Creating a Google SiteMap for WordPress

by on 06/05/2009 in WordPress

The Sitemap Protocol allows you to inform search engines about URLs on your websites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap that uses the Sitemap Protocol is an XML file that lists URLs for a site.

The protocol was written to be highly scalable so it can accommodate sites of any size. It also enables webmasters to include additional information about each URL (when it was last updated; how often it changes; how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.

Getting started:

Google XML Sitemaps Generator: This WordPress plug-in generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.

Google XML Sitemap Generator


Download the Zip-Archive and extract all files into your wp-content/plugins/ directory. Then go into your WordPress administration page, click on Plugins and activate it. You will now see the plugin called “Sitemap” under the “Options” menu. You can alter the default change frequencies, filename and other options there. Click once on “Rebuild Sitemap” to create your sitemap the first time.

Once your sitemap is generated, you now need to inform Google. Submit a Sitemap using Google Webmaster Tools. Google uses your Sitemap to learn about the structure of your site and to increase our coverage of your WebPages.

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4 Responses to “Creating a Google SiteMap for WordPress”

  1. Kikolani

    Jun 5th, 2009

    You know, I wonder how my sitemap is doing since I have made all the changes. Maybe I should go back in and update.

    ~ Kristi

  2. I use the google XML sitemap for the search engines and the Dragon Design sitemap plugin so readers can view the entire list of posts and pages.

  3. HART (1-800-HART)

    Jun 5th, 2009

    I’m using a modified Google XML Sitemap Generator plugin (v3.0.3.3) for WordPress MU version, but I’m having a hard time upgrading it (the regular one doesn’t work on wpMU).

    Plus, all my sitemaps on the wpMU platform are NOT being detected by google webmaster tools. However, they seem to work if I go in and manually input my modified sitemap.xml file into their system .. they just don’t seem to like that blogs.dir/XX/files/ format I guess.

    (unless someone can point out alternatives .. it will have to do though – I went in and updated 32 wpMU blogs today and it was a tedious process)

  4. Steve Hart

    Jun 7th, 2009

    I also use Dragon Design sitemap plugin not only for my readers, but also for search engine crawlers. You just can’t beat XML sitemaps, but it’s difficult to submit to all engines.