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@Ankita Katdare • 14 Jan, 2014
If you submit your sitemap in Google Webmasters and it gives the error -
"Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead."

What should you do to fix it? Please share.

[I will try to get back with a solution once I find it.]
@Kaustubh Katdare • 14 Jan, 2014 It's always better to use a XML sitemap or a simple text file that has links to various sections or pages on your website. At CrazyEngineers, we use XML sitemaps that adhere to guidelines set up by sitemaps.org
@Manish Goyal • 14 Jan, 2014 may be your site map was not created properly

You can use following links to generate them for your website

https://www.xml-sitemaps.com/

https://www.web-site-map.com/
@Prateeksrivastava24 • 14 Jan, 2014 Google webmaster tools gives an error when you are submitting sitemaps because you can use HTML sitemap,Google webmaster tools can support only XML Sitemaps.So you can create XML sitemap by using following websites.
1.www.xml-sitemaps.com
2.www.sitemaps.org

I am suggesting you to first you will test the sitemap and then submitting on webmaster tools.
@Ankita Katdare • 14 Jan, 2014 How will you use the online generated sitemaps on a wordpress site?
@Manish Goyal • 14 Jan, 2014 You just need to pass the URL for which sitemap needs to be generated

It is easy
@Ankita Katdare • 14 Jan, 2014
Manish Goyal
You just need to pass the URL for which sitemap needs to be generated

It is easy
How do we host a sitemap for wordpress site on the site, I meant.
Like Engadget -
https://www.engadget.com/sitemap_index.xml
@Manish Goyal • 14 Jan, 2014 If you have your own hosting, then you can just upload it through FTP,otherwise if you are using some sub domain, then I don't think they will really allow you
@Ankita Katdare • 16 Jan, 2014
Manish Goyal
You just need to pass the URL for which sitemap needs to be generated

It is easy
What about the entire site? How does one have a sitemap that adheres to Google News sitemap guidelines that gets updated immediately as you publish a new article?
@Kaustubh Katdare • 16 Jan, 2014 Sitemaps, at the core of it, is just a collection of links and related description to various parts of your site. It's just a way to tell the people, and search engine spiders about the location of the content which they'd otherwise miss. But these days, sitemaps are mostly created for the benefit of search engine spiders.

Google may not accept HTML sitemaps; and I really don't know the reason. Maybe they need a more formal mechanism of telling what the links are, when were they created, what should be the priority with which they should be visited and what's the frequency that the content on these links will change.

You may submit multiple sitemaps or just a single sitemap with links pointing to any part of your domain or sub domain. Technically; a sub-domain may be an entirely different site; and Google may not pass the page-rank to subdomains from the main domain. That's why people choose to list their own separate sitemaps for each sub-domain.
@Manish Goyal • 16 Jan, 2014 • 2 likes
Ankita Katdare
What about the entire site? How does one have a sitemap that adheres to Google News sitemap guidelines that gets updated immediately as you publish a new article?
In that case you have to update your site maps manually or you can write a script that will update it via some Cron job that will run everyday
@Ankita Katdare • 16 Jan, 2014 Looks like there is no solution for this for non-coders. 😯 😛

I think someone here at CE should publish the code for wordpress here at CrazyEngineers and keep it for download.
@Manish Goyal • 16 Jan, 2014
Ankita Katdare
Looks like there is no solution for this for non-coders. 😯 😛

I think someone here at CE should publish the code for wordpress here at CrazyEngineers and keep it for download.
There are many Wordpress plugins available for this, Google site map generator is best for this I believe. it's just a matter of click on button whenever you want to update it

But all this will be only possible on your own hosting , if you are running a website on some subdomain then 😔
@Ankita Katdare • 16 Jan, 2014
Manish Goyal
There are many Wordpress plugins available for this, Google site map generator is best for this I believe. it's just a matter of click on button whenever you want to update it
Nope. There aren't many wordpress plugins available. You can test them in free time.
There are a lot of plugins for generating sitemaps as such. But none for generating "Google News Sitemap"
@Manish Goyal • 16 Jan, 2014 https://wordpress.org/plugins/xml-sitemap-feed/ ??
@Ankita Katdare • 16 Jan, 2014
Manish Goyal
https://wordpress.org/plugins/xml-sitemap-feed/
Not sure if it works properly. I have heard and read a lot of complaints that there's an issue with that plugin too.
Some of the plugins don't get updated immediately. Some have trouble adhering to google news guidelines. Some don't allow content to be chosen only from some categories and so on.. 😀

Anyway, I hope that link one works fine.
@Manish Goyal • 16 Jan, 2014
Ankita Katdare
Not sure if it works properly. I have heard and read a lot of complaints that there's an issue with that plugin too.
Some of the plugins don't get updated immediately. Some have trouble adhering to google news guidelines. Some don't allow content to be chosen only from some categories and so on.. 😀

Anyway, I hope that link one works fine.
😁, that's the reason people hire freelancers like us, Getting a software that meets your needs exactly to the point is really not an easy job
@AppDazzle • 28 Feb, 2015 You will get this error if you are using caching plugin.. Make sure you whitelist sitemap url so that plugin does not cache it and treat it as html...

for ex - <clipped by admin> add this url in caching plugin where it says whitelist or don't cache this page in case of WordPress Super Cache.
@Ankita Katdare • 02 Mar, 2015 Good job spamming an old thread ^ this person.

I think I found a solution back then. A simple wordpress plugin helped me do the job with the right settings. Wondering why I didn't update the thread back then. Anyway, better late than never.

If anyone is getting the same error as above, please post your queries below. We will be happy to help.
@Manish Goyal • 02 Mar, 2015 It will be great if you could post name of plugin
@AppDazzle • 02 Mar, 2015 • 1 like
Ankita Katdare
Good job spamming an old thread ^ this person.

I think I found a solution back then. A simple wordpress plugin helped me do the job with the right settings. Wondering why I didn't update the thread back then. Anyway, better late than never.

If anyone is getting the same error as above, please post your queries below. We will be happy to help.
it was't spamming... I was searching for a solution and came here on crazyengineers through Google search... I was just helping since this page is ranking on 1st page of SERPs.. there was no solution so I added.. that's it..
@Ankita Katdare • 02 Mar, 2015
Manish Goyal
It will be great if you could post name of plugin
I really don't remember. It could have been one of these:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/xml-sitemap-feed/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/bwp-google-xml-sitemaps/
What I found is that as per the requirements of the website owner, one needs to play around with the settings a lot. Sometimes it's the cache, sometimes it is the categories that one needs to submit to the sitemap for Google News, sometimes it's the work of another nasty plugin playing around with your new sitemap plugin's code.
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