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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I install PHP Sitemap Generator script?

You can find a complete, detailed step-by-step guide on installing of Standalone generator script here:
Installation Guide

Is there a shorter version of installation guide?

Yes! Please check this Installation in easier words topic on our forum, and then go through the Configuring in easier words topic as well.
Additionally, we offer the Installation Service if you need help with performing the steps above.

I see the "There was an error while retrieving the URL specified" message

Please try to define your server IP address in "Advanced settings" configuration section.
Alternatively, please try to toggle "Use CURL library" setting in generator configuration.
If it's still not working, probably there is a configuration problem and your server doesn't allow local network connections (from the same server where your website is hosted) via port 80 (http) or 443 (https) - as a result sitemap generator is not able to crawl the site. This is usually related to firewall installed at the host and you would need to contact your hosting support regarding this.

I get the "Fatal error: Allowed memory size of XX bytes exhausted" message

You need to either:
  • increase the memory_limit setting in php.ini
  • limit the number of pages included in sitemap at Configuration page
  • exclude a part of you pages from indexing with "Do not parse URLs" option
  • Also disabling the "HTML sitemap generation" and "Changelog calculation" reduces the memory usage a bit.

How long it will take to crawl my large website?

The speed of the sitemap generator script depends MAINLY on the speed of the site being crawled. i.e., if your site creates the page in 5 seconds (including network conection times), then generator *cannot* process it earlier than it is received. So, faster sites are crawled faster. A few examples of the sitemap generation time for of big db-driven websites:
about 35,000 URLs indexed - 1h 40min total generation time
about 200,000 URLs indexed - 38hours total generation time
You can try to reduce the total number of pages by using "Do not parse URLs" and "Exclude URLs" options (try eliminating less important/duplicate content).

Is there a demo or trial version of PHP XML Sitemap Generator?

Yes! We are maintaining the demo instance of Standalone PHP XML Sitemap Generator here: Demo Instance of PHP Sitemap Generator
Also, you can download the TRIAL version of Sitemap generator script here: Download Limited Trial Sitemap Generator.

I forgot the login/password for sitemap generator, what can I do?

You can reset password by manually modifying generator/data/generator.conf file: find:
<option name="xs_login">........</option>
<option name="xs_password">.........</option>
and empty those settings:
<option name="xs_login"></option>
<option name="xs_password"></option>

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