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  • Resolved threedogmoon

    (@threedogmoon)


    Having some issues which seem to be between cometcache and the AIOSEO sitemap.xml feature. First off, I could not find the .xml file in public_html and second – it was turning my 170 page or so site into a 3000+ page site via sitemap entries. Also the site map did not parse for viewing online due to the generic “stylesheet” issue.

    So, I de-activated AIOSEO’s sitemap feature and installed the popular google sitemaps plugin. No issues seem to arise and now I can read the sitemap as well. However, though the xml file is viewable online – I cannot see it in my FTP program for some strange reason.

    I have changed nothing in CometCache, but I would like to go back to using AIOSEO’s sitemap functions so as to have fewer plugins running on the website. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • Michael Torbert

    (@hallsofmontezuma)

    WordPress Virtuoso

    Since you’re no longer using All in One SEO Pack for your sitemap, it’s impossible for us to diagnose much of that.

    I could not find the .xml file in public_html

    This is because by default we use dynamically generated sitemaps. No physical file exists. You can turn this off in the settings, but eventually we’ll do away with static sitemaps completely.

    it was turning my 170 page or so site into a 3000+ page site via sitemap entries. Also the site map did not parse for viewing online due to the generic “stylesheet” issue

    I don’t know what any of this means.

    and installed the popular google sitemaps plugin

    That plugin hasn’t had a meaningful update in 5 years. We highly recommend against using it.

    threedogmoon

    (@threedogmoon)

    I am disabling the sitemap plugin and re-activating AIOSEO sitemap function. This is the plugin I used, it is very popular and updated 2 weeks ago: https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

    Here is a link to a screen grab showing how Google Search Console found over 3000 pages when AIOSEO was generating the sitemap. It showed 3325 pages, I have no idea why. Once I switched to the other sitemap plugin, it showed 170 pages which is more accurate: https://eastshoremarineny.com/searchconsole.jpg

    Lastly, when you go to https://eastshoremarineny.com/sitemap.xml with AIOSEO’s sitemap function – you get “Error loading stylesheet: Parsing an XSLT stylesheet failed.”

    With the other plugin, you can see the sitemap without issue when visiting the above link. I was unaware they were dynamically generated now, thanks for that info.

    Michael Torbert

    (@hallsofmontezuma)

    WordPress Virtuoso

    This is the plugin I used, it is very popular and updated 2 weeks ago: https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

    The “update” two weeks ago was not a real update, it was only to change the “compatible up to WP version” from 5.2 to 5.3. It hasn’t had an actual update to the functionality since 2014.

    Something is adding a trailing slash, which is probably why you can’t see it in the browser. ie https://eastshoremarineny.com/page-sitemap.xml shows up as xml. https://eastshoremarineny.com/page-sitemap.xml/ does not.
    If you go to “view source” you can see the sitemap.
    To find out what’s doing it, start by disabling all caching, and deactivate each plugin one at a time. (More on this here: https://semperplugins.com/documentation/how-to-troubleshoot-issues-with-all-in-one-seo-pack/)

    You have a lot of attachment pages. I’d say that’s probably what’s causing such a high number of pages to be indexed. If you don’t want attachment pages to be indexed, you can change that setting in the sitemap options page.

    threedogmoon

    (@threedogmoon)

    Ok, I completely deleted that plugin. Thank you for all the help, much appreciated.

    Disabling Comet-Cache all together seems to have fixed the issue. However, I cannot leave it disabled.

    I have CometCache all set to clear the sitemap cache, however maybe I need to set it to ignore sitemap.xml all together. Also, I am not certain how the caching plugin truly interacts with the newer dynamic sitemaps.

    I will message their support and post the answer here. Thanks again for your replies!

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