What Is A WordPress Sitemap

What Is A WordPress Sitemap?

In my article, I write about WordPress sitemaps and how to create them.

Sitemaps are essential for your website. If you don’t have one, it could take longer for search engines to index your site.

When published posts are not indexed, they won’t appear on search result pages.

I have a sitemap on my websites. I submitted them to Google and Bing. I can see when Google and Bing visit my sitemap. It is almost every day.

Creating a sitemap on WordPress is simple. Once created, I recommend submitting it to both Google and Bing. Submit a sitemap once.

Let us look at WordPress sitemaps.

What Is A WordPress Sitemap?

WordPress sitemaps are lists of published posts and pages on a website.

Search engines use sitemaps to navigate site URLs.

The sitemap also details when content is published and updated.

When Google and Bing visit your sitemap, they look for updated or new content to add to their index.

As a content publisher, you must make it easy for search engines to crawl your site.

Create and submit a sitemap to Google and Bing. Submitting sitemaps helps get your site indexed.

WordPress Sitemap Plugins

All SEO plugins create sitemaps for your website.

You don’t need to configure the plugin to create a sitemap. The plugin scans your content and creates a sitemap automatically.

You can access sitemaps from your internet browser.

The sitemap URL is what you use to submit your sitemap to Google and Bing.

Best WordPress Sitemap Plugins

Here are my best WordPress sitemap plugins.

PluginSEO PluginFree Sitemap
YoastYesYes
Rank MathYesYes
All-In-OneYesYes
XML SitemapNoYes

1. Yoast SEO Plugin

The Yoast SEO plugin is a well-known WordPress SEO plugin.

Yoast SEO plugin

At the time of publishing this post, Yoast has over 5 million installations.

It has an impressive 5 out of 5 customer satisfaction score.

Yoast installations

Yoast SEO is easy to set up. After installation, a setup wizard asks you a few questions to help Yoast understand your blog.

Once setup is complete, Yoast generates a sitemap.

2. Rank Math SEO Plugin

The Rank Math SEO plugin is another fantastic WordPress SEO plugin.

Rank math

New WordPress users like Rank Math because it is easy to use.

Rank Math has over 1 million installations.

It has an impressive 5 out of 5 customer satisfaction score.

Rank math installations

Rank Math is easy to set up and helps you optimize your blog posts.

After installation, Rank Math generates a free sitemap for your site.

3. All-In-One SEO Plugin

The All-In-One SEO plugin is another popular SEO plugin.

All In One

The All-In-One SEO plugin has over 3 million installations.

It has an impressive 4.5 out of 5 customer satisfaction score.

All in one installations

WordPress users like the All-In-One SEO plugin because it is easy to use and has excellent customer support.

After installation, the plugin generates a free sitemap for your website.

4. XML Sitemap & Google News Plugin

I recommend the XML Sitemap & Google News plugin if you only want a sitemap plugin.

Install and activate the plugin to generate a free sitemap for your site.

The XML Sitemap & Google News plugin has over 100,000 installations.

It has an impressive 4.5 out of 5 customer satisfaction score.

XML Sitemap

Default WordPress Sitemap

Did you know you did not need to install an SEO or sitemap plugin for your site?

WordPress generates a free sitemap for your site. This sitemap is the default WordPress sitemap.

If you use an SEO plugin, the default WordPress sitemap is disabled.

SEO plugins disable the default WordPress sitemap to prevent your site from having two sitemaps.

Unfortunately, you can’t choose what sitemap to use. All SEO plugins want you to use theirs.

How To Find The Default WordPress Sitemap

To find the default WordPress sitemap, go to your website’s homepage and add the following.

/wp-sitemap.xml

For example, here is one of my sites.

Default wordpress sitemap

Simple paste the text above after the .com part of your homepage URL.

If you have an SEO plugin installed on your site, this won’t work.

You must use the link given by your plugin.

WordPress Sitemap Example

Sitemaps are lists of pages, posts, and categories on your website.

Here is the default WordPress sitemap for one of my websites.

Default WP sitemap

To view more detail, click on one of the links. When I click on the post’s link.

I have a list of all posts on the site.

Post list

When I click on one of the links, I go to the website’s post.

How To Create A Sitemap

WordPress creates a sitemap without the need for a plugin.

To access the default WordPress sitemap, type the following text after the .com part of your website’s home page.

/wp-sitemap.xml

The default WordPress sitemap is disabled if you use an SEO plugin.

The default sitemap is disabled to prevent your site from having two sitemaps.

Each SEO plugin creates a free sitemap for your website.

Each SEO plugin has a different sitemap URL.

View your SEO plugin’s documentation to find your sitemap’s URL.

Once you have your sitemap, submit it to Google and Bing.

Visit my How To Use A WordPress Sitemap article to learn more.

Conclusion

Sitemaps are essential for your website. A sitemap is a list of published posts and pages on your website.

Google and Bing use sitemaps to help them index your content.

If your site is not indexed, it won’t show on search results.

Make it easy for Google and Bing to crawl your site.

They want to know what content you have and how it is related.

WordPress generates a free sitemap for your site.

If you use an SEO plugin, the default sitemap is disabled. Disabling prevents your site from having two sitemaps.

You can use the WordPress default sitemap or an SEO plugin’s sitemap.

I hope you found my article informative. If you have any questions, please leave them below.


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