Question: How do you generate a sitemap in WordPress?


Creating a sitemap for your WordPress website is crucial for search engine optimization as it helps search engines like Google to crawl and index your site more effectively. Here are the steps you can follow to generate a sitemap in WordPress:

  1. Using a Plugin:

    The easiest way to create a sitemap on a WordPress site is by using a dedicated SEO plugin. Some popular SEO plugins that include sitemap functionality are:

    • Yoast SEO:

      1. Install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin.
      2. Navigate to SEO > General in your WordPress dashboard.
      3. Click on the 'Features' tab.
      4. Scroll down to find the ‘XML Sitemaps’ option and ensure it is toggled on.
      5. Save changes, and your sitemap will be automatically generated at
    • All in One SEO Pack:

      1. Install and activate the All in One SEO Pack plugin.
      2. Go to All in One SEO > Feature Manager.
      3. Activate the XML Sitemaps feature.
      4. Once activated, go to All in One SEO > XML Sitemap to configure your sitemap settings.
    • Google XML Sitemaps:

      1. Install and activate the Google XML Sitemaps plugin.
      2. After activation, the plugin automatically creates a sitemap for your site and continuously updates it.
  2. WordPress 5.5 and Above:

    Starting with version 5.5, WordPress has introduced a basic sitemap feature which generates a sitemap without needing any plugins.

    • Your sitemap can be accessed by appending wp-sitemap.xml to your site's base URL (e.g.,
    • This sitemap includes links to all your posts, pages, and custom post types, but it might not offer advanced features provided by plugins.
  3. Manual Creation:

    For manual sitemap generation, you would need to:

    • Create an XML file and format it according to the sitemap protocol.
    • Manually add URLs for each of your posts, pages, or custom post types.
    • Upload your manually created sitemap file to your server via FTP.
    • Submit your sitemap URL through Google Search Console for indexing.

However, manual creation is time-consuming and not recommended unless you have special requirements that cannot be met by plugins.

After creating your sitemap, remember to submit it to search engine webmaster tools like Google Search Console to inform search engines of its existence and to get insights into the crawling and indexing of your pages.

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