Plugin Author: Auctollo
WordPress profile: Auctollo
Last updated: February 9, 2024 (2 weeks ago)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 6.4.3
Rating: 5 (out of 5)
Generate XML, HTML, RSS sitemaps for your website with ease using the XML Sitemap Generator for Google. This plugin enables you to improve your SEO rankings by creating page, news, video, HTML, and RSS sitemaps. It also supports custom post types and taxonomies, allowing you to ensure that all of your content is being indexed by search engines. With a user-friendly interface, you can easily configure the plugin to suit your needs and generate sitemaps in just a few clicks. Keep your website up-to-date and make sure that search engines are aware of all of your content by using the XML Sitemap Generator for Google.
The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
Supported for more than a decade and rated among the best, it will do exactly what it’s supposed to do – providing a complete XML sitemap for search engines!
If you like the plugin, feel free to rate it! 🙂
Good news, this plugin is free for everyone! Since it’s released under the GPL, you can use it free of charge on your personal or commercial site.
The plugin comes with various translations, please refer to the WordPress Codex for more information about activating the translation. If you want to help to translate the plugin to your language, please have a look at the sitemap.pot file which contains all definitions and may be used with a gettext editor like Poedit (Windows).
To generate a sitemap for your website, follow these steps:
- Install and activate the XML Sitemap Generator for Google plugin on your WordPress site.
- Once activated, the plugin will automatically generate a sitemap.xml file for your website.
- You can access the sitemap by appending
/sitemap.xmlto your website’s URL (e.g., https://example.com/sitemap.xml).
- Submit your sitemap to search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex, and Baidu to ensure that your site is indexed and crawled properly.
- Go to the Google Search Console and sign in with your Google account.
- Click on the “Sitemaps” tab and enter the URL of your sitemap.xml file (e.g., https://example.com/sitemap.xml).
- Click on “Submit” to submit your sitemap to Google.
- Repeat the process for other search engines like Bing, Yandex, and Baidu.
It’s recommended that you update your sitemap whenever you make significant changes to your website’s content or structure. This will ensure that search engines are aware of any new pages or changes to existing pages on your site.
The XML Sitemap Generator for Google plugin can generate sitemaps in XML, HTML, RSS formats and in various types, including: Pages/Posts, Google News, Video, Image, Mobile, and more! Note: Some formats and types are only available to subscribers.
Yes, you can include images and videos in your sitemap using the Google XML Sitemap Generator plugin. This will help search engines like Google and Bing to crawl and index your media files more efficiently.
The XML Sitemap Generator for Google plugin is compatible with WooCommerce and can generate sitemaps for your online store’s product pages, categories, and tags. This will help search engines to index your products and improve your store’s visibility in search results.
Yes, you can customize the robots.txt file using the Google XML Sitemap Generator for Google plugin. This will allow you to control which pages and directories search engines can crawl and index on your site.
Yes, the XML Sitemap Generator for Google plugin is compatible with the Google Site Kit. This will allow you to track your site’s performance in Google Search Console and Google Analytics directly from your WordPress dashboard.
Yes, the XML Sitemap Generator for Google plugin supports schema markup, which can help improve your site’s visibility in search results by providing more information about your content to search engines.
It is under Settings > XML-Sitemap. I know nowadays many plugins add top-level menu items, but in most of the cases it is just not necessary. I’ve seen WP installations which looked like an Internet Explorer ten years ago with 20 toolbars installed. 😉
Not anymore. Since version 4, these files are dynamically generated just like any other WordPress content.
Please disable automatic priority calculation and define a static priority for posts.
No, only if you want to. Default values are ok for most sites.
Please post your question at the WordPress support forum.
Plugin options page
Sample XML sitemap (with a stylesheet for making it readable)
Sample XML sitemap (without stylesheet)
Latest Change log entry:
- Fixed “Links per page” bug causing sitemaps to not include all posts depending on the setting. Following Search Engine guidance is minimum links per sitemap is 1,000 pages.
- Fixed Google Search Console errors including “Fetch error” and “noindex” header
- Fixed the issue with “null” sitemaps
- Fixed sitemap generation for tags, categories, etc for large sites
- Improved performance by optimizing queries
- Improved IndexNow implementation
- Added WordPress’ sitemap to the list of detected sitemaps for deactivation
google sitemaps, indexnow, seo, sitemap, xml sitemap
+ Jason's Comments
I install this plugin as soon as the website is ready to publish to notify search engines.
Alternatively, All in One SEO Pack now includes an XML sitemap module.
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