Does one thing: disables the automatic WP Sitemaps.
Activate this plugin to disable the auto-generated WP Sitemaps (added in WordPress v5.5).
- Lightweight – only one line of code.
- Simple to use – activate and done.
- No settings to worry about.
- Easy peasy.
Also stops WordPress from adding a sitemap rule to the virtual robots.txt file.
Why is this useful?
Because there are plugins that already implement sitemaps, and those plugins are used by a LOT of people. So all those sites with existing sitemaps will have TWO sets of sitemaps when upgraded to WP 5.5. Duplicate sets of sitemaps are discouraged as they may confuse the search engines. You don’t want to confuse the search engines, do you. So with WP 5.5 and beyond, you can either remove your existing sitemap solution or install this plugin to disable the WP-generated sitemap. Or maybe you have a site that does not need a sitemap. Or maybe you just don’t want a sitemap, that’s your business pal. Whatever the reason, this plugin will do the job with a click.
You can check your WP Sitemap located at
Your sitemap should look similar to this.
For more information about the new WP Sitemaps functionality:
This plugin does not collect or store any user data. It does not set any cookies, and it does not connect to any third-party locations. Thus, this plugin does not affect user privacy in any way.
This plugin is developed and maintained by Jeff Starr, 10-year WordPress developer, security specialist, and book author.
Support development of this plugin
I develop and maintain this free plugin with love for the WordPress community. To show support, you can make a donation or purchase one of my books:
- The Tao of WordPress
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Installing the plugin
Activate like any other plugin and done. There are no settings, works automatically.
More info on installing WP plugins
To uninstall/remove the plugin, visit the Plugins screen, deactivate and delete the plugin. This plugin makes no changes to the WP database.
Got a question?
Send any questions or feedback via my contact form
Contributors & Developers
“Disable WP Sitemaps” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
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- Updates some links to external resources
- Tests on WordPress 5.9
- Tests on WordPress 5.8
- Tests on PHP 7.4 and 8.0
- Tests on WordPress 5.7
- Tests on PHP 7.4 and 8.0
- Tests on WordPress 5.6
- Refines readme/documentation
- Tests on WordPress 5.5
- Initial release