Please note: While I’m still maintaining this plugin, I highly recommend All in One SEO Pack. It’s backwards-compatible to Another Wordpress Meta Plugin and brings some new features.
This plugin allows you to specify META information, that is keywords and descriptions, for your posts and pages. Additional META keywords are derived from your categories. It works like this:
- Home page. The description from Options > Another Wordpress Meta Plugin is used. All keywords from all posts/pages that appear on the home page get output as meta keywords. It’s made sure they are unique.
- Single post/page. The description and keywords you specified when creating or editing the post/page get used. There is no default! Which is very important for staying out of duplicate pages trouble. (If several pages on a site have exactly the same keywords/description, some search engine consider this as duplicate, even when the rest of the pages differ. This could be considered a bug but it happened with Yahoo in 2004 to name one example).
- Categories. Description is taken from the category description, keywords are taken from ALL posts under that category (again made sure this collection is unique).
- You can have Technorati-style tags output at the end of your posts (enable this on the Options page). The default links will be to your search page but you can change that.
- Your post categories are now included in your META keywords! This is useful for people who prefer tagging with multiple or even lots of categories.
- Download the phps and save it as another_wordpress_meta_plugin.php in your wp-content/plugins folder. If you have a zipped distribution, just unzip it in the wp-content/plugins folder. In the latter case there will be a directory wp-content/plugins/another_wordpress_meta_plugin, under which there will be the file another_wordpress_meta_plugin.php. In the first case you’ll end up with the file wp-content/plugins/another_wordpress_meta_plugin.php. Both is OK.
- After downloading enable the plugin.
- When now editing/creating posts or pages you should see a section Meta Information below your text input field. There is also a entry under Options > Another Wordpress Meta Plugin where you can enter the description for your main page.
Below is probably outdated stuff, just for reference …
- Current version is 1.91, it’s 100% compatible with Wordpress 2.1.2 and should still work on Wordpress 2.1. If you need a version for older WP versions please leave feedback below. This version is experimental! You can add custom meta tags.
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- 1.91 It’s now possible to remove tags by not specifying them.
- 1.9 You can add your own custom meta tags (a discussion started by synformation.com and Dean Hamack)
- 1.8 Fixed the bug which let META tags disappear on comments.
- 1.7 META keywords now contain your categories (for those who use them for tagging). Options dialog (generate tags) fixed.
- 1.6 Optional generation of Technorati-style tags from your keywords at the end of posts
- 1.5 Fixed bug with quotes in description or keywords
- 1.4 Added some debug information
- 1.3 It’s compatible with the upcoming Wordpress 2.1.
Thanks for all your feedback, keep on!
Thanks a lot!
There were a lot of bugs fixed in the newest version:
- All descriptions and keywords can now have special chars like single quotes (thanks feshin!).
- When you just save a page (without publishing it) the meta stuff gets saved now too (thanks Kenny).
- Description now gets output before keywords. I still don’t know why this is better, but it was mentioned by Ibnu Asad and Sam.
The following is old historical stuff, don’t worry about it
(except for the comments of course!):
Yes, I think it was about time. I consider this as a heavily optimized META tags plugin based on the old xfish.
Update: Version 1.1 fixes two bugs from 1.0:
- Posts/Pages without any value in meta keywords/description got empty custom fields. Now they simply get NO custom fields unless you expressly set them.
- On displaying posts/pages without meta keywords/descriptions the default values were not written. This is fixed. Thanks to de for pointing that out (see comments below).
This is old stuff! Please scroll to the top to download the latest phps!
Download: Version 1.1 (.zip)
View: Version 1.1 (.phps)
Installation: As with all Wordpress plugins, just take the downloaded ZIP and unzip it in your wordpress plugins directory (wp-content/plugins). Then enable it in your admin panel (on the Options page).
You can define META keywords and description for every post and page (easily from the edit/create page). There is also a new option page specific for META tags where you can specify your blog’s default META tags (under Options/Another Wordpress Meta Plugin). These will be used for your main page plus for every post or page where you didn’t give META tags.
In addition, you can define global keywords/description that will be used for your front (index) page and pages that don’t have specific META data defined (especially archive indices etc.)
For categories, the category description is also used for the META description whenever possible.
I really hope it’s straightforward enough to be useful and does what you want it to do
Have fun and leave feedback here!