Sometimes you may be looking for finding number of pages on a website. It could be your own or someone’s website or even a competitor’s site that you wanted to check. If it is your own site, it is easy to find the number of pages by looking into your content management system. If the site is not yours then you may get approximate pages with some simple tricks. Here we will check out three ways to find number of pages on a website.
1. XML Sitemap
The XML Sitemap is the precise way to count the number if pages easily without much effort. Since the Sitemap is accessible to all users, you use this method for any website. Once you have the site URL, open the Sitemap on the browser using one of the below URLs:
http://sitename.com/sitemap.xml – For a site having single Sitemap.
http://sitename.com/sitemap_index.xml – For a site having multiple Sitemaps.
If the site uses advanced Sitemap plugins (like Yoast WordPress SEO) the count of URLs under each Sitemap will be shown.
If the count is not shown on the Sitemap then you may need to count manually either one by one or copy the XML to Excel sheet and count it. You can also use online Sitemap or broken link checker tools for this purpose when size of the site is smaller.
- Use XML Sitemap generator tool to get the list of URLs on a site. The free version will work for the site having less than 500 pages.
- Use online broken link check tool to see number of pages with the free version having limit of 3000
2. Using site: Operator
Open Google search and enter the below search query by replacing the site name with yours:
You will see the results like below with the number of indexed pages in Google. Though this may not be the actual count of webpages on a site, it gives an idea of number of indexed pages on Google.
3. Search Console
Similar to “site:” operator, Google Search Console has a option to see the total number of indexed pages on Google. But you need to be a verified owner of the site in order to use Search Console or the owner should invite you to access the data. Once in Search Console account, navigate to “Google Index > Index Status” menu to see the total number of indexed pages.
Total number of indexed pages on Google search and Search Console includes different types of pages on a site. For example, a single URL can be indexed via direct URL, category, tag, archives, etc. and result in appearing multiple times on search engines. You can also view the details of total submitted and indexed pages from the XML Sitemap submitted to Google under “Crawl > Sitemap” section of Search Console account.