How to Create a Sitemap for WordPress

How to Create a Sitemap for WordPress

When search engines crawl the Web, their standard behavior is to find your website using a link from another site. Once your site is found, the search engine robot crawls your site using the links that it finds on each page. This is a slow process and can result in some parts of your website taking a long time to show up in search engines such as Google. You can reduce the amount of time waiting for your site to be indexed by creating a sitemap and adding it to Google Webmaster Tools. A sitemap contains links to every page on your website, and once Google downloads it, its robots can crawl your site knowing where each page can be found. WordPress does not have the ability to create a sitemap on its own, but you can quickly add this ability with a free plugin.

  1. Navigate to your website’s wp-admin page (http://www.mywebsite.com/wp-admin) and enter your user name and password to log in to WordPress.
  2. Click the “Plugins” link on the left side of the page.
  3. Click the “Add New” button at the top of the page.
  4. Type “Google XML Sitemaps” in the search box, and click “Search Plugins.”
  5. Click the “Install Now” link under “Google XML Sitemaps.” As of this writing, the plugin that I refer to is third on the list of search results.
  6. Click “OK.”
  7. Click “Activate Plugin.” This returns you to the main WordPress Plugins page.
  8. Click “Settings” on the left side of the window, and then click “XML-Sitemap.”
  9. Click the blue “Click Here” link at the top of the page to generate the sitemap for your website. By default, your new sitemap is located at http://www.mywebsite.com/sitemap.xml.

Your WordPress sitemap is now ready to use. Creating a sitemap for your website is a very important step in getting your site indexed by Google and the other search engines, and this should be one of the first steps that you do for each new website that you create. The sitemap that the Google XML Sitemaps plugin creates is also compatible with other search engines such as Bing and Yahoo, and it automatically updates each time you create a new page or blog post.



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