[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #51233: Remove "wp-" Prefix From /wp-sitemap.xml

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Fri Sep 4 15:33:09 UTC 2020

#51233: Remove "wp-" Prefix From /wp-sitemap.xml
 Reporter:  teamdnk      |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal       |   Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  Sitemaps     |     Version:  5.5.1
 Severity:  normal       |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  needs-patch  |     Focuses:

Comment (by teamdnk):

 > Would you be able to post some of the user-agents of those requests, so
 as to determine if it's widespread for legitimate search engine indexers
 to ignore the robots header?

 Currently, we have our sitemap located at `/sitemap.xml` so I don't have
 any recent logs but `bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm` is one
 that requested the sitemap from a different location than what was
 specified in robots.txt.

 I would like to say that the core XML Sitemap component was originally
 developed using `/sitemap.xml` which is the natural approach. It was
 changed after [https://github.com/GoogleChromeLabs/wp-sitemaps/issues/128,
 128] was submitted which has an understandable reason. We always prefer
 extending the core functionality before grafting anything into it so it
 was exciting to see xml sitemaps developed. It makes sense that the core
 should use `/sitemap.xml` instead of bending around existing plugins
 (especially if there is another way to be backwards compatible).

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/51233#comment:5>
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