Sitemap.xml -redirect to sitemap_index.xml in plugin oder cp


I don’t know if this is the right place to ask whether the redirect from sitemap.xml to wp-sitemap.xml should first be done via the redirection tool from the plugin to index_sitemap.xml or whether it should already be done better in cp itself.

Then maybe another question :-):

So far I have created the sitemap.xml with screaming-frog. However, I think the option via the SEO plugin is nicer (the division into pages, posts and tags…) or more practical (faster) for various reasons. What would you advise: is the route via screaming-frog e.g. B. preferable for performance reasons?

Thanks for help and suggestions!


You can put this in your root .htaccess file, somewhere above the default entry.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/sitemap(.*)$
RewriteRule .* /wp-sitemap.xml [R=301,L]

With the default entry I mean this section, which is automatically created by ClassicPress.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]

# add a trailing slash to /wp-admin
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?wp-admin$ $1wp-admin/ [R=301,L]

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