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Create XML Sitemap Using PHP

Last Updated : Jul 1, 2023

IN - PHP | Written & Updated By - Riya

In this tutorial we will show you how to create sitemap using PHP, Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling.

In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL like when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.

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Create XML Sitemap Using PHP

To Create XML Sitemap It Takes Only One Step:-

  1. Make a PHP file to create sitemap

Step 1. Make a PHP file to create sitemap

We make a PHP file and save it with a name sitemap.php

// Sample Structure Of XML Sitemap
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="">
  <loc> </loc>

// Database Structure 
 'link' text NOT NULL,
 'date' text NOT NULL,


header('Content-type: application/xml');
$get_result=mysql_query("select * from post");

echo "<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>"."\n";
echo "<urlset xmlns=''>"."\n";

echo "

 echo "<url>";
 echo "<loc>".$row['link']."</loc>";
 echo "<lastmod>".$row['date']."</lastmod>";
 echo "<changefreq>daily</changefreq>";
 echo "</url>";

echo "</urlset>";


In this step we create a database called 'post' and insert our post link and date created and then write proper header to display xml file in browser.

Then we write structure of sitemap and get all the post link and date and insert in our sitemap after that we display the sitemap and copy all the text from browser and create a file 'sitemap.xml' and insert the copied text to it.

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That's all, this is how to create xml sitemap using PHP. You can customize this code further as per your requirement. And please feel free to give comments on this tutorial.

I hope this tutorial on php xml sitemap helps you and the steps and method mentioned above are easy to follow and implement.

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A recent graduate with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Computer Science from India. She is passionate about leveraging technology to solve real-world problems. With a strong foundation and experience in programming languages such as Python, Django, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, java, php and have honed her skills through hands-on projects and coursework.

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