Enable XML Sitemaps in the Yoast SEO plugin

Last update: 06 November, 2017
If you have a sitemap that is located on example.com/sitemap.xml, your sitemap is not being generated by our Yoast SEO plugin. It is probably generated by Google XML Sitemaps or another XML sitemaps plugin. Please disable other sitemap plugins and remove any sitemap files via FTP before enabling the sitemaps in our plugin.

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Want to know more about XML sitemaps? Read the post What is an XML sitemap and why you should have one?

  • Log in to your WordPress website. When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘SEO’.
  • The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you additional options. If you don’t see the ‘XML Sitemaps’ setting in your ‘SEO’ menu, please enable your advanced settings first.

    Yoast SEO > Dashboard (Advanced disabled)

    Menu with advanced settings disabled
    Enable advanced features

  • Click on ‘XML Sitemaps’.
    Yoast SEO > XML Sitemaps
  • Toggle the switch to ‘Enabled’.
  • The screen automatically expands with additional options for the sitemaps. Customize your sitemap using the newly displayed tabs.
  • Click ‘Save Changes’ to activate XML Sitemaps.
  • View your new XML Sitemap by clicking the ‘XML Sitemap’ button.
Don’t forget to submit your sitemap index to Google, Bing, or your preferred search engine. The sitemap index and individual sitemaps are updated automatically as you add or remove content.

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