In WordPress Sitemaps Plugin stores all the URL’s of the post you have made till date. XML Sitemaps plugins generated pages provide search engines a central location to crawl and index your website easily, without which your website will take time to get indexed.
How does Search Engine Index Website ?
When you submit your website to Bing/Google, they will fetch the homepage and ask you whether to index homepage or associated links with homepage. If you choose Homepage with links then only homepage will get indexed and subsequently other pages that have links from home page will get indexed.This process is continuous as Google Bot comes across each and every site often.
In case you update your website regularly then search engine will regularly update their database and crawl your website frequently but in case you do not update your website regularly search engine bot will come at a very slow pace and crawl when they get informed about a new activity from your website. When people used to have static websites, they had to manually submit each and every URL they create to the search engines to get their website indexed.
What Does XML Sitemap Plugin do ?
As mentioned earlier, XML Sitemaps create a central location for search engines to crawl and index your website. This helps you to reach millions who look for content provided by You.
Why do I need XML Sitemaps ?
Search engines like Bing/Google crawl your website and therefore need to add your website to their database and using XML Sitemaps they can keep a track on newly added urls to your website. They may or may not crawl old urls, depending on the status of url. If they find old url modified at any time in the sitemap they will certainly add that to their index.
We are listing best WordPress XML Sitemaps plugins which will help you in building a XML sitemap along with submission of the sitemap regularly to Google and other services.
The Best XML Sitemap generator plugin for WordPress. It will generate a special XML Sitemap which will help search engines like Google,Bing,Yahoo and Ask to better index your WordPress blog. After installing the plugin and creating the XML Sitemap once, the plugin will do most of the stuff automatically like notifying the search engines for new post. It has been downloaded 17,374,994 times and has more than 1 million active installs at the time of writing of post.
Another XML Sitemap generator plugin or should I say full webmaster plugin. It helps you in adding Meta tags for different services like Google,bing,alexa etc. The plugin was available in Free and Premium both variants but now Premium version has become free. At the time of writing the post the All in One Webmaster plugin was downloaded more than 600,000 times and more than 30,000 users are actively using the Plugin.
Yoast SEO was formerly called WordPress SEO and is one of the most important plugin of a website. It not only adds sitemaps feature but also provides a complete SEO solution for your website. It comes in two variants one is Free which is available on WordPress repository and other the Premium version is available only on Yoast website. At the time of writing of the post the plugin has been downloaded a whooping 21 million times and more than 1 million users are currently using Yoast SEO.
A XML Sitemap Plugin which does it’s work automatically. It is very small and light on your server.At the time of writing the post around 150,000 peope have downloaded this plugin and over 10,000 actively use the plugin.
This XML Sitemap Plugin not only supports XML sitemaps but also Google News Sitemaps. This Plugin also allows you to group multiple sitemap files inside it.This plugin took less than a second on a site with more than 200k posts as per it’s author. At the time of writing post, it has been downloaded more than 500,000 times with over 100,000 users actively using the plugin.
This is yet another XML Sitemap and Google News Sitemap plugin which creates XML Sitemaps on the fly. It works effectively with caching plugins and URL priority is automatically calculated based on the post age and comment activity.
There are more than Hundered other Sitemap Plugins stored in WordPress repository and you can certainly choose what you like or what you do not like. We would certainly love to know from our readers, which plugin they use and why ?