Sometimes incorrectly referred to as a 'Google Sitemap' since Google was the first to popularize this, it provides a direct route for search engines to find all the pages on a site without having to spider the site (following all links). On a large site in particular, it can help notify Google of new pages. It doesn't really help in rankings at all, it's purely a method of discovery, so smaller sites or sites where the content does not change regularly will get less benefit.

Versions 1.4 and earlier created the file in a 'temp' directory, but the file really needs to be in the root of the site to have an effect (as sitemaps can only cover pages below themselves), so would need to be copied across. Kartris v2 creates the file in the root of the site itself, though this will require write permissions there.

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