How to Create a Multi-Lingual Sitemap with OSMap

  • Do you have a multi-lingual Joomla website?
  • Do you want to improve your site's SEO?

If both answers are yes, you're in the right place.

In this tutorial we will show you how to create XML sitemaps for a multi-lingual site using OSMap. Each of them will help Google find and index each language site.

Step #1. Install and setup OSMap

Step #2. Get URLs of your XML sitemap for each language

  • Once you installed OSMap on your Joomla site, it will create the "Default" sitemap. Go to "Components" > "OSMap" > "Sitemap".
  • You will be taken to the "OSMap Free (or Pro): Sitemaps" screen. Click the XML link for each language. For our example, we will click on the XML for the Russian language:

click xml for russian language

  • It will open up an XML sitemap for the Russian language:

xml sitemap for russian language

  • Your sitemap URL will look as follows:
  • To get the sitemap for other languages replace "ru" in the URL with the two-letter code of your language. For example, replace "ru" with "en" to get the Spanish language XML sitemap.
  • Repeat the process for other languages you installed on your Joomla site.

#3. Submit the sitemap URLs 

For this demonstration, let's submit our XML sitemaps of the English and Russian languages to Google.

  • Go to Google Search Console.
  • On the left panel, click Sitemaps.
  • Submit URLs of both XML sitemaps one by one. You should see the screen similar to the one shown below:

language xml sitemaps submitted

Note: all the content such as menu items, articles, contacts, etc. must be assigned to a specific language. If you have content assigned to all languages, those links will appear in all your sitemaps.