I found it very useful for static web sites. It has only a couple bugs, eg: when you change the site you're working on DW you have to select the correct path for your file, but seems that George is working hard on these bugs.
I think it's a pretty aproach to a error-free extension (maybe we'll see it on 1.0.3?) and hope that maybe there will be a pro extension for dinamic sites soon.
Thanx for this one George!
The Google Sitemap Generator was easy to use and arrived just in time, thank you Mr. Petrov. It did a good job with the priorities. Wish this extension could be 'extended' to include additional xml data such as date files last changed, expected frequency of change, etc.
This extension follows relative links only, so if you have links referenced with http://www.yourdomain.com, these links are not followed or indexed.
Also, this extension follows dynamic links on a page, but gets confused when the characters / or & are in the querystring.
All in all, quite acceptable, but its result requires further fiddling.
I've used this extension with both MX 2004 and DW 8 (on Win XP Pro) and it works absolutely perfectly. Keep in mind, actually submitting the sitemap is a separate step you take with Google. If you are still using DW 4 or Ultradev, any problems are more likely due to Extension Manager issues which in those days, were not straightforward - you had to install the extension manager separately so be sure that's working right. Also, dynamically-generated URLS can't be spidered 'for the most part' - a sitemap mimics what the spider can actually crawl. This extension could actually serve as a good SEO tool in that respect.
Generator did not work properly for me. The last modified date year were all given as the year 1936. The months and days did not reflect correct modification dates.
I am using the Generator with Dreamweaver MX on a MacBook Pro.
This extension errs out on sites with Ajax. It will do database-driven sites, but only the pages linked to from the main page in the nav area - not links that are database content dependent. Google's webmaster page shows how to provide a much more detailed version, but it takes some hand-work.
After reading several of the reviews I was skeptical if this would create a successful sitemap correctly. From start to finish I was done in less than 5 minutes. I downloaded the software and ran the program. I then opened Dreamweaver and under Command was the Generate Google Sitemap. Once I clicked the link it indexed my 490 plus page wedding invitation site. Then I FTP the file. What a relief and thanks for this extension!
read the posts already here and was in 2 minds whether to give a try - and I was glad I did!! Worked without a challenge on the first site I tried it on. Downloaded, installed, run and uploaded the results within 2 minutes. Can't wait to see how it copes with my other much more complex CF sites.
Run on DW MX 2004, Win XP Pro SP 2
For anybody getting an "Access Denied" error message when trying to generate a new Google Sitemap: make sure your template/site does not use a href="/" to link back to the homepage of your site.
As soon as we changed our links in our sites to "index.htm (or whatever), the extension ran ok. Hope this helps.
What a great extension. I was really down because I could forsee a tedious couple of hours putting together by hand the Google sitemap for my site. Even taking into account the download, install and running of the extension it took less than 10 minutes to produce the sitemap. Boy does it produce it fast!
Works great but can i change the frequency tags ? , it seems to pick its own frequency sometimes hourly which goolgle may frown upon if i am actually not updating that often. Can i disable the frequency somehow.
This sitemap generator is not good enough at finding all the pages on my site which is only medium large (250 pages or so). I have to spend a lot of time manually inserting pages. The autodetection need to be improved.
Fantastic plugin! Usually plugins have bugs and points at which you have to question the programmer's understanding of people like me who just want to click and submit. Well... George Petrov is a superstar!!!!! He is one the rare people who write intuitively; knowing that once the page is created, you will want to save it to Dreamweaver, then submit it.... and he knows what search engines are out there....besides Google. This guy is a treasure.
Other people might have questions about the code...but for a guy like me, when something works this well, I give it a 10/10.
I downloaded this and had to 'noodle around' a bit before making it all work. NOTE: quit DW first, then activate download, then restart DW and then go to Commands and you'll see that you can generate a sitemap.
Sorry Esa, but you're doing something wrong. I've just loaded it into Dreamweaver CS4 on Intel iMac running 10.5.8 and it works perfectly. Make sure you instal the extension using extension manager from within Dreamweaver, then quit Dreamweaver and it should work without any problems. Brilliant solution - thanks!
I spent longer searching for a sitemap generator than I did installing this fantastic add-on. I came across a multitude of dodgy sites who wanted me to install files or code on my server, or tried to install malicious software (java exploits picked up very effectively by Microsoft Security Essentials). Which shows there is quality stuff for free.
Google Sitemap Generator intergrated easily with Dreamweaver CS5 and virtually automated the whole process. The app was well presented so I automatically trusted it, I'll go back now and verify the code but I trust everything will be good or I'll be back to review my five stars. Thanks for a great tool.
The extension worked well when site mapping another domain in my site. Not sure what is different here, except that there are 60,000 files in this domain. And setting the generator up to catalogue the files has been strangely tricky.
Dreamweaver Error Message:
I have just discovered an issue that appears to happen when the canonical meta tag is used on a page. The site map generator creates a link on the site map as http://www.mydomain.com/http://www.mydomain.com/
Can't install Googlesitemap201.mxp on MacBookPro OX10.64