What is Sitemap
A sitemap is an XML file where you provide information about your webpages, videos, and other files on your site, and the link between them.
Search engines like Google, Bing, etc read this file to crawl your site more efficiently. A sitemap tells the search engines which pages and files you think are important in your site and also provides valuable information about these files. For example, when the page was last updated and any alternate language versions of the page.
XML sitemaps are used by search engine bots to more efficiently ‘crawl’ your site’s content. By creating one for your website, you can potentially make your content more visible on SERP – Search Engine Result Page
How to Create a Sitemap in WordPress?
There are several ways to create a sitemap.xml in WordPress. We will show you three popular methods to create an XML sitemap in WordPress, and you can choose one that suits you.
How to create an XML sitemap in WordPress without a plugin
Creating an XML sitemap in WordPress using All in One SEO
Creating an XML sitemap in WordPress using Yoast SEO
1. How to Create an XML Sitemap in WordPress without a Plugin
This allows you to automatically create an XML sitemap in WordPress without using a plugin. You can simply add wp-sitemap.xml at the end of your domain name, and WordPress will show you the default XML sitemap.
2. Creating an XML Sitemap in WordPress using All in One SEO
The easiest and fastest way to create an XML sitemap in WordPress is by using the All in One SEO plugin for WordPress.
It is the best WordPress SEO plugin on the market offering you a comprehensive set of tools to optimize your blog posts for SEO.
- Find the Plugin option in your WordPress dashboard and click on it
- After that click on Add new plugin button search All in one SEO plugin in the search box
- Click on the Install now button
- and then click on the Active button
After activation, go to the All in one SEO sitemap page to review the sitemap setting
By default, All in One SEO will enable the Sitemap feature for you and replace the basic WordPress sitemaps.
3. Creating an XML Sitemap in WordPress using Yoast SEO
If you are using Yoast SEO as your WordPress SEO plugin, then it also automatically turns on XML sitemaps for you.
First, you need to install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin. (plugin installation process always be same)
Upon activation, go to the SEO » General page and switch to the ‘Features’ tab. From here, you need to scroll down to the ‘XML Sitemap’ option and make sure that it is turned on.
Next, click on the save changes button to store your changes.
You can also check our previous blog about Digital Segmentation