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An XML sitemap is a list of URLs that tells search engines how a site is organised. They can help site crawlers find pages they might otherwise miss, and tells search engines how to sort and categorise traffic. They are also useful for ensuring video content gets included in search results. Learn more about sitemaps.
See here for the latest version: http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/sitemap.xml
We use Check Domains (https://www.check-domains.com/sitemap/) to generate sitemaps. This is free to use and does not require an account to login.
We don't create new pages that often, so updating it once a month is probably about right (as of March 2016). A reminder to do this has been set in the webadmin calendar.
Once downloaded, copy it into the test server's root directory:
You should test the sitemap loads before copying to the live server. Some characters can cause issues (umlauts for example). At this point, you can edit it if you wish, but there should be no need. Once you have made and saved any changes, publish to the live server.
Tell Google the sitemap has been updated. Do this through the search console.
Do the same for Bing. Do this through Bing webmaster.
Google will tell you of any warnings or errors with a sitemap. Errors can stop a sitemap being used by Google and will need addressing. Warnings are less serious and can normally be ignored. We currently receive warnings for embedding the same video on multiple pages. Ignore these.