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Review of Dagon Site Map Generator for WordPress

How to Get Dagon Site Map Generator to Work

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If you run a WordPress blog or website, you should know about the Dagon Site Map Generator plugin. Dagon will make your website development easier, help people find content on your website faster, and if you plan on building a site map by hand, this plugin will save you countless hours.

Although the plugin does some wonderful things, using it can be confusing and the developer's site is a little cluttered, so here are tips to help you get the most out of Dagon.

What The Dagon Site Map Generator Does

This plugin automatically creates a site map for people for your website. It does not create a site map for robots and crawlers. A site map is generated by the plugin and displayed on a page (you create) showing all the pages and/or posts titles on your site with a link to each one.

Customizing Options in Dagon Site Map

After you install and activate the Dagon on your WordPress site, you need to select the options best for your site. They can be found in your WordPress dashboard under, "DDSitemapGen."

Websites Should Show Pages and Posts Alphabetically: If you are using WP for a website, I recommend choosing the options to show both pages and posts, with pages appearing first in alphabetical order.

Blogs Are Different: If you are using WP strictly as a blog, even if you already have an archives list showing somewhere on your blog, your site map will serve you better showing posts by date instead of alphabetically.

Forget "Next" and "Previous": If you have a large site (more than 50 pages) I also suggest choosing the option to show page 1, 2, 3, etc. at the top and bottom of the pages instead of the "Next" and "Previous" links. This allows people to skip around if your site is large. It is frustrating to have to keep clicking "Next" and most people won't do it.

Number of Items Per Page: The default setting on Dagon is to show 50 items per page -- change this to 75 or 100; people will find information faster on your site map this way.

Dagon Site Map Not Showing? How to Get the Dagon Site Map to Show Results on a Page

Once you have selected the options you want to customize your site map, save them. Then you need to create a page (I name all mine "Site Map") and put in an HTML comment to trigger the generation of the site map.

<!-- ddsitemapgen -->

Save and View: Now, save the WordPress page. Select "View Page" to make sure the site map is working properly.

Note: You can also add text or an image to the sitemap page, but remember, it will show on all the site map pages, not just the first.

Be sure to offer a link to the page somewhere on the site either in the sidebar, main navigation, or the footer.

Each time you add a page or post, or change the name of an existing page or post, this site map generator will automatically update for you.

Tips On Getting The Most From The Dagon Plugin

It is not recommended that you check the option to open links in a new browser window. This is annoying to your visitors. It is best to have all links open in the same browser page.

Use It To Create A Site Outline: If you want to create a site map by hand, use the Dagon site map generator to create a list of everything on your site. View the page in a web browser and cut and past the links into an HTML editor and delete and customize to your heart's content then simply cut and paste your manual site map back into WordPress. This will save you countless hours hunting down links.

Cons

A few cons about the plugin:

  • Displays Only The Exact Titles: The links will only display the exact page/post titles. If your titles are ambiguous it may confuse people as to what the page/post is about.
  • "Canned Look:" The page display does look auto-generated. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, if you want to customize the look beyond the plugin options, you will have to know how to edit the code in the plugin itself.
  • Not SEO-Friendly: You cannot add titles and "alt" tags to the hyperlinks. This makes them less search engine friendly.

Summary

All websites should have at least two site maps: one for robot crawlers and one for humans. Creating a manual site map is typically done when a website is completed and can take hours or even days, and, it is easy to miss important links. This plugin can be used to instantly create a comprehensive human site map to display, or as a tool to create an outline of all pages and posts are your site that will reduce the risk of missed links and speed up the process of manually creating a site map.

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