Very Simple Meta Description

Description

About

This is a very simple plugin to add meta description in the header of your WordPress website.

Search engines such as Google and Bing use the meta description in their search results.

You can set a custom post or page excerpt that will be used as meta description for that post or page.

This plugin supports the required Open Graph and Twitter Cards tags.

How to use

After installation go to Settings > Meta Description and enter a meta description of max. 160 characters.

If no meta description is entered the tagline will be used.

Extra settings

  • Use the meta description for homepage only
  • Use the custom post and page excerpt as meta description
  • Activate and set Open Graph tags
  • Activate and set Twitter Cards tags

Post and page excerpt

An excerpt is a summary of your post or page content.

The excerpt is already available for posts and with this plugin it becomes available for pages as well.

While adding a post or page you can set an excerpt using the custom excerpt box.

The custom excerpt will be used as meta description for that post or page.

Open Graph

Open Graph offers a sharing integration between your website and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

This plugin supports the required Open Graph tags.

  • site_name = site title
  • type = type of page: “website” (default), “article” (post) or “product”
  • title = post or page title (and in case of frontpage, homepage or archivepage: site title)
  • url = post or page URL (and in case of frontpage, homepage or archivepage: homepage URL)
  • description = meta description, tagline (if no meta description is set) or custom excerpt (if set)
  • image = featured image or a default image (if set)

Twitter Cards

With Twitter Cards you can attach page or post content to tweets, helping to drive traffic to your website.

This plugin supports the required Twitter Cards tags.

  • card = type of content: “summary”
  • site = your Twitter username

Twitter Cards uses Open Graph tags. This means that Open Graph should be activated too.

WooCommerce

This plugin also supports post type “products” which is used by WooCommerce (and other e-commerce plugins).

This means that the custom product excerpt (short description) will be used as meta description for that product.

Question?

Please take a look at the FAQ section.

Translation

Not included but plugin supports WordPress language packs.

More translations are very welcome!

Credits

Without the WordPress codex and help from the WordPress community I was not able to develop this plugin, so: thank you!

Enjoy!

Screenshots

  • Very Simple Meta Description (dashboard).
  • Very Simple Meta Description (custom excerpt).
  • Very Simple Meta Description (head section).

Installation

Installation info is moved to Description section because of the new plugin directory.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Installation info is moved to Description section because of the new plugin directory.

Why did you set the max. amount on 160 characters?

Otherwise your meta description might not be fully displayed in search results.

Why use meta description for homepage only?

Using the same meta description for all posts and pages is not SEO friendly.

Search engines always index your homepage, because this is a very important page.

What is a custom excerpt?

You can find more info about this at the Description section.

Why no custom excerpt box while adding a post or page?

If these boxes are not present, they might be unchecked in Screen Options.

What do you mean with tagline?

This is the slogan or short description of your site. You can set this in Settings > General.

What is Open Graph?

You can find more info about this at the Description section.

What is Twitter Cards?

You can find more info about this at the Description section.

Can I use this plugin with other SEO plugins?

You should not use a plugin or theme that contains a meta description, Open Graph or Twitter Cards feature. This might cause a conflict.

Or at least do not activate those features in that plugin or theme.

How can I make a donation?

You like my plugin and you’re willing to make a donation? Nice! There’s a PayPal donate link on the WordPress plugin page and my website.

Other question or comment?

Please open a topic in plugin forum.

Reviews

Great for adding site description

Great for adding a site description quickly. However, Excerpt or Open Graph option seems not working. Although I turned them on, my post/pages had empty og:descriptions and meta-description.

Works perfectly

Simple plugin doing exactly what it is supposed to without bloat.
Maybe a button could be added to the Default Open Graph Image field, to select the image directly from the library instead of pasting its URL.

1 description duplicated sitewide = bad seo

it’s really foolish to stick a single meta description in the sitewide header template. that’s duplicate content so google knows immediately it’s poor quality. it will do more harm than good to your rankings.

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Contributors & Developers

“Very Simple Meta Description” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

Version 3.9

  • fixed bug in open graph tag (description) on homepage
  • it always printed the tagline, never the meta description

Version 3.8

  • minor textual changes
  • updated file vsmd

Version 3.7

  • increased meta description length from 150 to 160 characters
  • minor textual changes
  • updated file vsmd
  • updated readme file

Version 3.6

  • file vsmd: disable direct access to file

For all versions please check file changelog.