- An auto-generated site map will show pages I don’t want to be indexed
- I only have FTP access to the site and I don’t have an execute style rights to the site
- I tend to work on a local site and the publish all the changes to the live site in one go, this should include the site map
- I’ve got "sub sites" that are not linked from my default page that I wish to include in the index – not easy for web crawlers to detect.
With these problems in mind I’ve set about writing a little Windows utility that you can point to your local site and generate an editable site map (see GoogleSiteMap picture). I’ve got a little bit of tidying up to do, but if anyone wants a copy then please post and I’ll see if it I can post the installer somewhere. It seems to work well and includes a "validate" button, so if you do make some changes to the XML you can test to ensure that you’ve not broken the schema.