XML Sitemap & Google News feeds

This plugin dynamically creates feeds that comply with the **XML Sitemap** and the **Google News Sitemap** protocol. **Multisite**, **Polylang** and **WPML** compatible and there are no files created. Options can be found on **Settings > Reading** to control which sitemaps, which post and taxonomy types are included, how priority is calculated, who to ping and set additional robots.txt rules.

The main advantage of this plugin over other XML Sitemap plugins is **simplicity**. No need to change file or folder permissions, move files or spend time tweaking difficult plugin options.

You, or site owners on your Multisite network, will not be bothered with overly complicated settings like most other XML Sitemap plugins. The default settings will suffice in most cases and XML sitemap values like ChangeFreq and URL Priority are auto-calculated based on post age and comment activity.

An XML Sitemap Index becomes instantly available on **yourblog.url/sitemap.xml** (or yourblog.url/?feed=sitemap if you’re not using a ‘fancy’ permalink structure) containing references to posts and pages by default, ready for indexing by search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL and Ask. When the Google News Sitemap is activated, it will become available on **yourblog.url/sitemap-news.xml** (or yourblog.url/?feed=sitemap-news), ready for indexing by Google News. Both are automatically referenced in the dynamically created **robots.txt** on **yourblog.url/robots.txt** to tell search engines where to find your XML Sitemaps. Google and Bing can be pinged on each new publication.

Please read the FAQ’s for info on how to get your articles listed on Google News.

**Compatible with caching plugins** like WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache and Quick Cache that cache feeds, allowing a faster serving to the impatient (when hungry) spider.


1. If you _do not use fancy URL’s_ or you have WordPress installed in a _subdirectory_, a dynamic **robots.txt will NOT be generated**. You’ll have to create your own and upload it to your site root! See FAQ’s.

2. On large sites, it is advised to use a good caching plugin like **WP Super Cache**, **Quick Cache** or **W3 Total Cache** to improve your site _and_ sitemap performance.

= Features =

**XML Sitemap**

* Sitemap Index with optional inclusion of sitemaps for post types, categories and tags.
* Sitemap with custom URLs optional.
* Custom/static sitemaps can be added to the index.
* Completely **automatic** post URL _priority_ and _change frequency_ calculation based on post age and comment and trackback activity.
* Works out-of-the-box, even on **Multisite** installations.
* Optionally include Image tags with caption and title for featured images or attached images.
* Pings Google, Bing & Yahoo, Yandex and Baidu on new post publication.
* Options to define which post types and taxonomies get included in the sitemap and automatic priority calculation rules.
* Set priority per post.
* Exclude individual posts or pages.

**Google News Sitemap**

* Optionally include Image tags with caption and title for featured images or attached images.
* Options to: set a different News Publication Name, include custom post types or limit inclusion to certain post categories.
* Configure , and tags both globally and post by post
* Pings Google on new publications.


* Compatible with multi-lingual sites using **Polylang** or **WPML** to allow all languages to be indexed equally.
* Option to add new robots.txt rules. These can be used to further control (read: limit) the indexation of various parts of your site and subsequent spread of pagerank accross your sites pages.
* Includes XLS stylesheets for human readable sitemaps.

= Contribute =

If you’re happy with this plugin as it is, please consider writing a quick [rating](https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/xml-sitemap-feed/reviews/#new-post) or helping other users out on the [support forum](https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/easy-fancybox).

If you wish to help build this plugin, you’re very welcome to [translate Easy FancyBox into your language](https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp-plugins/xml-sitemap-feed/) or contribute code on [Github](https://github.com/RavanH/xml-sitemap-feed/).

= Credits =

XML Sitemap Feed was originally based on the discontinued plugin Standard XML Sitemap Generator by Patrick Chia. Since then, it has been completely rewritten and extended in many ways.

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