The Google XML Sitemaps plugin is a Must Have if you don’t already have something on your WordPress site to generate a sitemap. XML is a format that is recognized by the web crawlers of Google, Ask.com, Yahoo and Bing Search. XML Sitemaps were developed as a standard format in 2005 by Google and then later adopted by Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com. It is commonly also know as a “Google Sitemap”. If you are really curious about what an XML sitemap is and how it works, then you can read more of the details at Sitemaps.org.
Why do you need the Google XML Sitemaps plugin?
When search engines such as Google crawl your site so that they can index your pages, it makes the process simpler and more accurate if you have a sitemap for our blog or web site. This plugin automatically generates your sitemap and places it in the correct location on your web server for the search engines to find. Any time that your site changes, it makes a new sitemap and notifies the search engines that something has changed.
XML Sitemap Options
While the Google XML Sitemap plugin has many options, most of the default settings will work just fine for most sites.
If you have pages or posts that you want to exclude from your sitemap, you can do with within the Settings page of this WordPress plugin.
These are just a couple of examples of how you can customize the plugin. Other options include Additional Pages, Post Priority, Sitemap Content, Change Frequency and Priorities.
Installation is easy and just like most other plugins. In your WordPress admin menu under Plugins, click on Add New and in the search box type Google XML Sitemaps. It should be the plugin at the top of the list:
Once the installation is complete, click Activate and then if you want to look at or change the plugin options, you can do that under Settings, XML-Sitemap.
For a comprehensive listing of all the features in this plugin, you can visit the Google XML Sitemaps plugin web page.