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 also use the custom post and page excerpt or the WooCommerce “Product short description” as meta description.

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
  • Use the WooCommerce “Product short description” as meta description

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.

WooCommerce

This plugin also supports post type “products” which is used by WooCommerce.

While adding a product you can set an excerpt using the “Product short description” box.

The “Product 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 page excerpt).
  • Very Simple Meta Description (WooCommerce product excerpt).

Installation

Please check Description section for installation info.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Please check Description section for installation info.

How do I set plugin language?

Plugin will use the site language, set in Settings > General.

If plugin isn’t translated into this language, language fallback will be English.

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.

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.

Where are the Open Graph and Twitter Cards settings?

I have removed both features in version 4.1 because they don’t have much to do with a meta description.

You can remove the Open Graph and Twitter Cards settings from the database by uninstalling plugin.

If you want to keep using this plugin afterwards, please reinstall plugin again. In this case don’t forget to backup your meta description before uninstal.

Can I use this plugin with other SEO plugins?

You should not use a plugin or theme that contains a meta description feature. This might cause a conflict.

Or at least do not activate this feature 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

“Very Simple Meta Description” has been translated into 8 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

Version 4.2

  • several small adjustments in file vsmd
  • updated readme file

Version 4.1

  • as mentioned before: removed support for Open Graph and Twitter Cards
  • new: activate post and page excerpt or product excerpt separately
  • updated all files

Version 4.0

  • In next version I will remove support for Open Graph and Twitter Cards
  • Why? Because both features don’t have much to do with a meta description
  • And the amount of users did not increase after adding both features
  • best practice: removed closing PHP tag from most files
  • best practice: added newline at end of most files

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

For all versions please check file changelog.