In early 2005, Google introduced the XML sitemap protocol. The XML sitemap is a link list that’s used to help inform search engines about website structures.
The XML portion of the sitemap name refers to eXtensible Markup Language. To put it simply, XML is a consistent way to format information so that it’s easily understood by programs and devices.
XML sitemaps are automatically created for your Good Gallery website. And when you make changes to your site, your XML sitemap is instantly updated. This helps ensure that search engines are aware of every public page on your website.
Although some platforms include an XML sitemap feature, Good Gallery is the only website builders to also include image information in the XML sitemap.
Since we cater exclusively to photographers, we felt it was important to also include detailed photo information in our sitemaps to help search engines understand your content.
Menu systems were relatively crude on early websites. To help visitors quickly locate content, designers created a single content area that provided links to every page on a website. Those early link lists were called sitemaps.
As today’s menu systems are typically robust, few designers include visitor sitemaps that simply provide links to all available content. However, since search engines often use that kind of internal link information as a ranking factor, Good Gallery websites include detailed page sitemaps on every page featuring subpages.
For example, if you have a page called Portfolio and under that page you have 3 galleries called Weddings, Portraits, and Events, then Good Gallery automatically creates a sitemap on the Portfolio page to those three subpages—even though that Portfolio page isn’t directly linked in the main menu system.
This is yet another example of the extraordinary and innovative SEO features that are only present in Good Gallery.