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Yes. Everything you ask for is possible. And here's an example XML sitemap file generated by the Drupal XML sitemap module with a little bit of configuration. Everything is done for you out of the box. http://softkube.com/sitemap.xml If you check the code of the XML file there's a link to an XSL and inside that file you can see the code with references to ...


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Of course. XML is just XML and can be served as XHTML by using XSL if you wish and styled with CSS.


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From the documentation: Informing search engine crawlers Once you have created the Sitemap file and placed it on your webserver, you need to inform the search engines that support this protocol of its location. You can do this by: submitting it to them via the search engine's submission interface specifying the location in your site's ...


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It seems these days that a sitemap in the root named sitemap.xml will get picked up by dang near anyone in time. It all depends on how much control you want. If you do not want just anyone reading your sitemap including scrapper bots, then name it something unique and submit it to Google, Bing, and who ever else you want. Do not put it in your robots.txt ...


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It may be that Google is a bit confused. I see nothing that tells Google that it is a sitemap per se' though I am sure it is obvious to you an I. Remember that it is kind of difficult to distinguish all cases in code especially if you are a search engine with so many crazy sites out there doing "God knows what?" So you may have to help poor G out a bit. ...



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