How to Make a Simple Sitemap for WordPress Best way
Do you want to create an XML Sitemap for your WordPress site?
Sitemap improves your site crawling and helps search engines crawl your website better.
In this article, I will show you how to create an XML Sitemap for a WordPress site.
What is an XML Sitemap
Sitemaps contain URLs of your website that tell the search engine about all the pages that exist on your website.
A sitemap tells the crawler which of your files are important to your site and also provides valuable information about these files – how often the page is changed when the page was last updated.
Why a Sitemap is Important for a Website
When it comes to improving rankings, an XML Sitemap can help you a lot. It helps Google and other search engines better crawl your website and understand your website structure easily.
- Also, if your site is very large, you will need a Sitemap.
- Here’s a Quick Guide – Why You Should Create a Sitemap:
- There are lots of internal links on your site.
- If your site is brand new and has few external links.
- Your website has dynamic pages.
Your site has a large archive of content that is separate or not well linked to each other.
How to create XML Sitemap for WordPress
Here I will use some of the best plugins and tools to create an XML Sitemap. You can use any of them and create a Sitemap for your site.
So let’s start…
Create a Sitemap using the Yoast SEO Plugin
Yoast is a very popular WordPress SEO plugin that provides a variety of features (content analysis, meta keywords, and description, XML sitemaps, social features, rich snippets, etc.).
If you are already using the Yoast plugin, you can easily create XML Sitemap with its help.
First, General >> Features >> XML Sitemaps >>? Click on You can see it in the screenshot below.
This will redirect you to the XML Sitemap page. As you can see in the screenshot.
Copy the URL from your browser’s address bar. This will be your Sitemap and will look like this,
Create a Sitemap using the Google XML Sitemaps plugin
It creates XML sitemap which helps Google, Bing, Yahoo and major search engines to better index and crawl your site.
The plugin supports all types of WordPress pages. In addition, whenever you publish a new post, it informs all search engines.
Just install the plugin and Activate then click on Settings >> XML-Sitemap. Its default settings are perfect for most sites. But if you want, you can customize it.
Your sitemap is ready and will look like this.
Create a Sitemap using Jetpack
If you are already using the Jetpack plugin on your site, you can easily create an XML Sitemap for your WordPress site with the help of Jetpack.
Go to Jetpack >> Settings >> Traffic and enable the Generate XML Sitemaps option. Once activated, Jetpack will create two separate sitemaps for you: a sitemap for all your posts and pages, and a News sitemap exclusively for Google News.
Your sitemap will be – https://yoursitename.com/sitemap.xml and look like this,
Creating a Sitemap without Plugin
First, go to XML-Sitemap.com. This is a free online Google sitemap generator. Just enter your website URL and hit START.
It will take some time to crawl your website and it depends on how big your site is.
After crawling it will give you the option to download Sitemap. Click on VIEW SITEMAP DETAILS.
Then click on DOWNLOAD YOUR XML SITEMAP.
Its free version adds 500 URLs to your sitemap. For more URLs, you will need to upgrade to its Pro Version.
I hope this article helped you create an XML Sitemap for your WordPress website.