Best Modern Day Free Sitemap Plugin Review for WordPress

Looking for a WordPress sitemap plugin in 2017? The way sitemaps work hasn’t changed but what we can and should be doing with them has.

This is my review of the free Simple Wp Sitemap plugin.

And why I think it’s the best plugin for a smart, “quick & easy” solution to getting the most out of WordPress sitemaps — for blogs and other websites.

Best SItemap Plugin for WordPress

Obviously Google has become a lot smarter since the times when sitemaps were first introduced in 2005. Some even argue that they are a thing of the past since search engines are very good in crawling the web and figuring things on their own.

Personally I use a sitemap plugin to;

  • Make sure all posts & pages get indexed
  • Help Google to find new pages faster
  • Help Google understand when I’m updating the pages

What I don’t need a sitemap for;

  • To teach Google the priority of pages
  • To teach Google change frequency of pages

Having change frequency, and priority functions stripped out of the plugin makes it much more simpler and easier; leaving you with only the essential features. Many other plugins are still using them but I am certain that Google will pretty much ignore this information and figure it out by themselves.

And considering that the freshness of your content is a Google ranking factor; giving a hand in understanding post updates is a good idea. Every time you change a piece of content in WordPress the last modified date & time will update.

So let’s have a look at the sitemap plugin.

Simple Wp Sitemap Plugin

First search for the “Simple Wp Sitemap” in your WordPress dashboard to install the free plugin and we are ready to start looking at the settings.

Personally I have everything set to default — hands free!

Sitemap WordPress Settings

You can configure options like;

  • Add pages that are outside of your WordPress install
  • Block pages that you don’t want to have included
  • Including category, tag and author pages is optional
  • Enable HTML sitemap (recommended)

And that’s all there is to it & you have a ready XML sitemap too.

WebHostWhat HTML Sitemap

This is what the actual HTML sitemap will look like. A neat list of posts & pages with the last update date — all you need to teach Google.

As with most WordPress plugins there is also a paid version available.

While going free will be enough for most users; it’s a great way to support the developer and get some extra features.

Paid premium version of Simple Wp Sitemap includes;

  • Split sitemaps to show them on multiple pages (HTML & XML)
  • Image sitemaps for getting all your images indexed
  • Shortcodes for displaying sitemaps inside content
  • Exclude content by directory
  • More customization options like colors

So there’s my review of the best (free) sitemap plugin.

Hope it’s useful to keep up with the times — & your site indexed!

Regards, Tim.

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