Using a Google Site Map in OpenCart 1.5

OpenCart makes it easy for you to add a Google Site Map to your OpenCart store. You will already need to have a Google Webmaster Tools account set up. If you are unfamiliar with Webmaster Tools, please see our article. To retrieve the URL to your Google site map, you must first log into the OpenCart Dashboard.

  1. Log into your OpenCart Dashboard
  2. Go to Extensions > Product Feeds
  3. Click on “Install” next to the “Google Site Map” product feed name
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  5. Click “Edit” and then change the status to “Enabled
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  7. Copy the “Data Feed URL” and click “Save
  8. Now log into your Google Webmaster Tools account
  9. Choose the site you have set up for your shopping cart in Webmaster Tools
  10. Click on “Site Configuration” in the left menu pane and then select “Sitemaps
  11. Select the “Submit a Sitemap” button
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  13. Paste the Google Site Map URL in the box. Be sure to remove the first part of the URL or it will not work. And Click “Submit Sitemap
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Carrie Smaha
Carrie Smaha Senior Manager Marketing Operations

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27 thoughts on “Using a Google Site Map in OpenCart 1.5

  1. Hi All,

    Can anyone please tell me or at least create a post on how to manually edit the content of sitemap.xml file created with Google Sitemap extension? Currently, our extension is including non-existent images files in the sitemap.xml file. It is causing Invalid URL error with the following description:”This is not a valid URL. Please correct it and resubmit.”

  2. sir i have submited my sitemap but it shows a error tha “Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead”

    what to do now

    1. Ensure you are using the version of the extension that is compatible with your specific version of OpenCart.

      Also, check that your sitemap is accessible to the world, so Google can access it.

      Thank you,

  3. hello!

    i’ve tried to enable google sitemap feed…it is still disabled…it cant be enabled…how can i change the status?

    1. Hello Magnus,

      You should be able to build/update a site map in Google, then submit as per the article above. If you continue to have problems please provide more details on what you’e doing so that we investigate it in more depth.

      If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

      Arnel C.

  4. i am daily update my site in post new product in my site using open cart , my question is when i finsh my update of the day i need to update in google or not


  5. @TJEdens yes, I have used the same method as you described here, you can check this error may u know why I have this error ? Thank you

  6. This page contains the following errors:

    error on line 1 at column 144728: EntityRef: expecting ‘;’

    Below is a rendering of the page up to the first error.

    This is the error that appears on my sitemap based on opencart 1.5.6

    1. Hello Andrei,

      Are you sure that you followed the steps in the guide perfectly as I just did the same steps and I did not receive the same error. An you provide the url for us to replicate the same error?

      Best Regards,
      TJ Edens

  7. Hi, i did your tutorial yet get this error in google webtools sitemap submission status error: General HTTP error: 404 not found

    HTTP Error: 404
    Not sure why is that
    1. Hello Ska,

      I’m not sure what URL you’re trying to look at. Can you please provide that specific URL where you get the error in order for us to investigate? Remember that the URLs used in the tutorial are example URLs – and you should replace them with YOUR URL when you’re trying to follow the tutorial.

      Arnel C.

  8. it seems I have an error in the sitemap as the htaccess is set correctly. how can i correct the errors in the sitemap? thanks a lot!

    1. Hello Kathy,

      Thanks for the question. Basically, you would need to re-submit the sitemap to Google. Check out this article (from Google). It describes how to fix the errors.

      If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

      Arnel C.

  9. Thanks for the post, but for some reason it is not working for me. I did what you wrote but google says it is not readable. What could be the problem? Thanks!

    1. Hello Kathy,

      Do you see any crawl errors that we can go off of? I found a self-diagnose article from googles threads. Please look through it and see if it helps.

      Best Regards,
      TJ Edens

    1. Hello Vimal,

      Thank you for your question about sitemap priority. We are happy to assist you, but I am not exactly sure what you are asking.

      Since the sitemap is just a “map” of your existing site, you would have to change the structure of the site to adjust how the sitemap is structured.

      If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

      Thank you,

  10. Wow thanks alot! I was struggeling finding the rigt way to get my sitemap indexed by
    Google. I tried alot of free extensions but they dident do the job. But now finally my site gets indexed for steigerhout kopen.

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