How to Create an XML Sitemap in WordPress

WordPress Sitemap

A sitemap is really important. Google also recommends every website have a sitemap for better indexing. A sitemap is a small XML file that contains data of each URL of your website. Google or any other search engine scan sitemap, fetch all the URLs added to the sitemap, and index. Adding a sitemap may improve your website’s visibility in search. This is the reason all the SEO guys recommend having a sitemap on your website. If your website is built on WordPress, there are multiple ways you can create a sitemap. In this detailed guide, I will explain how you can create an XML sitemap in WordPress.

How to Create an XML Sitemap

There are several plugins that create an XML sitemap. So, you do not need to put much efforts. Most of the good XML sitemap plugins are free to download and use. Let’s talk about a few good XML sitemap plutons.

Yoast

Yoast isn’t exactly a sitemap plugin. Most people know it as a good SEO plugin. I personally use Yoast plugin for on-page SEO of my blog. Another advent of Yoast is its buult-in sitemap generates tool. This plugin automatically generates an XML sitemap of your website.

If you have the Yoast plugin installed, go to SEO > General on your WordPress left sidebar. Now in the Features tab, find the toggle for XML sitemaps.

XML Sitemap in WordPress

To see the sitemap of your website, click on the question mark next to the label saying “XML sitemap.” Click on the link “See the XML sitemap.”

Similarly, other SEO plugins like RankMath and AISSEO also offer built-in sitemap generators. These plugins are plaid, so I am not going into details. If you use any other paid or free SEO plugin, make sure to check all the options it has. Most SEO plugins offer the sitemap generator tool.

XML Sitemaps

XML Sitemaps is an old plugin for creating a sitemap in WordPress. I previously wrote a dedicated article on this plugin. The plugin is extremely popular and lets users create a sitemap. Once installed, it adds a dedicated section in the dashboard. Go to Settings > XML-Sitemap to access the plugin options.

XML Sitemap WordPress

You will several options to customize the sitemap. There is also an option to automatically notify search engines like Bing or Google when it adds a new URL into the sitemap. You can also exclude a post or page from the sitemap if you want.

This plugin is free to download and use on your personal or commercial site.

Download Plugin

Can you create an XML Sitemap without a plugin?

If you do not want to sue a plugin, you can manually crate a sitemap using the online tools or any other script. Then you can upload it to your website’s root using CPanel or FTP/SFTP.

Here are some online tools for creating sitemaps

  • XML-Sitemaps.com
  • Sitemaps.org

The issue with this method is that you need to create a new sitemap each time you publish a new blog post and upload the new sitemap. So, it isn’t the recommended way. If you are using the plugin, you don’t need to think about updating sitemaps.

How to submit sitemap to search engine?

Robotx.txt

Once you have created the sitemap of your website, it is also your responsibility to submit it to search engines. This is a one-time process to tell Google the URL of your website’s sitemap.

First of all, add it to your website’s robots.txt file. All major search engines follow Robots.txt file.

Simply add this line in Robots.txt file.

Sitemap: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml

Replace example.com with your own domain.

Robots.txt can be founded in the root of your website. If there is no Robots.txt file in the root directory, Create one.

Submit to Google via Google Search Console

Signup on Google Search Console using your existing Google account, create a property of your website and verify your domain. After this, you cna submit your sitemap. Search Console is a nice tool that Google use to communicate and tell if there’s an issue with your website.

Submit to Bing using Bing’s Webmasters tools

Bing also has Webmasters tools where website owners can verify their website and submit Sitemaps. You need to first sign up and verify the domain to confirm you are the owner. Bing Webmaster Tools is similar to Google Search Console.

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Deepanker Verma is the founder of Techlomedia. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.


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