Very Simple Meta Description

Description

About

This is a lightweight plugin to add a meta description to 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 set your meta description.

The recommended length is roughly between 120 and 160 characters.

Via Settings > Meta Description you can:

  • Set the meta description for home page only
  • Set the post and page “Excerpt” as meta description
  • Set 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 this plugin will activate it for pages as well.

While adding a post or page you can set an excerpt by using the “Excerpt” box.

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

WooCommerce

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

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

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

Question?

Please take a look at the FAQ section.

Translation

Not included but plugin supports WordPress language packs.

More translations are very welcome!

Credits

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

Enjoy!

Screenshots

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

Installation

Please check Description section for installation info.

FAQ

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 a recommended meta description length?

Because Google and Bing recommend a length roughly between 120 and 160 characters.

This way your meta description will be listed properly in all commonly used devices.

Why set meta description for home page only?

Using the same meta description for every post and page is not SEO friendly.

Why no excerpt box box in the editor?

This only applies when using the classic editor.

If this box is not present, it might be unchecked in the Screen Options tab.

Why no product section on settingspage?

This section is only displayed if WooCommerce plugin is installed and active.

Where are the Open Graph and Twitter Cards settings?

I have removed both features in plugin version 4.1, because they don’t have much to do with a meta description.

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.

Why no Semantic versioning?

At time of initial plugin release I wasn’t aware of the Semantic versioning (sequence of three digits).

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.

Reviews

December 11, 2018
The plugin works perfectly, it is extremely small (8kb zipped), which is a big plus, and the developer is super nice, very responsive and simply awesome. Thanks a million, Nick.
March 21, 2017
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.
November 3, 2016
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.
September 19, 2016
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.

Contributors

“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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Changelog

Version 5.5

  • fix: character counter

Version 5.4

  • updated the character counter
  • minor changes in code

Version 5.3

  • fix: remove line breaks from manual excerpt
  • added, removed and changed escaping and sanitising of many items

Version 5.2

  • increased maximum character length of the meta description input
  • you will be notified if your meta description exceeds the recommended maximum length

Version 5.1

  • settingspage: no product section if WooCommerce plugin isn’t installed and active
  • file vsmd: removed unnecessary whitespaces

For all versions please check file changelog.