Very Simple Meta Description



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 when listing search results.

You can also use the 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. 320 characters.

Extra settings

  • Use the meta description for homepage only
  • Use the 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 “Excerpt” box.

The “Excerpt” can be used as meta description for that post or page.


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

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

The “Product short description” can be used as meta description for that product.


Please take a look at the FAQ section.


Not included but plugin supports WordPress language packs.

More translations are very welcome!


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



  • Very Simple Meta Description (dashboard).
  • Very Simple Meta Description (page excerpt).
  • Very Simple Meta Description (WooCommerce product excerpt).


Please check Description section for installation info.


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 320 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 every post and page is not SEO friendly.

Why no excerpt box while adding a post or page?

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

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 uninstall.

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 at my website.

Other question or comment?

Please open a topic in plugin forum.


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.


“Very Simple Meta Description” has been translated into 10 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Very Simple Meta Description” into your language.

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Version 4.6

  • fixed PHP 7.2 warning in case of an empty page excerpt (thanks Nick)
  • using mb_strlen() instead of strlen() for the character counter
  • now counter supports all UTF-8 characters
  • minor textual change

Version 4.5

  • readme file: removed donate link
  • updated theme author info
  • credits in changelog: removed all full names (because of the GDPR)

Version 4.4

  • tagline is not used as meta description anymore
  • this was used when meta description field was empty
  • removed this because a tagline is too short to be used as meta description

Version 4.3

  • increased meta description length from 160 to 320 characters (thanks kawaiikawaii)
  • why? because Google increased this length at the end of 2017
  • redesigned the settingspage

Version 4.2

  • several small adjustments in file vsmd
  • updated readme file

For all versions please check file changelog.