Where is the Yoast Sitemap?

After installing the Yoast plugin on WordPress, one confusing thing is how to find the sitemap.

Yoast sitemap resides at /sitemap_index.xml relative to your WordPress installation directory.

If you installed WordPress in the root of your website, the sitemap URL will be https://yoursite.com/sitemap_index.xml.

If you installed it on a subdirectory, the URL will be https://yoursite.com/folder/sitemap_index.xml.

Once you visit that link, you’ll see an HTML page. However, when bots crawl it Yoast will send an XML page.

Yoast Sitemap
Yoast Sitemap

This HTML page is called a sitemap index, a collection of sitemaps. Sitemap indexes are used to split large sitemaps into small ones. So, Yoast uses them keeping scaling in mind.

If you click on a link in the sitemap index, you’ll find the actual sitemaps with URLs to your posts.

I hope it solved your “Where is the Yoast sitemap” question. If you have any thoughts feel free to comment below.

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