOURDOMAIN with your actual domain name!
Create a Sitemap Page
The second step is to create a new file in the root directory of your website, I call mine sitemap.php. It should contain this:
<?php header('Content-type: application/xml'); include('perch/runtime.php'); perch_pages_navigation(array( 'template'=>'sitemap.html', 'flat'=>true )); ?>
You could do this as a new Perch page - but that's unnecessary - it's simpler to just create an independent new .php file.
This file (sitemap.php) calls the Perch runtime and then spits out the list of pages which make up your site - you can then submit your sitemap to Google via Webmaster Tools, or reference it in your robots.txt file like this:
User-agent: * Allow: / Sitemap: https://YOURDOMAIN.co.uk/sitemap.php
Again - don't forget to enter your proper domain name.
This is pretty basic - but Google seems happy enough with it. As always, this is more a reference for my benefit that anyone elses, but if it helps you out feel free to make use of the code!