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  • Plugin Author Sybre Waaijer



    This is a bug introduced by the Yoast team, and they still haven’t cleared that up, even after us informing them multiple times.

    In short, what happens is that the sitemap.xml endpoint is hardcoded in redirecting to sitemap_index.xml at the server-level. It overrides anything WordPress tries to do, effectively breaking your setup.

    To explain, the Yoast team is still spreading misinformation on how NGINX servers should be configured (source), and it’s breaking all other conventional sitemap implementations. A vendor lock-in, if you will. It goes against the “works out of the box” nature of WordPress, and many hosting companies, among SpinupWP and EasyWP, are blindly implementing it, without having the slightest understanding of how NGINX works. It is staggering to me that “specialized” administrators do this (shame on them!).

    Now, we’re going to comply with their faulty rules in the next update, so we hope that our users will not to face these issues in the future.

    To fix this, for now, you have to remove their broken rules from the NGINX configuration and introduce the correct rules.

    How this all works is far beyond the scope of our support because we’d have to dig into your server. No two servers are configured the same, so we’d have to hold your hand tight in fixing this. It’s best to reach out (and complain) to your hosting partner in this.

    I hope this clears that up. Do wait out for the next update of TSF, where it’ll work automatically. The ETA of which is within four weeks.

    And I must apologize for latching out, but this is the few-dozenth inquiry on this very issue, and it’s still spreading like a disease. @yoast rectify it: for the nth time, fix or remove that KB entry. It’s because of you I got this undeserved review.


    Unfortunately, I am using EasyWP.
    I will try and contact them to know what they will say about it.
    But I want to know, can this happen to a freshly installed site that has never used Yoast before?

    Plugin Author Sybre Waaijer


    Hi Daniel,

    Some hosts that have those rules preset as a default because they take Yoast SEO as de facto standard–this suggests that all new sites are automatically affected, too.

    Resolving this issue retroactively is hugely time-consuming, so they’ll probably point you back to using Yoast SEO. It is why I’ve been forced to add support for it (in the next update), aforesaid I oppose the implementation.

    Does it mean that I will have to go back to Yoast again?
    When is the update happening?
    Seriously, I don’t want to go back to Yoast

    Plugin Author Sybre Waaijer


    Exactly, that’s the issue I’ve been facing for four years now! It’s vendor lock-in, I dare say anti-competitive and disregarding behavior, ergo my outburst earlier 🙁

    In any case, the update is now in (1 commit from) beta, and when I’m confident it’s ready for the public, I’ll release it. I aim this to happen within four weeks from now; it’s a massive update with over 14,000 lines of code churned, so I proceed carefully.

    Please note that a sitemap is not critical for SEO: it doesn’t contribute to ranking, it only helps to have new and updated pages indexed faster. Once all your pages are indexed, the sitemap is effectively useless.

    Thank you very much for pointing that out
    Do you know any other way I can be indexing my post regularly without going back to Yoast?
    I will really appreciate.

    Plugin Author Sybre Waaijer


    Hi Daniel,

    Google has something called a “spider,” named “Googlebot.” It crawls your URLs periodically, and it learns how often they need to crawl your website.

    Note the keyword I used earlier, “faster”: “helps to have new and updated pages indexed faster.”

    Google recently posted a video explaining how this works:

    Unfortunately, I am not aware of alternative sitemap plugins that use sitemap_index.xml.

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