I have created a template that outputs my XML Sitemap dynamically (via Channel entry loop). Currently, it's in commmon/sitemap.xml. How do I tell EE that whenever http://somedomain.com/sitemap.xml is accessed, it should output commmon/sitemap.xml?

  • While trying to solve the same problem, I did some research and found it was unnecessary, at least with respect to Google support. Not only is it okay to put a sitemap in a subdomain, you can put it at an entirely different URL. May 12, 2015 at 21:48

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You need to ensure your index.php rewrite happens after the rewrite to the template group.

RewriteCond $1 ^(sitemap_index\.xml|sitemap\.xml|product-feed\.xml) [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /common/$1 [L]
RewriteCond $1 !^(images|themes|robots\.txt|index\.php|admin\.php) [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php/$1 [L]

For certain builds with strict 404's and using Structure, I've had to create a page in Structure to keep it happy, but otherwise it should rewrite fine.


I've used resource router by Sanchez. I expect you could do something similar with EE template routes too.

Alternatively, you could look at modifying your htaccess rules.

  • I'm not sure how resource router can help as it seems to require the template group name. What's the template group name of root? I've tried this rewrite rule: RewriteRule ^/?sitemap\.xml$ /common/sitemap.xml [L], but it doesn't work because I think it expects "/common/sitemap.xml" to be a "real" file. May 12, 2015 at 2:31
  • Remove the 2nd .xml part from your htacess. May 12, 2015 at 2:38
  • Why? If I go to http://domain.com/common/sitemap.xml, I get to the template. However, if I go to http://domain.com/common/sitemap/, I get nothing. May 18, 2015 at 19:49

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