Saturday, 13 September 2014

User feedback and reviews

Your feedback positive and negative is really helpful and it's what helps keep us focused and improve the service. We thought we would share some of our favorite user comments :

"It is easy to use no hassle unlike other online generator, it exactly direct to the point. No tedious forms to register" - https://coyatz.com/wp

"I tried a couple of other sitemap generators but they were both rejected by Google. Yours was accepted. Thank you for your service." http://www.jira.co.nz

"Good and complete sitemap. It is a plus for the images in it!!" - http://www.steigerhout-meubelbouw.nl

"Really excellent. You identified bad links I was not aware of, and that is very helpful. Originally the Coffee Cup program I used for sitemaps generated XML, but now it's only HTML. I will be using you for more of our websites. Thanks for this service."  - http://www.clubsanook.com

"Very helpful tool for quickly getting a sitemap up. Thanks! Multiple formats appreciated." - http://www.deck-gates.com

"Wonderful blog site. Very rich in contents. A wide range of topics are covered. Wish to see more articles from them." - http://www.hnncommunications.com

"Nice en clean, works perfectly with google webmaster tools" - http://praktijkdriessen.nl

"This one works . Very Nice a site map generator online that actually works !! I love it !!!!" - http://nicepantyhose.com

"Quick, thorough and reliable. I have used this service for years and have it bookmarked on all my computers." - http://www.saloncabochon.com

"XmlSiteMapGenerator.org is easy to use - it helps you learn what sitemaps are, what options are allowed, and also generates other useful (and educational as well). Clean pages, not too Busy (I hate BUSY pages that are hard to get through)." - http://www.dpsfiles.com

"Excellent service, I'm using this service on a regular basis.   I definitely would recommend xmlsitemapgenerator.org to anyone!  Good job Guys/Gals for the good work. :)" - http://uslowwebsite.com

We plan to make all our ratings and feedback available online shortly.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Minor update to the 2000 page limit

A short time ago we increased  the sitemap page limit from 1000 to 2000. This limit applies to the number of pages in a sitemap.

In larger websites we sometimes find they have many errors in some cases 10,000s of links with errors e.g. a 404 not found.. In these cases our spider was often crawling 10'000s of pages before it hit the 2000 sitemap page limit.

Whilst these are not too common, when we do encounter them  they can cause a log jam during busy times which blocks other sitemaps from processing.

To address this we have now implemented a change so the the maximum pages spidered is 2000. therefore if you have 10,000s of url when we have processed 2000 pages, even if they errored the spider will stop.

For the majority of sites this will make little difference, we just thought we would let you know.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Current performance issues

The last few months have seen a 40% rise in traffic and subsequent sitemap generation requests. This is great, but it also means that the service is heavily loaded and performing more slowly at peak times.

We're currently looking at potential improvements that can be made to the application and hardware upgrades, and will hopefully have more news soon.

As I'm sure you'll appreciate providing a service like this can't be paid for by our passion alone. In the more immediate term we will be adding a donate button to the website.

We hope this will raise some funding to help purchase the performance tools and hardware needed to improve the service. If everyone who used the service paid just £1 ($1.65 or 1.25 ) it would help keep the show on the road. We don't expect everyone will contribute as it is a free service, but if you find it useful and are able to contribute every little helps.

In the mean time please accept our apologies for any delays and and please bear please bear with us.

Update - 6th September 2014

We've made some minor hardware upgrades so we have a few more CPU cores to play with. This should help ease some of the congestion in the short term while we work on other improvements.



Monday, 1 September 2014

New gTLD support and URL limit increased

We've updated the domain validation to allow for new gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains) which are longer than the more traditional ones.So whether you are a  .com or a .photography you can use the sitemap generator.

As well as this we have increased the sitemap url limit from 1000 to 2000 to cater for larger websites.