Looking for the best WordPress XML sitemap plugins? It is quite frustrating to select a sitemap plugin on WordPress especially when you are new to this platform or to the SEO. I have compiled a list of top best free WordPress XML sitemap plugins which you can use to index your website faster in search engines.
Sitemap won’t directly help your website rank better in search results pages. However, by using XML sitemap you are giving search engines a chance to index all the pages. More indexed pages increase the chance of showing up more frequently on Google search.
What is an XML Sitemap?
An XML sitemap provides information to search engines which pages on the website are available to crawl. It makes the job of search engines easier to understand your website structure, and website will get indexed faster in search engines as well.
Some other benefits of using an XML sitemap are:
- You can notify search engines which pages are needed to be crawled and indexed in search results.
- Whenever you update content, your sitemap will notify search engines when that particular page was last modified.
Here are some of the best XML sitemap plugins which you can use on your WordPress website and forget about sitemap issues forever.
Check out my latest WordPress SEO guide to have a better understanding of SEO.
1. Google XML sitemap
In my opinion, it is one of the best WordPress XML sitemap plugin available for free in the WordPress plugins directory.
It has tons of features to optimize your sitemap. These options come handy especially when the website has an enormous amount of pages and posts. In that scenario, it would be difficult to manage your XML sitemap.
Playing with some of these options will give you an idea where and how to use those features. Also, you can read comprehensive plugin documentation on the plugin author’s website.
For most small business websites, I don’t think there is a need to use those features in the sitemap plugin.
You can install this plugin from WordPress plugins directory, activate it and copy the URL and submit XML sitemap to Google Search Console.
2. All in One SEO Pack
Another great WordPress SEO plugin that can help you fix SEO issues as well as creating a sitemap. You can use multiple features in this plugin.
To create an XML sitemap in All in One SEO Pack, you need to first install this plugin from WordPress plugins directory.
After that, go to plugin menu icon on the right side-bar menu. Select Features Manager and in the XML Sitemap tab, click on the Activate button.
You can now copy sitemap URL and submit it to Google Search Console, Bing, or anywhere you like.
3- Yoast SEO XML Sitemap
Yoast SEO is a great WordPress SEO plugin. You can use Yoast SEO plugin features to optimize many things. It is one of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins.
Install this plugin from WordPress plugins directory. Go to SEO, then Dashboard.
It will open up a new page. Here you need to enable the Enable the Advanced Settings Pages option.
By enabling Advanced Settings Pages, you will open up new advanced features. Now you will see an option in right-hand sidebar under SEO, XML Sitemaps. Clicking on it will open up a new page, here you can enable sitemap.
Yoast SEO will give you a URL of website’s sitemap, which you can submit to Google Search Console.
Submit XML Sitemap to Google Search Console
Now that you have created an XML sitemap, you should submit it to Google Search Console.
Access your Google search console property. Click on Search performance > sitemap, and only enter the last part of sitemap URL in this box.
E.g, if your XML sitemap URL is
example.com/sitemap.xml, then you only need to enter
Sitemap.xml in Google Search Console.
Give it sometime like a week or so and check back. Google Search Console will start updating how many URLs got indexed and submitted.
I hope you like this article. Which WordPress SEO plugins do you use to optimize your websites? Let me know in the comments below. If you want to hire someone to improve SEO and configure SEO plugins, then you can also check out my SEO services.