How do I create a sitemap for my website?

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How can I add a sitemap to my website? I heard that search engines like a xml format for indexing purposes. Any help is appreciated.
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Here are some instructions to create and add a sitemap to your website.

  1. Go to

  2. Scroll to the bottom and enter your domain name at the Starting URL section.

  3. Click the Start Button (don't worry about the information between your domain and the start button).

  4. After the website refreshes, you'll get a message that your sitemap is ready. Click the 1st link under the Download Sitemap section.

  5. Save the xml file to your desktop.

  6. Go back to or sign in to your website account.

  7. Click Websites Manager in the left navigation menu. Then, click Edit Site.

  8. Click your domain name or sitename at the top and select View File Manager from the drop-down menu.

  9. At the top, click Import and upload the sitemap.xml file that you saved to your computer.

  10. In the file manager, find the sitemap.xml file. Right click on the file, then select Publish.

To help get your website indexed faster, we recommend that you setup Google Webmaster Tools. This is a free software that Google offer and gives great insight into your website's visibility online. You can also upload your sitemap into their tool to keep track on how many of your pages have been indexed.

Hope that helps! 
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what part of the code do i copy to google webmaster tool I keep getting 404 error follow protocol page on testing the site map
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was able to create and publish sitemap to my website through Homestead. But now I need to know how to submit to Google Webmasters Tools. Help please?
I have the same question as Suzanne! Once I am at the Google Webmasters Tools it asks me to enter my url for my sitemap, where is that?
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Hi All,

Sorry for the delay -

The sitemap url will be your domain name/ the name of the file

for example if my domain name is and the file name is sitemap, the url would be:

http:// ehsan .com /sitemap.xml

*if you've uploaded it to a folder in your file manager, then be sure to add the folder name
(http:// ehsan .com /folder/sitemap.xml

I hope this helps clarify, please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Thanks, this was a tremendous help.