Support » Plugin: Google XML Sitemaps » Missing xml tag error

  • Resolved kb331


    I created my first sitemap with this plugin and added it to google webmaster tools. In my account I went to Crawl > Sitemaps and received the following error:

    Type: Error
    Issue: Missing XML tag
    Description: This required tag is missing. Please add it and resubmit.
    Example: (Sitemap: Parent tag: urlset Tag: url)
    Line: 4

    Where is the file? I’ve searched my database and it doesn’t exist there.

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  • The file is not on the server; it’s supposed to be generated on the fly when called for. However, I’m having the same issue with the Missing XML tag. I’ve used this plug-in for a long time, but the issue just started recently.

    I can confirm this error…

    I just submit sitemap in google webmaster tools and faced the same Missing XML tag problem, any one can help…

    Plugin Contributor Arne Brachhold



    Did you add any custom URLs to the sitemap via the admin panel?

    No, I did not add any custom URLs.

    I only edit the url’s from the post or page editor and I’ve never created a sitemap outside of this plugin.

    Had same problem, apparently caused by a line in the pre-update robots.txt file.

    Solved for me by deleting the “.gz” at the end of that Sitemap line in the robots.txt file, then resubmitting the sitemap.

    So, instead of "Sitemap:", the line is now , "Sitemap:"

    I´ve no robots.txt in use…

    Sorry, I didn’t have exactly the same problem as thread starter kb331.
    My problem was with sitemap-archives.xml, fixed by adding a Post (site had only Pages), while “Include archives” was checked in XML-Sitemap Generator settings.

    Plugin Contributor Arne Brachhold



    For the problems with the -archives.xml: For performance reasons, the plugin currently does not check if you have any posts or not. If this entry causes a problem, you can deactivate the archives in the cotnrol panel of the plugin.

    For the problems with the -externals.xml: Can you try to go to the sitemaps control panel and click the save button at the end of the page? Also make sure there are no empty lines “Additional Pages” section.

    I am having a issue with the sitemap

    Error Type:Missing XML tag
    Detail:This required tag is missing. Please add it and resubmit.
    Parent tag: urlset
    Tag: url

    After checking these two pages should be inside the xml

    How to add these pages inside. I have the access to wordpress site dashboard.

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    Plugin Contributor Arne Brachhold



    Please try the new 4.0.5beta versiom, I’ve fixed something regarding missing posts there. Thanks!

    It looks like the beta fixed the issue for me.

    Plugin Contributor Arne Brachhold


    Great, thanks for the feedback!

    My original problem still persists after installation of the beta.

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