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Google News XML Sitemap Plugin for WordPress


The Google News XML Sitemap plugin automatically generates a Google News XML sitemap ( whenever a post is created, updated or deleted. This sitemap needs to be submitted once to Google via Google Webmaster’s Tools.

This plugin allows you to include/exclude posts, pages and categories in the Google News sitemap, as well as includes post tags as news keywords.

This plugin also follows Google News’ latest (non-deprecated) format and guidelines:

  • 50,000 post limit
  • Only includes posts from last 2 days
  • Includes PUBLICATION_NAME and other Google News-specific formatting

Unlike other sitemap generators, this plugin does not require any coding expertise and can be easily configured with just a couple of clicks.

More info:

  • More info on [Google News XML Sitemap Plugin] @ (
  • Example of generated sitemap @ Chicago Press Release Services



  • fixed issues some users reported with plugin not automatically generating with some publishing processes.
  • plugin now allows webmasters to include/exclude pages and post categories in sitemap.
  • simplified unecessary code, plugin now uses fewer server processes when generating sitemap.


  • sitemap populates post tags as news article keywords.
  • fixed coding inconsistencies, improved plugin stability.


  • htmlspecialchars added in title tag.
  • graphic upgrade of admin interface.
  • news sitemap automatically pings Google Webmaster tools.


  • Fixed genres select option bug.
  • graphic upgrade of admin interface.


Download, Upgrade and Installation:


  1. Upload the file to WordPress.


  1. Visit plugins page in the WP-admin area of your Web site
  2. Activate Google News XML Sitemap plugin and configuration page will appear in the settings menu


  1. Update the Google News XML Sitemap plugin as soon as new versions become available
  2. Deactivate the current version of Google News XML Sitemap
  3. Delete deactivated plugin
  4. Reinstall updated version of Google News XML Sitemap plugin

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Contributors & Developers

“Google News XML Sitemap Plugin for WordPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.