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Theme customization: how to add search queries to KVS sitemap


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General sitemap structure in KVS

KVS renders sitemap dynamically as a typical web page configured to produce XML format instead of HTML. You can find sitemap page in Website UI -> Pages -> [system] Sitemap:

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Due to specific sitemap structure limitations on the number of links, KVS breaks down sitemap into several sitemap indexes, rendering different entities:

  • Videos
  • Albums
  • Playlists
  • Tags
  • Models
  • Categories
  • Sponsors
  • Channels

Sitemap indexes that can potentially generate more than 50k links are additionally broken down into paginated sitemaps. That's why sitemap page renders 2 blocks for some object types (videos, albums, playlists, models, tags): one block is for listing all pages (e.g. Sitemaps Videos), another block is for listing all objects per page (e.g. Links to Videos).

For categories, sponsors and channels KVS considers that their amount is small, so they are rendered as single lists.

 

Adding search queries into sitemap

Since the number of search queries is potentially unlimited, you should consider adding them as 2 blocks similar to models.

 

1) Open Sitemap page for editing and add the following 2 blocks into it:

{{insert name="getBlock" block_id="search_results" block_name="Sitemaps Search Queries"}}
 
{{elseif $smarty.request.type=='search'}}
   {{insert name="getBlock" block_id="search_results" block_name="Links To Search Queries"}}

Here are the highlighted locations where to add these blocks as their position is quite important:

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2) Save page editor. After saving you can see that 2 new blocks were added to page structure with default settings:

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3) Open Sitemaps Search Queries block for editing. Set its template to the following code:

{{section start=1 loop=$nav.page_total+1 name=pages}}
<sitemap>
   <loc>{{$lang.urls.sitemap}}?type=search&amp;from_links_search={{$smarty.section.pages.index}}</loc>
   <lastmod>{{$smarty.now|date_format:"%Y-%m-%d"}}</lastmod>
</sitemap>
{{/section}}

Set Cache lifetime (s) to 86400.

Set the following parameter values:

  • items_per_page = 500
  • var_from = from_sitemaps_search
  • sort_by = Query text Desc

Save this block editor.

 

4) Open Links To Search Queries block for editing. Set its template to the following code:

<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">
{{foreach item=item from=$data}}
{{assign var="query" value=$item.query|replace:"-":"[dash]"|replace:"&":"%26"|replace:"?":"%3F"|replace:"/":"%2F"|replace:" ":"-"|replace:"[dash]":"--"|rawurlencode}}
   <url>
       <loc>{{$lang.urls.search_query|replace:"%QUERY%":$query}}</loc>
       <lastmod>{{$smarty.now|date_format:"%Y-%m-%d"}}</lastmod>
       <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
       <priority>0.6</priority>
   </url>
{{/foreach}}
</urlset>

Set Cache lifetime (s) to 86400.

Set the following parameter values:

  • items_per_page = 500
  • var_from = from_links_search
  • sort_by = Query text Desc

Save this block editor.

 

5) Now you should have a fully working search sitemap inside your main sitemap index. Try opening your sitemap and look for "search" keyword:

http://domain.com/sitemap.php

 

If your database has search queries, you should see something like this in your sitemap:

http://domain.com/sitemap/?type=search&from_links_search=1
http://domain.com/sitemap/?type=search&from_links_search=2
....
 
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