VS Meta Description

Description

About

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

Search engines such as Google and Bing will use the meta description when displaying search results.

You can use the post and page «Excerpt» and the post category and tag «Description» as meta description.

This plugin also supports the products and product categories and tags of WooCommerce.

How to use

After installation go to the settings page. This page is located at Settings > Meta description.

You will find more info there about using this plugin.

Question?

Please take a look at the FAQ section.

Translation

Not included but plugin supports WordPress language packs.

More translations are very welcome!

The translation folder inside this plugin is redundant but kept for reference.

Credits

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

Enjoy!

Screenshots

  • Settings page (dashboard)
  • Settings page (dashboard)
  • Settings page (dashboard)
  • Page excerpt classic editor (dashboard)
  • Page excerpt block editor (dashboard)
  • Category description (dashboard)
  • WooCommerce product short description (dashboard)

FAQ

How do I set plugin language?

Plugin will use the website 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 displayed properly in all commonly used devices.

Why does Google or Bing ignore my meta description?

After adding a meta description it can take up to a week before Google or Bing have indexed your site again.

But they can also decide not to use it, when your meta description does not match their requirements.

Why no excerpt box in the editor?

When using the block editor, click the options icon and select «Preferences».

When using the classic editor, click the «Screen Options» tab.

Probably the checkbox to display the relevant box in the editor is not checked.

Why no product section on settings page?

This section is only available if WooCommerce is installed and active.

Can I use this plugin with other SEO plugins?

If you have an active plugin (or theme) that also contains a meta description feature, don’t activate or use this feature.

No Semantic versioning?

Version number doesn’t give you info about the type of update (major, minor, patch). You should check changelog for that.

How can I make a donation?

You like my plugin and you’re willing to make a donation? Thanks, I really appreciate that! There’s a PayPal donate link at my website.

Other question or comment?

Please open a topic in plugin forum.

Reviews

octubre 8, 2023 1 reply
It inserts the same description for all pages, basically ruining the SEO of the entire site.
octubre 29, 2021
Migrated from Yoast to this plugin to get rid of bloat in the admin area. I also like that it uses the built in post excerpt instead of custom meta like Yoast.
marzo 28, 2020
All I wanted was the ability to make the manually-typed Excerpt show up in the Description, for the likes of Facebook and Google. This plugin does that. The best plugins provide functionality that really ought to have been included OOTB…this one fills yet another essential niche. KUDOS to Guido for making this.
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Contributors & Developers

“VS Meta Description” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“VS Meta Description” has been translated into 12 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “VS Meta Description” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

Version 7.2

  • Bumped the «requires PHP» version to 7.0
  • Bumped the «requires at least» version to 5.0
  • Minor changes in code

Version 7.1

  • Textual changes
  • Minor changes in code

Version 7.0

  • Minor changes in code

Version 6.9

  • Minor changes in code

Version 6.8

  • Removed function load_plugin_textdomain() because redundant
  • Plugin uses the WP language packs for its translation
  • Kept translation folder for reference

Version 6.7

  • Plugin has a new name
  • But plugin itself and ownership did not change

Version 6.6

  • Fix: character counter
  • Minor changes in code

Version 6.5

  • Better validating, sanitizing and escaping

Version 6.4

  • Minor changes in code

Version 6.3

  • Minor changes in code

For all versions please check file changelog.