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Putting the Description Back Into Your WordPress Head

There is an extensive article in the WordPress Codex on how to add meta tags “back” into your WordPress templates, and explaining why they aren’t there to begin with. Now, Kafkaesqui’s Head Meta Description WordPress Plugin will help you easily add the post description or other description options back into your WordPress head area for meta tags.

It’s a brilliant plugin, giving you the option to set the meta tag description to be the default description on your blog set in the Options > General panel, use the excerpt on the posts if one exists, or create a custom field key to override post or Page excerpts for the description. You can even set the number of words in the description to be pulled from the excerpt or Blog description.

You can find more plugins to help you add more meta tag information to your blog on the WordPress Plugins List for Meta Plugins.

11 Comments

  1. Posted December 2, 2005 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    How do you add these tags to a wordpress.com blog ? Is it possible to even use plugins ?

  2. Posted December 2, 2005 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    See Categories Versus Tags, A Tagging Bookmarklet for WordPress.com users, and Adding Technorati Tags to WordPressMU blogs for the specifics on how I add these tags to my WordPress.com blog. It used to be manually, but now I use a bookmarklet, a little bit of javascript that allows me to enter these quick and easy.

    While you can use the above technique in the full version of WordPress, too, this is mainly for WordPress.com users or other sites hosting WordPressMU.

    As for plugins in wordpress.com, the answer is no. You want to use plugins, then get a hosted site and download the free full version of WordPress and you can do whatever you like. For free hosting, you get more than what you pay for, and that includes no plugin control. ;-) Remember, wordpress.com is a alpha (almost beta) test site for and the user’s ability to manipulate the environment is strictly controlled so the developers can problem solve the real problems and not the user created problems.

  3. Peter
    Posted November 27, 2007 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    Another good plugin for meta description and keywords, i like this one better: One Click Meta WordPress Plugin.

  4. Posted January 29, 2011 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    I have both the description and keyword meta tag plugins but they dont work.
    The description the search engines see is not what I typed in when the website was set up ?
    What can I do ?

    • Posted January 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Search engines don’t use meta tags any more, so skip that. If you are still playing the SEO game and not writing leading sentences in the first paragraph of your posts, then try WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast.

  5. Patrick Geeves
    Posted February 24, 2011 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    I downloaded the PHP program so I can open wordpress files but the PHP wont install?
    It came in a zipped folder which I extracted but I cant open any of them.
    Can you tell me how I can install it please?
    Patrick.

    • Posted February 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know what PHP program you are talking about. To edit the WordPress Theme, use a text editor of the built-in Theme editor.

    • Posted February 27, 2011 at 2:32 am | Permalink

      I cant open wordpress files without the PHP program so where can I download the program that actually installs ?

    • Posted February 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Okay, let me see if I can figure this out for you. There is no PHP program you need to work with WordPress. To install it manually, follow the instructions in the WordPress Codex for Installing WordPress. You need nothing more than a text editor and an FTP program.

      All the files in WordPress can be accessed and edited with a text editor (not word processor). However, there is no need to edit any file in WordPress except the wp-config.php. Edit it with a text editor per the instructions.

      WordPress will install with one click on many web hosts, however, not all install it right. The installation literally takes less than 5 minutes to do. Edit the config file, then upload the whole thing to your server and run the install.php through your browser. It’s done. No PHP program or anything special required other than FTP.

      Does that help? There are WordPress volunteer services that will install WordPress for you for free. Check the WordPress forum for current lists.

  6. Posted April 20, 2011 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Hello Lorelle, I opened the PHP wordpress files with notepad 2 and edited the configuration file for the meta description and keywords.
    I can find the link to upload them to the hosting service and they wont reply to my mail.
    I tried to upload the file as a plugin at wordpress where I login but it wont accept it due to wrong header.
    Patrick.

    • Posted April 20, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

      I’m really confused. You edited some WordPress Theme template files (those are the php files) on your server and now you can’t put them back with your FTP program? Or you edited them on your hard drive and now want to FTP them to your server? You must contact your web host for help in connecting your FTP program to your site. I can’t help you. These are not Plugins and must be put in the right directories. The may be able to help you more.


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