How to Add a Sitemap to Your WordPress Site

How to Add a Sitemap to Your WordPress Site

Every website needs a sitemap, but it might not be for the reasons you expect.

Sitemaps do not improve your ranking in search engines. However, they do make sure more of your site’s pages get indexed. They also make sure those pages get indexed more quickly. This article presents evidence that the difference is astounding:

  • Google with a sitemap: 14 minutes
  • Google without a sitemap: 1375 minutes
  • Yahoo with a sitemap: 245 minutes
  • Yahoo without a sitemap: 1773 minutes

I’m going to show you how to add a dynamic sitemap to your WordPress website.

  • In your WordPress dashboard go to Plugins > Add New:

01 plugin add new

  1. You will see the “Add Plugin” page.
  2. Type “google xml sitemap” into the “Search plugins…” field:

02 search plugins box

  1. You will now see the “Google XML Sitemaps” WordPress plugin listed.
  2. Click on the “Install Now” button:

03 google xml sitemaps listed

  • In a few seconds, you will see the “Activate” button displayed instead of “Install Now”:

04 activate button

  1. You will arrive at the “Plugin” page with the “Google XML Sitemaps” plugin listed.
  2. Click on the “Settings” link:

05 google xml sitemaps listed

  • You will see the plugin settings:

06 plugin settings

There you have it. As you can see, your sitemap URL is ready, – no need to create sitemap.xml manually. It will get created on the fly, dynamically. Now everytime your create a post, page, or category, the plugin will notify Google, Bing and other major search engines for you accordingly.

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  • Rod Martin

    Rod holds two masters degrees and has been training people how to do "things" for over 25 years. Originally from Australia, he grew up in Canada and now resides just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds, in small companies and large corporations. His extensive open source experience includes WordPress, Joomla and Drupal and he really knows how to help you get the most out of the system you chose. Rod plays ice hockey a couple of times a week and rides his Goldwing motorcycle pretty much everywhere he can.

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Tahoo = Yahoo

Steve Burge

Oops – thanks bp72!


Thank you very much. Thats super cool and simple instructions.

Shalin Siriwaradhana

If the sitemap is submitted to a wordpress blog, does it automatically update when a new post is made on the blog? Or do we have to update the sitemap manually every time we create a new post?
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Hey that was very helpful, However i had one more question…I have a 2 years old domain for my WP website i have recently started its SEO. I do not have any coding or website handling knowlegde…is there any chance that by installing this plugin my site can get unstable?? Waiting for your reply.


its really cool trick.. 


Great Article. I clearly understand.

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nice article and i like it but how if i am want to use script and not plugin coz plugin is making site slowly and i hope u can next time make new article about making sitemap without plugin, it will be nice too. thanks 


Wow i have tried it on my site (

Alice Garten

Thanks for the posting this informative post.


someone can explain why google return “couldn’t fetch” ?

thank you

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