Dynamic sitemap with PHP

30 Apr 2016 00:00

I needed to create a sitemap for my blog. Upon googling I learned that every single blog post I make needs to be in that sitemap, so I took my Archive page, which basically lists all my blog posts and modified it a little:

include 'lib/getPostData.php';
header('Content-type: text/xml');
echo '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>';
echo '<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">';

    $dir = 'posts/';
    $content = array_diff(scandir($dir), array('..', '.', '.htaccess'));
    natcasesort($content); // Sort content
    foreach (array_reverse($content) as $c) {
        $number = preg_split("/[\s,.]+/", $c);
        $path = $dir . $c;
        echo '<url><loc>' . getPostData($path, "link") . '</loc></url>';

    echo '<url><loc>http://lambdan.se</loc></url>';

    echo '</urlset>';

Ofcourse, depending on how your blog works it will be different. For mine I have a getPostData.php which you could say is the core of my blog. It allows me to get links, content, teasers, images, etc. from my Markdown files.

Anyway, the principle is:

Save it as sitemap.php. Now you need to modify your .htaccess, to add a RewriteRule that will make /sitemap.xml into /sitemap.php:

RewriteRule ^sitemap\.xml sitemap.php

And done! You can see my sitemap by going to http://lambdan.se/sitemap.xml


Upon posting this post I noticed that I got redirected to my sitemap.xml for some reason when I clicked the permalink to this post. The original title of the post was "Dynamic sitemap.xml with PHP", so I removed the .xml part and now it works. You can still see the same bug by going to something like: http://lambdan.se/94/random-string-sitemap-xml

I guess the sitemap rewriterule gets triggered on sitemap-xml too.

Update 2

Thanks to help from Twitter the above issue was fixed and I updated the RewriteRule in the guide accordingly.