When you finally get around to establishing a WordPress blog for yourself, it’s important to keep in mind that there are other plugins that will need to be installed in terms of issues relating to functionality. One of these important plugins is referred to as the Google XML Sitemaps plugin.
As a web designer, developer, or blogger, you likely already know that one of the most important things to include on your site is a sitemap. This is the one thing that helps all of the various search engines index the site itself so that it can be ranked properly. If, by chance, you are an avid-type blogger, it’s understandable that you would not have the time to manually update a sitemap of any kind for your site, which is where the Google XML Sitemaps plugin comes into play.
INSTALLING THE GOOGLE XML SITEMAPS WORDPRESS PLUGIN
The installation process of this plugin is fairly straightforward and simple. Simply visit the official WordPress plugin directory page, where you will find the Google XML Sitemaps plugin. When you download the plugin, you will then need to extract the zip file archive and update the directory with an FTP client, ensuring that everything goes to the “/wp-content/plugins” WordPress installations directory.
There is also a second route that you can take. This involves accessing the WordPress administrator portal, then going to “Plugins,” then “Add New,” both of which are located on the left-hand side of the screen. In the search box, simply type in “Google XML Sitemaps,” then click the “Install” option to begin the installation of the plugin.
CONFIGURING GOOGLE XML SITEMAPS WORDPRESS PLUGIN
After the Google XML Sitemaps plugin has been activated, you will then need to go to the “Settings” menu, followed by “XML-Sitemap,” which is located on the left-hand side of the screen.
This is also around the time when you will notice that the sitemap files have not actually been created yet. This is something that can only occur when you give write access to the root of your WordPress blog. Once this is done, click on the “Click Here” option to allow the files to become automatically created for you. In order to avoid providing write access to the entire root directory of your WordPress blog, you will need to take the time to create two new text files, naming each one “sitemap.xml” and “sitemap.xml.gz.” When you upload them to your root directory, allow write access only for these two files only. This will help to prevent any kind of major security issues that could potentially ruin everything.
The options provided by the Google XML Sitemaps plugin are always default; however, it is entirely possible to change them in order to fit your specific needs and wants. Furthermore, all of the options are clearly labelled and detailed.
Once you have configured everything to your liking, you can then begin constructing the sitemap of your WordPress blog. Once you click to have all of the files automatically created for you, you will also be provided with any necessary feedback information.