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  • Resolved Ken Soszka


    I just started using Yoast, and I already have the Google XML Sitemaps plugin by Arne Brachold installed. What is the process for me to start using the Yoast XML Sitemap instead – and should I?

    Currently the Yoast XML Sitemap is enabled too, I’m not sure if I did that – but when I click the button in settings to go to the sitemap at sitemap_index.xml it gives a page cannot be found.

    Should I uninstall the Google XML Sitemaps plugin, and then delete the sitemap files from my site? Will the Yoast XML Sitemap then generate a sitemap?

    Thanks in advance!

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  • Ken I was just wondering the same things as I am ready to go live with my site. As I find our more I will post it here. Todd

    I have the same question as Ken and Todd. I already submitted my Google XML Sitemap before I started using Yoast. Should I deactivate the Google XML Sitemap plugin?



    Ok, so I just went ahead and did it, here are the steps:

    1. Deactivate the Google XML Sitemap plugin.

    2. (optional) Download the sitemap.xml and the sitemap.xml.gz files from the root of your website directory and save them on your PC just in case. Then delete these same files from the root directory of your website.

    3. In Yoast XML Sitemap settings, make sure the box to enable XML sitemap functionality is checked, and check the Yahoo and Ask boxes too. Other choices are up to you but can be changed later.

    4. IMPORTANT – Click the Save Settings button at the bottom to generate the sitemap for the first time – it will not be created until you do that.

    5. Click the XML Sitemap button next to where it says “You can find your XML Sitemap here:” and you should see your sitemap(s)!

    6. Uninstall the Google XML Sitemaps plugin.

    See Yoast in action at my site,

    Thank You,

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks very much for posting the steps.

    I followed them and did it also.

    Here’s my site:

    Thanks again!


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