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XML Sitemap & Google News feeds

Feeds from the XML Sitemap and Google News menu for the hungry spiders. Multisite compatible.

This plugin dynamically creates feeds that comply with the XML Sitemap and the Google News Sitemap protocol. Multisite and Polylang compatible and there are no files created. Options can be found on Settings > Reading to control which sitemaps, which post and taxonomy types are included, how priority is calculated, who to ping and set additional robots.txt rules.

The main advantage of this plugin over other XML Sitemap plugins is simplicity. No need to change file or folder permissions, move files or spend time tweaking difficult plugin options.

You, or site owners on your Multisite network, will not be bothered with complicated settings like most other XML Sitemap plugins. The default settings will suffice in most cases and XML sitemap values like ChangeFreq and URL Priority are auto-calculated based on post age and comment activity.

The XML Sitemap Index becomes instantly available on yourblog.url/sitemap.xml (or yourblog.url/?feed=sitemap) containing references to posts and pages by default, ready for indexing by search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL and Ask. When the Google News Sitemap is activated, it will become available on yourblog.url/sitemap-news.xml (or yourblog.url/?feed=sitemap-news), ready for indexing by Google News. Both are automatically referenced in the dynamically created robots.txt on yourblog.url/robots.txt to tell search engines where to find your XML Sitemaps. Google and Bing can be pinged on each new publication.

Please read the FAQ's for info on how to get your articles listed on Google News.

Compatible with caching plugins like WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache and Quick Cache that cache feeds, allowing a faster serving to the impatient (when hungry) spider.

NOTES:

  1. If you do not use fancy URL's or you have WordPress installed in a subdirectory, a dynamic robots.txt will NOT be generated. You'll have to create your own and upload it to your site root! See FAQ's.

  2. On large sites, it is advised to use a good caching plugin like WP Super Cache, Quick Cache or W3 Total Cache to improve your site and sitemap performance.

Features

  • Sitemap Index with optional inclusion of sitemaps for post types, categories and tags.
  • Optional Google News sitemap.
  • Completely automatic post URL priority and change frequency calculation based on post age and comment and trackback activity.
  • Works out-of-the-box, even on multi-site / shared codebase / multi-blog setups like WordPress MU, WP 3.0 in MultiSite mode and others.
  • Optionally include Image tags with caption and title for featured images or attached images in both regular and Google News sitemaps.
  • Pings Google, Bing & Yahoo and optionally Yandex and Baidu on new post publication.
  • Compatible with multi-lingual sites using Polylang to allow all languages to be indexed equally.
  • Options to define which post types and taxonomies get included in the sitemap and automatic priority calculation rules.
  • Set priority per post.
  • Exclude individual posts or pages.
  • Option to add new robots.txt rules. These can be used to further control (read: limit) the indexation of various parts of your site and subsequent spread of pagerank accross your sites pages.
  • Includes XLS stylesheets for human readable sitemaps.

Translations

New transtations will be accepted and listed here. See translation instructions under Other Notes.

Credits

XML Sitemap Feed was originally based on the discontinued plugin Standard XML Sitemap Generator by Patrick Chia. Since then, it has been completely rewritten and extended in many ways.

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.0
Last Updated: 2014-7-17
Downloads: 290,305

Ratings

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Support

4 of 6 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.

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