Simple Sitemaps for Multisite

Easily generate sitemaps for your Multisite network each time a user publishes a new post.

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Simple Sitemaps for Multisite is quick and easy to set up.

simple sitemaps for multisite is an easy yet incredibly effective and lightweight automatic sitemap generator all set up and ready to go for Multisite.

The generator will automatically create sitemaps for every site in your network, which will then be submitted to search engines like Google and updated each time a user publishes a new post.

Simple Sitemaps for Multisite

Quickly and easily create a sitemap for your Multisite network.

For sites with regular, multiple postings, XML sitemaps are a shortcut for search engines to identify the new content and index it accordingly.

Help boost your SEO with Simple Sitemaps for Multisite.

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For help with installing plugins please refer to our Plugin installation guide.

1: Install the Simple Sitemaps for Multisite Plugin.

2: Move sitemap.php from simple-sitemaps folder to wp-content folder on your site.

Upload php file to wp-content folder

3: Download your .htaccess file onto your hard drive

Download .htacess file


4: Open up your .htaccess file using EditPlus and add the following to your .htaccess under the line that handles uploaded files:

RewriteRule ^(.*/)?sitemap.xml wp-content/sitemap.php [L]

Add RewriteRule to .htaccess file

IMPORTANT! Note the order of the new rule in the sample htaccess file:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index.php$ - [L]

# uploaded files
RewriteRule ^files/(.+) wp-includes/ms-files.php?file=$1 [L]

RewriteRule ^(.*/)?sitemap.xml wp-content/sitemap.php [L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^ - [L]
RewriteRule . index.php [L]

Note Nginx users should use the following rewrite rule instead of the above: rewrite ^/(.*/)?sitemap.xml /wp-content/sitemap.php last;

5: Save your .htaccess file. Upload your amended .htaccess file to your public_html folder and overwrite your existing file

Upload .htaccess to public html folder


  • Check to confirm that the .htaccess file has been overwritten by making sure the last modified date is the same as the file you’ve uploaded.
  • Some FTP clients have a hard time overwriting the .htaccess file and/or some servers are configured to not all the FTP client to overwrite the .htaccess file.

Checking htaccess file has been overwritten

If this happens you need to delete the file from the server and then upload the modified file.

Delete .htaccess file

6: Visit Network Admin -> Plugins and Network Activate it there.

How To Use :

Simple sitemaps plugin - Very simple and yet incredibly effective and lightweight automatic sitemap generator.

It automatically create sitemaps for every blog, that’ll then be submitted to Google and updated every time a new post is made.

You can check that your sitemaps have been created by going to: blog.domain.tld/sitemap.xml

Example of what sitemap.xml looks like

You can increase the number of items indexed by opening simple-sitemap.php in a text editor like Notepad++, and changing the number on this line:
var $totalposts = 25; // Number of posts to display
Note that if you edit the file in this way, that you will need to re-do that edit every time you update the plugin.

You can also add a define to your wp-config.php to prevent the plugin from serving up a cached version of your sitemap:
define('SIMPLE_SITEMAPS_USE_CACHE', false );

Simple ! Isn’t that ?

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