Adobe RoboHelp 2015: Create a Sitemap

Adobe RoboHelp 2015: Create a Sitemap

RoboHelp 2015 patch 2 introduces a great feature for Responsive HTML5: sitemaps. A sitemap is a file with a list of all topics in your output. Search engines such as Google and Bing use the sitemap to determine which topics are available in your output, boosting findability of your content. If you want to make 1st place on Google, having a sitemap is essential. Without a sitemap, Google may not be able to index your entire output, skipping useful topics it can’t find.

  1. Open your RoboHelp project.
  2. Open the Outputs(SSL) pod. (Project > Pods > Outputs(SSL))
  3. Double click your Responsive HTML5 SSL to open the properties.
  4. Choose the Search option in the left menu.

Search settings

  1. Choose Generate XML Sitemap in the right side of the dialog.

Generate XML Sitemap settings

  1. In the field Base URL of the Help System, add the URL where your content will be hosted.

    Example: Your help will be hosted on http://example.com/help/<project name>.
    Type in the path without the project name, such as:
    http://example.com/help

    RoboHelp will add the Output Folder name of your output (from the Output Folder and Start Page field on the page General.
     

  2. Choose how often you content changes with the Content Change Frequency dropdown.
  3. Click Save and Generate to create your help.

Once you generate, RoboHelp will create the file sitemap.xml in your output. This file is the sitemap search engines may use. Provide this file to your webmaster or submit the sitemap to search engines to allow them to index your site. More on submitting a sitemap to a search engine next time!

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