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User Guide Sitemap Plugin

Sitemap

User Guide

Sitemap

3.2.3 *

WordPress

5.6 *

*When using other versions some differences are possible to occur

** Screenshots were taken from a PC

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Settings

2.1. Robots.txt

2.2. Media sitemap

2.3. Change Frequency

2.4. External Sitemap Update Frequency

2.5. URLs Limit

2.6. Google Webmaster Tools

2.7. Manage Website with Google Webmaster Tools

2.8. Alternative Language Pages

3. Structure

3.1. Post Types

3.2. Taxonomies

4. Miscellaneous Settings

4.1. Track usage

4.2. Default Settings

5. License Key

5.1. Pro License

5.2. Check License Key

5.3. Manage License Settings

6. Custom Links

You can download Sitemap by BestWebSoft Plugin here:
https://bestwebsoft.com/products/wordpress/plugins/google-sitemap/

1. Introduction

Note: Сlick the “Save Changes” button in order to apply any changes.

1.1. Open your WordPress Admin Dashboard and find the menu on the left.


1.2. Open the ”Sitemap” > “Settings” page on the dashboard.

1.3. You will see the “Sitemap Settings page.

2. Settings

Use the options of the “Settings” page to make the global settings for the plugin.

Note: Sitemap.xml file is added automatically after plugin installation.

2.1. Robots.txt

Enable the “Robot.txt” option to make the sitemap XML file noticeable for search engines.


2.1.1. Open the “Settings> “Reading Settingspage.

2.1.2 Disable the “Search Engine Visibility” option to discourage search engines from indexing the site. Click the “Save Changes” button.


2.2. Media sitemap

Enable the “Media Sitemap” option to make media files (images and videos) visible for search engines.


2.3. Change Frequency

Use the “Change Frequency” option to inform search engines about the content changing frequency on the website.

2.4. External Sitemap Update Frequency

Use the “External Sitemap Update Frequency” option to set the external sitemap update frequency in days.

2.5. URLs Limit

Use the “Urls Limit” option to set the maximum number of URLs available in a single sitemap file.


Note: As a rule, a sitemap file can't contain more than 50,000 URLs and must be no larger than 50 MB uncompressed. By reaching the URL limit the plugin will split the sitemap into multiple files.

2.6. Google Webmaster Tools

Use the “Google Webmaster Tools” option to log in and authorize your website with Google Webmaster Tools.

Note: If the Sitemap.xml file already exists, it is highly recommended to complete this step!

2.6.1. Click the Get Authorization Code button to add your website to the Google Webmaster Tools service.


2.6.2. You will see the authorization code after a successful authorization.

2.6.3. Copy the code, paste it into the field, and click the “Authorize” button.

2.6.4. If you have some problems with adding a sitemap to Google automatically using Google Sitemap by Bestwebsoft plugin (e.x. “Invalid authorization code”) it is possible to do it manually.

2.6.5. Make sure that the sitemap file is created by following the link on the information section.

2.6.6. Make sure, that the “Sitemap.xml” file is in a site, for example, using FileZilla, or using your hosting file manager.

2.6.7. Go to https://search.google.com/search-console/ and click the “Start now” button. Login to your Google account if necessary

2.6.8. Enter the domain or URL of your website and click the “Continue” button.

 

2.6.9. In the next window click the “Download the file” button.

2.6.10. Select the folder for downloading and click the “Save” button.

2.6.11. Copy the obtained file with the name googlexxx.html (xxx – is the personal number assigned to your site by Google) to the root directory of your site, where the “sitemap.xml” file is also located.

2.6.12. Go back to Google Search Console and click the “Verify” button.

Note: If you see a “Page not found” message it means that the googlexxx.html file is in the wrong folder.

          If you see an “Access denied” message it means that googlexxx.html doesn’t have enough permissions. Please make use of the following documentation provided by Wordpress.org - Changing File Permissions

2.7. Manage Website with Google Webmaster Tools

After successful authorization, you will be able to add, delete and get information about your website from Google Webmaster Tools right from the “Settings” page.

2.7.1. Click the “Add” button to add your site to Google Webmaster Tools and verify it. The window with verification status will appear next to the option.

2.7.2. To display info from Google Webmaster Tools click the “Get info” button.

2.8. Alternative Language Pages

Enable the “Alternative Language Pages” option to add pages in other languages to the sitemap. You need to install the “Multilanguage by BestWebSoft” plugin first.


3. Structure

Use the “Sitemap Structure tab to define pages and posts that you want to include or remove from the sitemap file.

3.1. Post Types

Enable default post types (such as posts and pages) to include them in the sitemap file.

3.2. Taxonomies

Enabling the taxonomies will provide an additional path to your posts, thus increasing the chances of your content being found by users.

4. Miscellaneous Settings

Use the options of the “Miscellaneous Settings” tab to make the settings regarding the track usage and default settings.

4.1. Track usage

Enable the “Track Usage” option to allow tracking plugin usage anonymously.

4.2. Default Settings

Click the “Restore Settings” button to cancel all the adjustments that have been made previously.


5. License Key

Use the “License Key” tab to activate or check the Pro plugin license.

5.1. Pro License

After a successful plugin purchase, you will receive an email notification with a download link and a license key. Activate Pro license by adding a license key into the field and click the “Save Changes” button.

5.2. Check License Key

To check the license key, click the “Check license key” button. If the key is valid the following message “The license key is valid. Your license will expire on XXXX-XX-XX”.

5.3. Manage License Settings

Use the “Manage License Settings” option to change your license settings. Click the “Login to Client Area” button to open your personal Client Area dashboard located on the https://bestwebsoft.com/ website. Browse and download purchased products, change the license domain and copy the license keys. 

6. Custom Links

Use the “Custom links” page to add custom links into your sitemap, making them visible for search engines.

6.1. Open the “Custom Links” page.

6.2. Click the “Add New” button.

6.3. Copy the necessary URL and paste it into the field.

6.4. Enable the “Sitemap” option to include the custom URL into the sitemap.



6.5. Set the priority and change frequency of the custom URL.


6.6. Click the “Save” button.

Thank you!

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