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Adding a HTML Sitemap to WordPress

Updated on May 22, 2016

WP Sitemap Page

Finding a plugin

Many people live and swear by the SEO plugin provided by Yoast. If you don't already use this plugin with your WordPress blog then I highly recommend that you install it. It is a great tool for optimising your blog's content. The Yoast SEO plugin does add XML sitemaps to your blog - but it does not provide functionality for a HTML sitemap.

Today we will be installing the WP Sitemap Page plugin by Tony Archambeau. The latest release was ten months ago, although it seems to be running just fine on the latest version of WordPress - 4.5.2 at the time of writing.

Installing the WP Sitemap Page plugin

From within your WordPress admin, navigate to Plugins > Add New and search for "WP Sitemap Page". Install the plugin that matches that of the image above, or install it manually by uploading the contents of the downloadable zip file. Once the plugin has installed successfully we must create a new page to implement a WordPress shortcode.

Navigate to the pages tab within the WordPress sidebar and select "Add New". For the title we recommend choosing something simple like "Sitemap" - it does what it says on the tin right?

Adding a page

Shortcode

[wp_sitemap_page]

Implementing the sitemap

After you have created the page the only content you need to add is the WP Sitemap Page shortcode. However, you can add additional content if you so desire. Copy the code from the right and paste it into your new page's content. Save the page and that's it. You now have a fully working HTML sitemap.

Now it's up to you to add the page to on of your theme's menus.

Summary

Hopefully this Hub page has proved useful and will aid your blog to the increased recognition that it deserves.

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