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WP Meta SEO: XML and HTML Sitemaps

1. XML sitemap generation

 

WP Meta SEO comes with a tool that generates XML sitemaps and HTML sitemaps. The main purpose of the XML sitemaps is for them to be added to the Google Search Console in order to index pages faster and better. Access the sitemap tool using the "Sitemap" menu.

 

sitemap-menu

 

Then you will get the configuration screen and several tabs to select the content you want to add in your sitemap.

 

sitemap-cinfiguration

 

By default, all your menus are selected as a sitemap source and you get button to load your XML and HTML sitemaps. Among the options you can:

  • Add additional WordPress content to your sitemaps, such as WordPress categories, tags or author posts
  • For the HTML sitemap you can select the number of columns to display in your content, from 1 to 3
  • The page where you want to load your HTML sitemap content. By default a page is created but you can select an existing page
  • Add a link to the sitemap in the robots.txt. It's helpful for search engines that don't have a tool to access to your XML sitemap's URL
  • Add a copy of your sitemap at the root of your WordPress installation. This is the location that is crawled by default by search engines and 3rd party SEO tools

 

To select a sitemap source, navigate through the tabs and check the menu, sub-menus, post or page that you want.

 

sitemap-source

 

The ADDON also includes the possibility to add  custom post types like WooCommerce as a source, along custom URLs

 

Custom-URL

 

 

2. HTML sitemap generation

For the HTML sitemap you also have an option to select the number of columns that you want to display in your sitemap menus, posts or pages.

 

column-sitemap

 

If you update any content, you need to click the Regenerate and save sitemaps button to update your sitemaps.

 

html-sitemap

 

The plugin addon also comes with some additional themes: Accordion layout and tabbed layouts.

 

HTML-sitemap-layouts

 

 

3. Send the XML sitemap to Google Search Console

WP Meta SEO gives the possibility to automatically send your XML sitemap to the Google Search Console. You should go to WP Meta SEO settings > Search console to fill the authorization code.

 

 

search-console-settings

 

You can use your own Google Developer App credentials or get a token by clicking the Get Google Authorization Code button.

 

google-auth-screen

 

Then confirm the details in the Google authorization screen, and copy the token in the appropriate field.

 

auth-code-copy

 

You're done! Each time you click the save button from the sitemap management interface, the sitemap will be re-submitted to Google Search Console.

 

save-sitemap

 

If you've got a subscription for the WP Meta SEO Addon, you can also check your sitemap links with the sitemap checker tool.

 

sitemap-check-link

 

After clicking the button, the list of URLs will be displayed on your screen.

 

Sitemap-Check-list

 

The result is an AJAX-powered list of pages that are present in the sitemap with their status and other information. You can sort by different columns to focus on a specific group, and subsequently fix any problems.