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  • Will Zoom index links in an xml sitemap file?

    On our asp site we have dynamic menus that read an xml file to build navigation. Will Zoom index the xml file if each navigation node includes an URL element such as this:
    <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.les.com/legal_notice.htm</loc>
    <changefreq>monthly</changefreq>
    </url>
    </urlset>

    Or perhaps just a text list of links like; <a href='http://www.les.com/legal_notice.htm'>legal notice</a> ?

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    Zoom does not currently crawl XML sitemaps for links. But it can generate XML sitemaps from sites that it has crawled.

    And yes, Zoom will crawl HTML links, be they like <a href="http://mysite.com/">link</a> or IFRAMEs, or embeds, img tags, etc. It can also try to look for URLs within JavaScript code.
    --Ray
    Wrensoft Web Software
    Sydney, Australia
    Zoom Search Engine

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    • #3
      Update: From Zoom version 7.1.1018 on Windows, 3rd party XML sitemaps can be read and the links in the sitemap file followed.

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      • #4
        Sorry if I'm missing something obvious, but how can you instruct Zoom Search to crawl XML sitemaps and index the URLs within?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by corykleinschmidt View Post
          Sorry if I'm missing something obvious, but how can you instruct Zoom Search to crawl XML sitemaps and index the URLs within?
          You can add .xml extension to the list of file extensions to scan under Configure->Scan options. When Zoom encounters an XML file, it will parse for links in the file.

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