Jul 262011
 
WordPress Plugin Name: XML Sitemap Generator for Google
Plugin URL:https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

Plugin Author: Auctollo
WordPress profile: Auctollo
Plugin version: 4.1.19
Last updated: April 10, 2024 (2 months ago)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 6.5.4
Downloaded: 0
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


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! 🙂

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License

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.

Translations

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).



FAQ


How do I generate a sitemap for my website?

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.xml to 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.

How do I submit my sitemap to search engines?

  • 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.

How often should I update my sitemap?

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.

What types of sitemaps does the plugin generate?

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.

Can I include images and videos in my sitemap?

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.

How does the plugin work with WooCommerce?

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.

Can I customize the robots.txt file using this plugin?

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.

Does this plugin support the Google Site Kit?

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.

Does this plugin support schema markup?

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.

Where can I find the options page of the plugin?

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. 😉

Does this plugin use static files or “I can’t find the sitemap.xml file!”

Not anymore. Since version 4, these files are dynamically generated just like any other WordPress content.

There are no comments yet (or I’ve disabled them) and all my postings have a priority of zero!

Please disable automatic priority calculation and define a static priority for posts.

So many configuration options… Do I need to change them?

No, only if you want to. Default values are ok for most sites.

My question isn’t answered here

Please post your question at the WordPress support forum.



Screenshots:


  1. Plugin options page

    Plugin options page

  2. Sample XML sitemap (with a stylesheet for making it readable)

    Sample XML sitemap (with a stylesheet for making it readable)

  3. Sample XML sitemap (without stylesheet)

    Sample XML sitemap (without stylesheet)



Other notes:




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


Tags:


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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