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    HTML sitemap and XML sitemap


    What is Site Map and distinguish between HTML sitemap and XML sitemap?
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    HI, A site map is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users.

    HTML site map is mainly for the for ease of navigation , they are easy to undesrtand..they are mainly for the human and not for the search engine..the problem with the HTML site map they are not able to updated by itself.

    XML sitemap are for the search engine ..they are not understandable for a normal internet user..but they are automatic up datable ..you can set frequency over there...
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    HTML sitemap is for the users/visitors of the website. This will help them navigate through the site/understand the site structure
    XML sitemap is to tell the search engine bots (crawlers/spiders) the list of pages/URLs the site has(or needed to be indexed) along with the change frequency and priority. The XML sitemap can also have the list of images on each page (image sitemap).
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    Originally Posted by avinash.conda
    HTML sitemap is for the users/visitors of the website. This will help them navigate through the site/understand the site structure
    XML sitemap is to tell the search engine bots (crawlers/spiders) the list of pages/URLs the site has(or needed to be indexed) along with the change frequency and priority. The XML sitemap can also have the list of images on each page (image sitemap).
    Thanks Avinash for your great reply. I have one doubt while i am placing sitemap.xml to my website it shows

    XML Parsing Error: not well-formedLocation: http://www.domain.com/sitemap.xml
    Line Number 2455, Column 1:

    So what should have to do to fix it well??

    Waiting to get satisfied answer.

    Thanks in Advance.
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    Hi chiefson,

    There might be a syntax error in your XML sitemap.
    Also, There are a few characters like "&" which are needed to be handled as XML doesn't recognize them. This can be done using CDATA.

    Use a XML validator or generate a new XML sitemap using a better generator to avoid this error.

    I am not sure if you are using any CMS. sometimes a few plugins also might cause this error but as your error is in line 2455, I suppose that in not the case for you.
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    HTML sitemap is all abut users. It's a map (of all the site) in the form of links.
    XML sitemap is for search engine bots and its intention is to help crawlers/bots/spiders identify the pages of the site (e.g which pages are the most important ones with). btw, don't forge to the set the frequency (how frequently you want the pages to be crawled).

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    I can simply say, Html sitemap for visitors to directly navigate to any page in a website, and XML sitemap is for robots to understand the link structure in a website.
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    Sitemap is one of the most important part of a website. HTML Sitemap and XML Sitemap. HTML sitemap helps users to find out all the services and information in one page. Mostly it is for visitors. On the other hand XML sitemap helps search engine spiders to crawl all the pages of a website. It helps to index the pages of a website.

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