OSMap: Removing Links From a Joomla Sitemap

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OSMap: Removing Links From a Joomla Sitemap

OSMap is the best and easiest way to create a Joomla sitemapJoomla sitemap.

When you install OSMap, it automatically creates a sitemap for you.

For more advanced users, it's possible to edit your sitemaps to include or exclude certain URLs. You may want to do this for visual purposes (you want a short and clean sitemap) or for SEO purposes (to exclude certain URLs from Google's index).

Remove links from the HTML Sitemap

The HTML sitemap is the visual version of the sitemap. This is for the benefit of your users.

  • Login to your Joomla site as a Super User.
  • Visit the HTML version of your sitemap (normally this is accessed via a menu link).
  • You will see a green check mark next to each link, as in the image below:
Links in a Joomla HTML sitemap
  • Click a green check mark to turn it into a red X. This means the link will not appear in your visual sitemap.
Removing links from a Joomla HTML sitemap

Remove links from the XML Sitemap

The XML sitemap is the technical version of the sitemap and is for the benefit of Google and other search engines.

  • Login to your Joomla site as a Super User.
  • Visit the XML version of your sitemap (normally this is accessed via the Joomla admin area for OSMap).
  • You will see a green check mark next to each link, as in the image below:
Links in a Joomla XML sitemap
  • Click a green check mark to turn it into a red X. This means the link will not appear in the sitemap that is sent to Google:
Removing links from a Joomla XML sitemap

About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.