What is an XML Sitemap? (and How to Easily Create One in WordPress)

September 23, 2017    Reading Time: 2 Minutes

In this video, I explain what an XML Sitemap is and how you can create on in WordPress easily. No programming required!

 

Video Transcription:

Hi. In this video, I’m going to explain what an XML sitemap is and how to create one easily on your WordPress website.

First, what is an XML sitemap?

XML stands for Extensible Markup Language. But, don’t let that confuse you.

An XML sitemap simply shows all of the pages that are listed on your website.

Search engines use this sitemap to know how many pages you have on your site, where they are located, how often these pages are updated, etc. If you have a website, this is required if you want it to be effective in ranking in the search engine results.

The file for your XML sitemap is typically called “sitemap.xml” For example, on our website, the XML sitemap can be found here: https://graticle.com/sitemap.xml

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s see how to create an XML sitemap on your WordPress website.

How to Create an XML Sitemap in WordPress

We’re going to make this extremely simple by using a third-party plugin.

Yep, no programming.

Let’s go ahead and look at our WordPress website.

Go ahead and log in to your website.

Hover over ‘Plugins’, click ‘Add New.’

We’re going to use a plugin called Google XML Sitemaps created by Arne Brachhold. As with most plugins for WordPress, there are many options, but this plugin is the most straight-forward and comprehensive XML sitemap plugin we’ve found.

Go to the search area. Type in ‘Google XML Sitemaps,’ and you’ll see is listed first.

Click ‘Install Now.’ Click ‘Activate.’

You’ll see it activated here.

Click ‘Settings.’

Feel free to browse through the various settings to customize it how you like, but it’s already ready to go. You don’t have to change a thing.

Click this link to view your brand new sitemap.xml.

The best part about this plugin? As you create pages in the future, the sitemap is automatically updated and as you can see here, the search engines are notified each time you update your website.

An XML Sitemap isn’t the most exciting thing you’ll see all day, but this solid step in the right direction to improving your website.

We’re done.

We now have an XML Sitemap created on your WordPress website.

Need more help? Give us a call at (360) 450-3711 or visit our website at graticle.com and we’ll be glad to help.

Thanks for watching.

Last updated on September 23, 2017. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc. You can follow him at Google+

Tags: , ,

Want a Quote on Your Project? Answer a Few Questions »

I have worked with Shawn at Graticle for three years, which should speak volumes in and of itself. I am a high school teacher and serve as the Coordinator for the AVID program. Each August-September we create new t-shirts for distribution to all 140 of our students, along with supportive members of the faculty, staff, and administration.

My team of AVID teachers brainstorms ideas for both the front and back of the shirt, and I present the best one or two concepts to Shawn for his expert feedback. We quickly settle on the best design idea and colors, and then Shawn and I bounce more detailed suggestions off each other for a few days. His suggestions always result in significant improvements to my rough concept. He presents me with graphic “rough drafts” at each stage of our discussion until we have a design I’m really happy with.

Shawn then works his magic, and the final design is the work of a consummate professional. We get tons of compliments on our shirts, starting with our t-shirt printer, and usually end up having to do a second print run for additional faculty and staff who want one of the shirts. This year, a middle school in Southern California saw the design and asked if they could use it.

Another positive aspect of working with Graticle is that Shawn is easy to reach by phone or email, and he is very responsive. I hear back from him either the same day or the next day.

Working with Shawn and Graticle has been a pleasure, He produces good work quickly and at a fair price. I recommend him to you without reservation.

Bill Wolfe

Teacher & AVID Coordinator

Taft Union High School

www.taft.k12.ca.us

Taft, California

I’ve worked with Graticle Design on several projects and I have nothing negative to say. Shawn and his team do a remarkable job on both design and project management, and I’ll continue using them for the long term. In addition, Shawn has saved my backside several times when my site has been hacked – probably saving me thousands in lost dollars and hundreds of hours of lost time. I appreciate how Shawn takes a personal interest in everything I do, wanting to fully understand my businesses and seeks to not just “to a task” but help me make a bigger impact on the world.

Brandon Turner

Open Door Properies, LLC

www.OpenDoorPropertiesLLC.com

Montesano, Washington