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    Thanks to Barbara, here is current workaround:
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    TO ADD A SITEMAP.XML to a WA SITE:
    Create a new folder under file mangement called sitemap.
    Then upload your site map to this folder.
    Sumbit your site map to Google, it will look something like this yoursite.com/resources/sitemap/sitemap.xml

    A good place for free google sitemaps is:
    xml-sitemaps.com

    Cedric Volk commented  · 

    I can see the argument: Most Wild Apricot sites are basic sites (like mine) and are generally used in context of a small club environment where users may already know each other personally. So in that way, the website is just a tool to disseminate information to people who already belong to the group - right?

    In contrast, however, our site (myvillageoc.com) is not a only a hub for people already in the know - it is a tool that we use to capture new members, to attract new business. I would say that any organization - from non-profits to lots-of-profits-please have a constant need to infuse fresh blood and fresh cash into its efforts. The Red Cross, for example, can't exist without new donors daily.

    The XML Sitemap function contributes to the effort of being found. I imagine our Wild Apricot websites each as skyscraper office-buildings with thousands of suites inside; each with a gem of service or information inside. I picture the lobby of this building being visited by an outsider and to their dismay, they find neither office directory nor map to help them to the service or information that they need.

    In this vision our sites are the buildings, the visitor the search engine crawlers. I ask the development team at Wild Apricot if they've ever found themselves in an everyday situation like this: standing on a train platform or at a bus stop trying to get somewhere but nary a schedule or route plan to be found. In that moment, wouldn't you go straight to your mobile device and Google the solution to your problem inside of two minutes?

    If the train or bus service made their sites invisible to search engines, you might not get an answer on the time for the next voyage - or perhaps the more important message that the station you're at has been removed from all route plans; the train will never come.

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