What is Google XML Sitemap
A sitemap is a complete list of pages in your website that is used either by search engine crawlers, or site users.
There are two kinds of sitemaps – XML sitemaps, and HTML sitemaps. HTML sitemaps help users navigate your site.
XML sitemaps represent the entire structure of your site in a format that is readable by search engines. With an XML sitemap in place, search engines will very easily crawl and index your pages. Also, if you make changes to your site, these are quickly discovered and indexed too.
An XML sitemap is thus very necessary if you want your WordPress website to rank in Google, and this article will show you how to create and maintain a sitemap on your website using Google XML Sitemap plugin.
How to Install and Configure Google XML Sitemap Plugin:
From the menu, click on Plugins, and then Add New.
The first request you’ll see is to build the sitemap for the first time. Click on the link that says “Click here”. You’ll see the success confirmation.
Although the default settings are good and ready to go, you can customize different options if you need to. These include Basic Options, Additional Pages, Post Priority, Location of Your Sitemap File, Sitemap Content, Excluded Items, Changes Frequencies and Priorities. When satisfied with your options, click Update Options to save the settings.
You’re done. The sitemap will be generated and search engines will always be notified of new content on your site.