Are sitemap generators really a good choice? It all depends on your website, if you have links to external sites or links to social networks (share / follow), then I would say that it is not good to use a sitemap generator. Since any links are included in this sitemap that I have just named and that would not be so cheap compared to Google. You would risk adding too many URLs to your sitemap if you use a generator that does not create a sitemap index or sort it (which is hard for a tool). This would write everything in a file, which would not be bad until 50,000 URLs. But you waste space, in the sitemap have the URLs named above and nothing more to look for.
No control over the sitemap
You have no control and you will have a good red (error) line in your Search Console, because these URLs are for the most part not indexed and you are even devalued by Google therefore. At home you clean up when something is lying around and here it is just as the tools that show you mistakes, they show you not only so, but so that you remove the errors. Why ? Because the bots are prevented from doing your job properly.
Or do you like to work on a full desk?
Just for fun, I used a sitemap generator and thought of it as a developer "Oh shiiiit". So you better leave the fingers of such tools. Because you want to generate a sitemap you create a "collector" so a (garbage) collector :)
How to use Sitemaps in general?
Do something with sitemaps and maybe a small sitemap will be enough for your small website and you can prevent the above mentioned impurities.
If you are using a CMS system then check if there is a good plugin (extension) for it, so read the details, because not every plugin is good.
Plugin / Extension should e.g. bring this:
- You should be able to choose which
- pages or posts come into the sitemap
- The sitemap should update itself automatically
- Should provide various options, such as optional
- Work without errors
- And much more...
Should you bring knowledge that goes beyond what I have just mentioned. So of course you can create and filter your own Dynamic Sitemap.