Support » Plugin: Google XML Sitemap Generator » Works Well Without Any Fuss

  • I like how well this plugin works right out of the box with very little user-intervention; however, it does allow all the customizations I usually use for a sitemap on a WP site.

    There are only two cons for me with this plugin:

    • I have to edit each page I want to exclude from the site map instead of being able to just list the pages I want excluded on the main settings page. It’s slower on an e-commerce site where there are a number of pages that need to be excluded, but it’s not a big deal.
    • The plugin uses a somewhat atypical filename for the sitemap: “xmlsitemap.xml” instead of the standard “sitemap.xml.” Again, not a big deal, but it does mean editing your robots.txt file and resubmitting the sitemap to Google if you change plugins.

    The really nice thing about this plugin is that it works with WP Super Cache. Most of the other XML sitemap plugins I’ve tested, event the big SEO plugins that generate XML sitemaps, don’t; they generate invalid XML and require that you exclude the sitemap from caching. Not so with this plugin; it works just fine with WP Super Cache, even if you allow the xmlsitemap.xml file to be cached. The advantage is that for a large site, you only have to generate the sitemap as often as your caching expiration allows.

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