I’ve always backed Arne’s Google Sitemap generator plugin and the reasons are pretty obvious, it’s one of the only XML sitemap generator that follows the guidelines of Sitemaps.org, an noble idea to build standard sitemaps and is supported by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. However, it is highly criticized because of the high memory usage.
I myself pay almost double amount of dollars for running this plugin as many shared hosting companies tend to charge you more, if the resources used by your hosted websites are more than allowed limit. Even though I was feeling the frustration of paying lot of money just for running this script, I had no choice as there was no good alternative.
Thanks to ixiter for developing equally good plugin, however with no configurable options. The plugin generates the xml based sitemap and uses far less memory. The idea of creating the plugin came just because even he was feeling the frustration of high memory usage by Arne’s Sitemap Generator.
Simple Google Sitemap is now on my list of “must have plugins” and replaces the much loved and respected plugin by Arne. Google XML Sitemap plugin will always be one of my favorites, however it will be even better if it starts to be kind of the amount of memory it uses.