This is an implementation of sitemaps with news specific tags as defined by Google's News Sitemaps specification. It is just regular Django sitemaps with a couple other tags added in specifically for news publications.
For starters, just place news_sitemaps into your INSTALLED_APPS and then you can load the default urlconf like so:
urlpatterns = patterns('', (r'^admin/', include(admin.site.urls)), ... (r'^news-sitemaps/', include('news_sitemaps.urls')), )
This will create a /news-sitemaps/index.xml which is a sitemap index of all available sitemaps which will appear by section at urls like /news-sitemaps/<section>.xml (more on this later)
Three new settings are defined to control content of your news sitemaps
The proper name of the news publication. It must exactly match the name as it appears on your articles in news.google.com, omitting any trailing parentheticals. By default it is "The Example Times" so please set this.
The language code of your publication. It should be an ISO 639 Language Code (either 2 or 3 letters). Defaults to Django's LANGUAGE_CODE setting.
The timezone suffix for your news publication. Defaults to "-5:00" (America/Eastern)
To add your own news sitemaps you must register them with the app first. Here is a quick and dirty example of creating a news sitemap for Django's Comments:
from news_sitemaps import register, NewsSitemap from django.contrib.comments.models import Comment class CommentSitemap(NewsSitemap): limit = 5000 def items(self): return Comment.objects.filter(is_public=True,is_removed=False) def lastmod(self, obj): return obj.submit_date def genres(self, obj): return 'UserGenerated, Opinion' register(comments=CommentSitemap)
Then the comments sitemap will appear on your index sitemap and you will be able to access the actual sitemap at /news-sitemaps/comments.xml.
Notice the genres method. There are a few new methods in addition to the normal Sitemap methods which are news specific. They are: title, access, keywords, stock_tickers, and genres. Please refer to Google's News Sitemaps specification for more info on how to use them correctly.