Word Press Sitemaps: Traditional

To maximize the value of the Word Press XML sitemap, you’ll want to install a traditional sitemap for your visitors. Not only will this traditional sitemap make it easy for them to navigate your blog but also will direct the search engine spiders to your XML sitemap which is in a language they love.

Dagon Sitemap

We’ll be using the Dagon Sitemap plug-in for our discussion. This plug-in is easily customizable from its own options page. Some of its features are:

  • Support for multi-level categories and pages
  • Ability to exclude categories or pages
  • Multiple page geneartion with navigation
  • Permalink support
  • You can choose what to display, the order, whether to display comments and/or post dates plus more

Once you have the plug-in installed and activated* go to the ‘settings’. Again the settings may be accessible from the Plug-in page or under the Settings category on the WP Dashboard depending on your WP theme.

Once you are in the settings you can change options if you choose.  As before, most of the time the default options will work. However, to get the maximum benefit from having both an XML sitemap and a regular sitemap you will need to input the location of your XML sitemap so a link will display on the pages of the Dagon sitemap. This is very good for search engine optimization because once the robots find your Dagon sitemap it will lead them to your XML sitemap.

You will also have the option for the XML sitemap to be displayed at the bottom of every page (of the Dagon sitemap) or at the end of the last page of the Dagon sitemap. I would opt for every page to maximize search engine exposure.

To have the XML sitemap display you will need to get the location from the settings page on the Google XML Sitemap settings.

All you need to do is copy the code shown and paste it into the “Full path for XML sitemap” on the Dagon settings/options page.

Once you’ve made your changes, update options by clicking on ‘Update’ at the bottom of the page.

How to Display your Sitemap

Great . . .  you’ve got your Dagon sitemap options set – including the link to your Google XML sitemap… but how will people see it? Well – really they can’t, that is until you create a page to display it. To do this, go to your WP Dashboard and under ‘Pages’ select ‘Add New’.

Here you will give the page a name, ie., Sitemap – and insert a bit of HTML code. You get this short code from the Dagon website. Once inserted into the body of the new page, your new sitemap can be seen by anyone clicking on that page.

To get the code, go to the top of the Dagon plug-in Settings page where you’ll see ‘For information and updates, please visit:” – click on the link below. This will take you to the Dagon website. Scroll down until you see ‘Installation’. You don’t need to follow any of the instructions but just copy the bit of code shown:

Return to the new WP page you are creating for your sitemap and using the HTML tab (not the Visual), paste the code you just copied into the body of the page. Your page is now  ready to publish.

If everything is working correctly, you should see a link on your blog’s home page to your new Sitemap. On viewing your newly created sitemap page, if you selected to show your XML site map either at the bottom of every page of the Dagon sitemap or at the end of its last page – you’ll see the link(s) to your XML sitemap as well.

Basic Word Press Account

Word Press is a user-friendly platform with hundreds of plug-ins and widgets available. Installing basic Word Press to your .com is easy as 1-2-3 . . .  especially with a Host Gator account.

  1. Log in to your cPanel
  2. Go to Fantastico (Software/Services)
  3. Select WordPress, Install to your  .com or domain folder

Having a stand-alone Word Press blog is recommended especially if you plan on using it for business purposes.

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* To install a plug-in, simply click on ‘Install’ once you’ve located the plug-in you want. WP will automatically download, unzip and install the plug-in – and notify you on completion. Once you see ‘successfully installed’ on the screen, you can ‘activate’ the plug-in. This can be done from the same screen or you can activate (or deactivate) from the WP Dashboard Plug-in page.

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