Sitemap is a organised structure of all webpage links in a single document, sitemap helps user and search engines to navigate the through all pages easily, so there can be different format sitemap, but xml sitemap is most important for any website, because sitemap.xml file is submitted to all search engine for crawling the website. Sitemap is very important for SEO.
XML sitemap is designed for search engines, you need to submit this particular file to all search engines like Google, Bing etc.
Here is the right format for xml sitemap , you need to add all your urls in following format.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset> <url> <loc>https://www.webtrainingroom.com</loc> <lastmod>2019-08-14T17:47:09+00:00</lastmod> <priority>1.00</priority> </url> </urlset>
There are many free sitemap generator tools , but my favourite is xml-sitemaps free sitemap generator for up to 500 urls, if your website is big you can go for paid their paid service.
Here is how i generated my website sitemap files
Once you have created sitemap for your website, upload the file in root of your website, then you need to login to your Google webmaster console panel, click on sitemap like on left navigation , then set the sitemap file name, (ideally should be sitemap.xml).
Similarly you can submit your sitemap to Bing webmaster tool from your Bing console panel.
Now as I said sitemap is not only for search engine, but also important for your site users visiting your website, someone may would like to see all important links in one page, then can navigate wherever they want, for example see at below i have put up all my important links under different categories, so for any user can find them quickly.
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Website sitemap helps search engine to index your pages and scrawl them regularly, also website user can find things in organized way.