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How to Remove the Sitemap Author in WordPress

Why Remove the Sitemap Author?

The sitemap author provides information about who created the sitemap. While this might seem harmless, it can reveal that your site is powered by WordPress, making it a target for theme detectors and hackers.

Additionally, the sitemap author does not contribute to SEO, so removing it won’t negatively impact your site’s search engine performance.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. In your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Hide My WP > Tweaks > Feed & Sitemap.
  2. Activate the option Change Paths in Sitemaps XML to load the support for Sitemap in Hide My WP Ghost.
  3. Now, activate the Remove the sitemap style & author name option.

Activating Remove the sitemap style & author name removes the sitemap style and author name and loads the standard view of the sitemap.

Activating Change Paths in Sitemaps XML changes the image paths in the Sitemap XML This ensures that Google indexes the new image paths, enhancing your site’s security without affecting your SEO.

After making the necessary adjustments, scroll down and click Save Changes to apply the new settings.