Google XML Sitemaps
Can't find the sitemap files (8 posts)

  1. dccharron
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the plugin. Reviews look so good I just had to try it. But so far it isn't working. I've activated it and read through all the settings and there doesn't seem to be anything I need to do to "turn it on" or "fire it up". Strangely, I cannot find any sitemap.xml file anywhere on my site. Google Webmaster Tools confirms that "no sitemaps found for this site". When I browse to the sitemap.xml file in a browser it seems to magically find something but that file doesn't seem to exist in the root or sub directories of my site. This plugin is so slick I can't figure out how it works. Read all the FAQ. Check through dozens of support entries to no avail. What do I need to do to get Google Webmaster Tools to tell me that it has found a sitemap?


  2. Arne Brachhold
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 2 years ago #


    try to open yourblog.com/sitemap.xml and you should see it! If you want to see the statistics in GWT, you will need to submit it there. Google gets notified about the sitemap, but it is not shown in your account until you submit it manually there.

  3. dccharron
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for your help. As I explained, despite installing and activating your plugin, there was no file called "sitemap.xml" anywhere to be found on my web site (I even used FTP to look everywhere for it). So there was nothing to submit to GWT.

    I waited for your response but after a couple of days (no criticism intended) I needed to find an alternative. I discovered that my hosting company provides a sitemap tool which did create my sitemap.xml file and I was able to get GWT to load it.

    I'm not sure what went wrong with using your plugin. It certainly got good reviews but I just could not make it work for my situation.

    Thanks again for the plugin and your response. Much appreciated.

  4. Larrian
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have the exact same problem. NO site map visible in the root. On an Apache Linux server. I submitted the URL to google directly and it "found" it, but why is there no sitemap-index.xml file visible? Is it hiding somewhere else? I SSH into the server and still can't find it. Any help would be appreciated.

  5. Larrian
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Wanted to add...in your plug in...it is blank where it says
    The URL to your sitemap index file is: nothing shows up. I submitted http://www.culinaryscienceinvestigations.com/sitemap.xml to Google and that was found and indexed. This is what the debug shows re posting:
    Sitemap Content and Errors, Warnings, Notices
    Sitemap: misc/(No parameters) by GoogleSitemapGeneratorStandardBuilder


    Sitemap: pt/post-2014-07 by GoogleSitemapGeneratorStandardBuilder


    Sitemap: pt/page-2014-07 by GoogleSitemapGeneratorStandardBuilder


    Sitemap: pt/page-2014-06 by GoogleSitemapGeneratorStandardBuilder

    So it would appear its working, however, google webmaster said there was NO sitemap found, which is why I put in the old link and it found that. Is this a permissions problem on the server? If so, why cant I locate the file?

  6. hiddai
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Arne!

    I want to report about the same issue.
    I installed the new version of plug-in 4.0.7.
    I expected to see Sitemap.xml ang .gz are created automatically - but nothing.
    The problem was found, when i asked to type the URL of the sitemap in Google Webmaster Tool Service.
    My url was like that: ‪http://yahwade.azurewebsites.net/sitemap.xml
    So, ofcourse if you type the above URL in the browser you get the following message: The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

  7. 2ninerniner2
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Arne,

    Same here ... where are these sitemap "files" supposed to be "living" that one can access them successfully with domain.com/sitemap.xml but I can see only sitemap.backup.xml and sitemap.backup.xml.gz in my file manager on the server (Linux, Apache).

    In another post here, you mention that they "are stored like any other WP content". So where would that be? :-) I checked the DB in the posts table and nothing pops out there.

    Guess what I am saying, and I believe others here as well, just how, exactly, does this plugin work now. Previously, it would create a single sitemap.xml file that one could see and edit in one's file manager. Now??? ... I don't get it :-) LOL


  8. adopted3
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The FAQ says: "Since version 4, these files are dynamically generated."

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