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WordPress SEO Tamer


WordPress SEO by Yoast is a fantastic plugin for optimising your site’s search engine performance. The only problem is that it makes a mess of your WordPress dashboard by adding columns, meta boxes and custom fields that can be very confusing for you and your clients. These additional items are great for SEO power-users, but for the average joe they just get in the way and make your dashboard difficult to use, especially if you have a smaller screen.

“WordPress SEO Tamer” fixes this problem by giving you options to remove all of the admin columns, meta boxes and custom fields that are generated by WordPress SEO itself. If you don’t configure any of the options and just activate the plugin, then you’ll enjoy an instantly cleaner WordPress dashboard without losing any of the other useful functionality provided by WordPress SEO. Alternatively, you can configure the plugin to only hide the WordPress SEO elements on selected post types and taxonomies.

This plugin is great for:

  • Removing fields, boxes & columns that would otherwise confuse you and your clients
  • De-cluttering your WordPress dashboard, but not losing the power of WordPress SEO’s great background features

Want to contribute? Fork the GitHub repository.

“What a dumb plugin.” – Joost de Valk (Yoast)


  • Before & after views of the posts list table
  • Before & after views of the post edit screen
  • Before & after views of the taxonomy edit screen
  • The settings available in the plugin
  • The location of the WordPress SEO Tamer settings page in the admin menu


Installing “WordPress SEO Tamer” can be done either by searching for “WordPress SEO Tamer” via the “Plugins > Add New” screen in your WordPress dashboard, or by using the following steps:

  1. Download the plugin via
  2. Upload the ZIP file through the ‘Plugins > Add New > Upload’ screen in your WordPress dashboard
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


What do you have against Yoast?

Nothing at all – I just don’t like the huge amount of dashboard clutter that his WordPress SEO plugin generates. A clean dashboard is a happy dashboard.

Doesn’t this plugin just remove all of WordPress SEO’s important functions?

It depends how you use WordPress SEO. If you like all of the background functions (meta data, titles, sitemap, etc.), but don’t use the post-specific functions then you’ll find this plugin useful. However, if you like to customise your SEO info for each post, then this plugin is not for you.

Can’t I just hide the SEO columns and boxes using the Screen Options tab?

Yes you can (although you can’t hide the fields on the taxonomy edit screen that way), but if you’re building sites for clients then this plugin will allow you to do that without having to explain Screen Options to each of them. The Screen Options tab is largely unused and when dealing with clients who don’t use WordPress very often, it’s very handy to have these columns and boxes hidden by default for them.


Actually would have a use for this…

I could use using this plugin if you wanted to keep other admins out of the WordPress SEO control settings and not necessary spam them with Yoast caricatures.

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Contributors & Developers

“WordPress SEO Tamer” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • 2015-01-15
  • Taking out ad removal feature (because I’m not unreasonable)


  • 2014-12-11
  • Fixing saving of settings when all checkboxes are unchecked


  • 2014-09-25
  • Adding options for selecting which post types and taxonomies the plugin will have an effect on


  • 2014-09-22
  • Removing ads from the WordPress SEO settings pages


  • 2014-09-20
  • Initial release #boom