Note: In this series I’ll delve into some of the better plugins available for WordPress that I am already using, or about to start using. I’m aiming to highlight 30 of the better plugins.
Even now, with all the changes and improvements in the way Search Engines do their work, we still look to a sitemap to find our way around. While you or I may look to the navigation, the Search Engines still appreciate it if you point them in the right direction and give them something to work with.
Someone pointed me at the Google XML Sitemap generator plugin a long time ago, and I’ve been using it ever since. You can find it easily in the Plugin directory via the WordPress control panel, or download it from the link above.
There are plenty of options to work through in the settings panel, from the basic settings of which Search Engines to publish/notify, the priority on the different types of content (pages, posts, comments, archives, etc) to the change frequencies on the same types of content (see images below).
In theory the sitemap generator will re-create the sitemap after each post you publish but I’ve never seen this working so I either re-create it manually using the ‘rebuild’ link in the settings after each post published or, which is more likely, when I remember to do so (about once a month).
I found this YouTube video, if you’re interested: