Can I put the_excerpt in my head <description> tag? (6 posts)

  1. Mark Bloomfield
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hi All..

    For SEO reasons, I'd like to be able to (when viewing a single article) have the excerpt of that article in my meta 'description' tag of the header.

    I assume there'd have to be a <?php ?> command that'll pull this in from the database..

    Can anyone guide me as to what this command would be??

    Thanks very much

  2. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 11 years ago #

    See this plugin of mine:


    Note it has two user variables now: $post_desc_length, which sets the length of the description in words; $post_use_excerpt, which tells the plugin to use the excerpt text if it exists, or force the use of the post's content at all times.

  3. Mark Bloomfield
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Perfect that works.. thanks Kafkaesqui...

    another question.. you mention i can set the amount of words etc.. how do i do that?? do you have an example line of code that'll show me my options??

    i have limited php knowledge..

    thank you :)

  4. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 11 years ago #

    If you can edit the plugin files online, go to Plugins > Plugin Editor in your WordPress admin pages, and select Head Meta Description*. Right after the

    function head_meta_desc() {

    line in the plugin, you'll see

    $post_desc_length = 20; // description length in # words

    Change the value of $post_desc_length to the number of words you want displayed in your description.

    * You can edit it offline as well, and then upload the modified version.

  5. Mark Bloomfield
    Posted 11 years ago #


    why'dn't i think of that.. :)

    another spanner in the works.. would it be possible to have a default description? for example on the index page, there is now no description because of the lack of a excerpt..

    any suggestions??

  6. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 11 years ago #

    A spanner? Nah...Actually, the script already outputs a description for:

    - posts and Pages => abbreviation of excerpt or content
    - category queries => category description
    - everything else => blog "tagline"

    Possibly the only things missing are the ability to override single posts/Pages with a custom field, and a different default description than the blog's tagline. Easy peasy:


    Version 0.4 now has 4 user-configurable variables:

    Default description (if set, will override use of blog tagline).

    Length in # of words for a post/Page description.

    1 (default) = use excerpt (if exists) for description. 0 = force use of content at all times.

    Custom field key; if exists, overrides use of excerpt/content for post/Page description.

    Have fun. :)

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