One of the first things you need to do after creating a new website is to create an XML Sitemap file for the site. In simplest words, an XML file that contains a list of links (URL of published articles on the site). It also contains other important metadata about the links. The XML file is not for human but it’s a way to notify search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search engine about what’s happening to your site.
Creating the XML sitemap for your site is very easy. There are many XML sitemap generators available. Luckily, for WordPress, there are some good plugins available to help you create the sitemap for your site.
In this article, we’ll share with you two of the best plugins.
Google XML Sitemaps plugin
This is one of my favorite plugins. Google XML Sitemaps plugin has been downloaded more than 11 million times and the plugin author does a very good job in maintaining the plugin.
The plugin comes to a settings page that has lots of options to configure. However, the default settings should be good for most sites. In other words, you only need to install and activate the plugin and you’re ready to go.
If you’re WordPress SEO user, this plugin already comes with this feature. However, it’s not activated by default and you need to enable it from the settings page.
Similar to the Google XML Sitemaps plugin, you may also configure the settings for this XML feature. However, the default settings should be good and work for most sites.
Should you use Google XML Sitemaps plugin if you already use the WordPress SEO plugin? Well, you certainly don’t have to. However, for some reason, few people have a hard time with the XML Sitemaps feature in the WordPress SEO plugin. Therefore, they might want to use the Google XML Sitemaps plugin instead.