Support » Plugin: Google XML Sitemaps » Google XML Sitemap vs. Yoast XML ?

  • I have the “Free” version of Yoast SEO and also have the “XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress”.

    I have always used the XML Site Map Generator for WordPress and have the Yoast XML sitemap option turned off.

    But I am looking to reduce the number of plugins I have on my site (part of a project to simplify my site management activities).

    What are the pros/cons of the Yoast XML Sitemap vs. the XML Site Map Generator plugin?



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  • Any thoughts on XML Site Map Generator vs. Yoast Site Maps ?



    I’d be curious to know as well. I’m actually the opposite of you and always use Yoast’s but thought it was prudent to check out this highly rated plugin.

    AFAIK they’re both deliver the same thing, just one might be better than the other for user options.

    When it comes to sitemaps, it’s the taking part which counts more than winning.

    By this, I mean simply having a sitemap is more beneficial than spending days agonizing over the “priority”, “change frequency” and number of submaps – stuff which is now largely irrelevant due to Google’s vast resources to crawl the web compared to 10-15 years ago.



    When it comes to sitemaps, no one does it better than Arne Brachold, in my opinion. I have used his sitemap plugin for years with NO issues.

    Yoast SEO plugin is a great plugin for SEO but he wants to be a Jack of All Trades. Which is really, really unnecessary.

    This is called overcooking a dish. Even the best dish will turn out bad if it gets overcooked.

    We are using Arne Brachold’s Google XML Sitemaps. It is the industry standard. Like Einstem post above we wanted to reduce the number of plugins and this time opted to use Yoast Sitemap which we generally have turned off.

    However, a couple of morning ago we were doing some site testing and noted an outgoing link to Yoast directly from our sitemap. To say flat-out this is unprofessional is an understatement. It’s enough already that there are all of the cartoons and caricatures filling the backend of the WordPress install. But not live links from our sitemap. That’s taking it a little too far.

    Having said the above, Yoast is a good solution for WordPress SEO and offers some really neat tweaks. There are far better ways for him to sell the premium solution than sticking in links etc.

    As a result we have migrated back to the XML Sitemaps which we are quite happy with.

    I also like the Google XML Sitemaps plugin much more than the one from Yoast and used it for years. And I want to go back to it, if it weren’t for the fact that in my experience the Google XML Sitemaps plugin doesn’t index images from Nextgen Gallery very well. I really hope this can be improved.

    I just rememberd I asked Arne about this before:

    Arne, could you tell us if indexing of (Nextgen) images is working?

    Bliss7, I wouldn’t say “no one does it better than Arne Brachold” when this support forum is flooded with issues and very few answers. Maybe that wasn’t the case when you posted that message, but it certainly is now.

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