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WordPress SEO by Yoast XML sitemap Error

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Sometimes the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin fails to generate an XML sitemap. I’ve come across this a few times when applying it to different sites. It happens when going to SEO > XML Sitemaps > “XML Sitemap” simply brings up a 404 page. Here is a quick fix that’s worked for me every time (so far). It’s originally from this thread

Simply paste this into the top of your .htaccess file:

# WordPress SEO - XML Sitemap Rewrite Fix
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^sitemap_index\.xml$ /index.php?sitemap=1 [L]
RewriteRule ^([^/]+?)-sitemap([0-9]+)?\.xml$ /index.php?sitemap=$1&sitemap_n=$2 [L]
</IfModule>
# END WordPress SEO - XML Sitemap Rewrite Fix

Then make sure to go into settings > permalinks > Save Changes (save it twice). That will reset your permalinks. That stumped me at first when it didn’t work after applying the code.

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