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Shoukrey Tom
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Add Sitemap to Your Django Site

you can jump to step 4 if you want to test it with your existing project


1- Intorduction
2- Environment Setup
3- Project Setup
4- Add Sitemap


A sitemap tells search engines which pages and files you think are important in your site and also provides valuable information about these files.
it helps search engines to crawl your website quickly.

Environment Setup

  • create your virtual environment or use an existing one: python -m venv env
  • activate your virtual environment source env/bin/activate
  • install Django pip install django

Project Setup

  • create new folder mkdir django-add-sitemap && cd django-add-sitemap
  • create new project django-admin startproject config .
  • create new app python startapp blog and add it to INSTALLED_APPS
  • edit blog/ and paste these code in it:
from django.db import models
from django.urls import reverse

class Post(models.Model):
    STATUS_CHOICES = [('published', 'Published'), ('draft', 'Draft')]
    title = models.CharField(max_length=250)
    content = models.TextField()
    created = models.DateTimeField(auto_now_add=True)
    updated = models.DateTimeField(auto_now=True)
    status = models.CharField(max_length=12, choices=STATUS_CHOICES, default='draft')

    def __str__(self):
        return self.title

    def get_absolute_url(self):
        return reverse('post-detail', kwargs={'slug': self.slug})

@receiver(post_save, sender=Post)
def save_slug(sender, instance=None, created=False, **kwargs):
    if created:
        instance.slug = slugify(instance.title)
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  • run python makemigrations then python migrate and don't forget to create a superuser python createsuperuser
  • add Post to and add some data for testing later.

Add Sitemap

  • first add django.contrib.sitemaps to INSTALLED_APPS
  • create blog/ then paste this code to it:
from django.contrib import sitemaps
from .models import Post

class PostSitemap(sitemaps.Sitemap):
    changefreq = "weakly"
    priority = 0.8

    def items(self):
        return Post.objects.filter(status='published')

    def lastmod(self, obj):
        return obj.updated
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changefreq this attribute is used to tell how frequently your site is changing. other values are ["always", "hourly", "daily", "monthly", "yearly", "never"].
you can override default location method if have you don't have get_absolute_url in your model.

  • finally, map the URL for the sitemaps in the config/ or blog/ file.
# config/
from django.contrib.sitemaps.views import sitemap
from blog.sitemaps import PostSitemap

sitemaps = {
    "posts": PostSitemap,

urlpatterns = [
    path("sitemap.xml", sitemap, {"sitemaps": sitemaps}, name="sitemap"),
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here is how it looks like in a browser:

source code is upload to github:

for more information check this:

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