Discourse Sitemap

Ok, our Sitemap plugin is finished.

There has been some discussion over the need of a sitemap, and I think Discourse doesn’t really need one, although I do believe that a forum might be indexed a bit faster with one.

Anyway, we created this plugin because of a customer that needed a sitemap for Google News, and this trick didn’t work because they were using Amazon S3 to store their uploads (which broke the same domain requirement)

Your can find our plugin at https://github.com/discoursehosting/discourse-sitemap

It has been superceded with GitHub - discourse/discourse-sitemap: Generate XML sitemap for your Discourse forum.

Just enable it using the site setting in the Plugins menu, and you will get

  • /sitemap.xml
  • /news.xml
  • A Sitemap line in robots.txt

Do you need a sitemap?

No. You do not necessarily “need” a sitemap.xml file.

TL;DR You can get faster indexing with a sitemap, but it doesn’t necessarily make for better SEO.

If you have a very large site, this may benefit you by allowing for faster page indexing.

Ideas for improvements:

Let me know if you have any issues or ideas!