October 11, 2019
October 11, 2019
Using a WordPress sitemap can bring a positive impact to your website. Creating one helps search engine bots to crawl and index your site more easily. Thus, it’ll improve your web pages’ visibility to search engines.
How do you create a WordPress sitemap? In this article, we will show you what a sitemap is and how to create one in WordPress.
A sitemap is a list that navigates both its visitors and search engines to every accessible page on a website.
However, sitemaps are even more important today from an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) point of view. Here are a few reasons why WordPress sitemaps are important:
Sitemaps can be categorized into two types – XML and HTML.
The main difference between the two is that XML focuses on the search engines, while an HTML sitemap is written for website visitors.
It’s recommended to have both WordPress sitemaps for your website. It ensures that you are not missing any essential elements related to SEO, guaranteeing the optimum experience of your visitors.
For new blogs with not so many backlinks, a sitemap helps in quick indexing of the web pages. Now, let’s see how to add both sitemaps to WordPress!
One of the easiest ways to generate an XML sitemap is by using a plugin. Here are some of the best available options:
Yoast SEO is one of the most popular plugins for improving WordPress website’s SEO. This plugin takes care of all the technical aspects related to content and helps you track the keyword density and readability. It can also assist you in creating XML sitemaps.
This plugin provides an easy way of generating a WordPress sitemap for a wide range of search engines. It can also create sitemaps for all WordPress pages and custom URLs. Furthermore, it automatically notifies all major search engines whenever new content is posted or published.
Now, if you want to create an HTML sitemap page on your WordPress site, you can use the WP Sitemap Page plugin by following these steps:
Once the XML sitemap URLs generated, you can submit them to various search engines like Google or Bing.
Before we begin, submit your sitemap to Google by verifying the website’s owner via Google Search Console.
If your site contains a lot of images or videos, we would highly recommend you create a sitemap for them as well.
You can use the Webmaster tool to submit a sitemap to Bing. However, you need to verify the ownership of your website first. During the verification process, enter your WordPress XML sitemap URL and press Save.
Sitemaps are beneficial for any website since their main aim is to create a user-friendly website. They can also help to secure the top ranking on search engine result pages and contribute to crawl and index your site more quickly.
If you have any questions, share them in the comment section below.
March 15 2018
Thankkss so much
Replied on March 23 2018
Hi Kirill, Glad this tutorial helped!
March 18 2018
Hi Lindsay Thanks for the detailed article. I tried creating sitemaps using Yoast SEO and Google sitemaps creator but i failed. When i go to mywebsite.com/sitemap_index.xml it says http error 500. I disabled yoast and enabled again, tried disabling all the plugins still unsuccessful. Is there anything i need to change in .htacess as well?
Replied on March 23 2018
Hey Hunter, There should be no need to change anything in your .htaccess unless you are using custom .htaccess rules. In this case, try switching back to default WordPress .htaccess: https://www.hostinger.com/tutorials/create-default-wordpress-htaccess-file
Replied on March 25 2018
Thanks for your response. I was using custom .htaccess After some digging found out the error is because of WP MEMORY LIMIT, I increased it to 256MB and it was fixed.
Replied on March 26 2018
Hey Hunter, Glad to you know you manage to fix it!
June 28 2019
Domantas, WP Sitemap Page is only supported up to 4.9.10 as of this writing. What other plugins would you recommend?
July 29 2019
August 25 2019
does sitemap help in google ranking
Replied on September 24 2019
Hey Satendra Kumar, Not directly. Sitemap.xml helps Google to discover what pages you have and index them.