Web hosting provider Hostway will begin rolling out a feature which lets its 1.5 million customers develop sitemaps and submit them directly to major search engines.
Through an integration with AutomaticSiteMaps, Hostway is enabling its customers to ensure that Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Ask.com have up-to-date, page-by-page information about their site. Hostway is the first Web hosting provider to integrate this new direct XML Sitemap submission technology. Hostway customers will be able to manage their AutomaticSiteMap service (including optional expanded service levels) from within their Web hosting control panel.
“This is the only system we found that can handle Web site submission on a massive scale to boost search engine rankings for all our customers. AutomaticSiteMap is an exact fit with the other technologies and services we provide to help our customers make more money online,” said John Lee, Hostway's senior vice president of small business hosting. “AutomaticSiteMap's turnkey system is directly integrated into our control panel and automatically delivered to our customers so that they can increase search traffic without taking any additional action."
While it's certainly neccessary to submit you sitemap to the search engines, I worry that should a customer change their hosting company they might lose access to their sitemap (especially since the system is "directly integrated" with Hostway's control panel). Perhaps someone from either company will clarify.