Sitemap XML tags and their settingsI’ve already mentioned that along with website URLs, an XML sitemap features various tags that specify page parameters. <urlset> is a mandatory element that encapsulates a sitemap and indicates which version of the XML Sitemap protocol standard is used (via the xmlns attribute). How to create an XML sitemap fileWe’ve finally reached the most practical section of our post; now let’s look at some of the most common approaches to creating a sitemap. Keeping your XML sitemap up-to-date can really be a daunting task if you choose to create a static sitemap. Then, you can create a sitemap index file that lists these smaller sitemaps and submit the index file to Google.