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Rules of creating sitemap defines the standard protocol. There are four compulsory elements. The sitemap must:

  • Begin with an opening tag and end with a closing tag.
  • Specify the namespace within the tag. The namespace is the protocol or set of rules you are using and its URL is preceded by “xmlns” to indicate it is an XML namespace.
  • Include a entry for each URL, as a parent XML tag (the top level or trunk in your site’s “family tree”).
  • Include a child entry for each parent tag (at least one branch for each trunk).
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