Meta Tag Creator is a plugin for creating and managing meta tags for your website. It can be used to create HTML keywords, meta title and meta description for your page.
A wordpress plugin by dukeofseo.com allowing you to edit your meta information in a flash! You can also track your site’s ranking in Google with this tool that’s pretty neat.
Using proper metatags is one of the best ways to improve your website. If you want to get more traffic from search engines, or just look at numbers from the different tools you use to keep track of your site, you need to learn how to use meta tags.
Meta Tag Plugin for WordPress
When crawling your website, search engines try to gather as much information as possible. In addition to looking to the title, headings, body of text, URL, and other on-page SEO elements, search engines also look for data that isn’t visible to the front-end user. This data is known as meta tags.
According to Google, meta tags are another way site owners can tell search engines about their sites. These tags might contain the meta description, author, type of document, language, copyright, and any other relevant information about the site. It’s important to note that keyword meta tags haven’t been a ranking factor since 2009 so you don’t have to worry about those. Just focus on adding keywords to optimize your on-page elements.
Because the default installation of WordPress does not contain meta tag data, site owners must add this data themselves. They can do so manually by adding meta tags in their theme’s template files or by using WordPress plugins. Let’s walk through each method below.
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How to Add Meta Tags in WordPress Manually
Manually adding meta tags in WordPress is relatively simple. For this demo, we’ll use the example from the WordPress Codex. Imagine you’re Harriet Smith, a veterinarian who blogs about their animal stories on WordPress. You want to add the following generic meta tags to your site:
<meta name=”copyright” content=”Copyright (c)1997-2004
Harriet Smith. All Rights Reserved.” />
<meta name=”description” content=”Special stories and
tales about dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and other
domestic animals as told by Harriet Smith,
veterinarian. Stories include tales of animal
bravery and courage, life and death, companionship,
and the wonderful joy animals and pets bring to
their human partners.” />
To do so, follow this step-by-step guide.
- Log in to the control panel of your hosting account and open the File Manager.
- Click the public_html folder on the left hand side of your screen.
Blue graphic instructing user to click folder labeled public_html
- Click the wp-content folder.
- Find the folder labelled “themes.”
Blue graphic instructing user to click themes folder
- Click the folder with your theme’s name.
- Right-click the header.php template and select Edit from the drop-down menu.
- Add your meta tags in the head section (between the tag.
- Save your changes.
Blue graphic instructing user to save changes
While manually adding meta tags is a relatively simple process, it only works if you have a clear purpose for your website like Harriet. In that case, you can use basic information to create generic meta tags and place these in your header.
If your site covers a wider range of topics, then you’ll need to set unique meta tags for each post and page. You can do so using a plugin.
How to Add Meta Tags in WordPress Using a Plugin
With a plugin, you can add generic and unique meta tags to your WordPress site. We’ll walk through how to add them using the Meta Tag Manager plugin. If you’re using another plugin, check out its documentation for exact steps.
- First, log into your WordPress dashboard.
- Click Plugins > Add New.
Click Plugins > Add New in WordPress dashboard to start plugin installation process
- Search for “Meta Tag Manager.” When the search result appears, click Install Now and Activate.
Downloading and installing Meta Tag Manager plugin
- You’ll be automatically redirected to the tab containing all installed plugins on your site. At the top of the screen, you should see a message confirming the plugin has been activated.
“Plugin is activated” success message
- Navigate to Settings > Meta Tag Manager.
Click Settings > Meta Tag Manager to start adding meta tags
- Now you can begin creating global meta tags and assigning them to different areas on your site. Let’s say you want to add an author meta tag for all posts on my site. You’d configure the settings as shown below.
Creating author name meta tag for all posts in WordPress
- Then, switch over to the General Options page and make sure that posts, pages, and media are listed in the field labelled “Post Type Support.” That way, when editing a post, page, or media file, you can add meta tags that will only be displayed on that specific item.
Configuring post type support in Meta Tag Manager plugin for WordPress
- When editing in this way, the Meta Tag Manager will appear as an individual meta box, as shown below.
Meta Tag Manager meta box
In the demo below, you’ll see that I’m in the post editor. I scroll past the Yoast SEO meta box to the Meta Tag Manager meta box and add a meta description tag that’s unique to this specific post.
Creating meta tag in individual post demo
Following the same process, you can add unique meta tags to all your posts and pages.
Adding Meta Information to Your Site
To provide search engines with as much information about your WordPress website as possible, you can add generic meta tags in your theme’s header. Or you can use a meta tag plugin to create and manage global meta tags as well as custom meta tags for your individual posts and pages. Pick the method that works best for you and your site.
Meta Tags Manager is a simple, lightweight plugin which allows you to add custom meta tags to your site. Features include:
Supports meta tags including the name, property, http-equiv, charset and itemprop attributes.
Choose from predefined types, such as ‘name=”keyword”‘ or create your own by typing it in.
Add meta tags to specific posts, choose what Custom Post Types to support from our settings page.
Add global meta tags that will display on specific CPTs, Taxonomies, your front page or your whole site.
Automatically add Open Graph details to your home page.
Automatically add Schema and Structured Data to your home page.
Add Google Sitelinks and Sitelinks Search markup.
Easily add verification codes for services like Facebook, Google Webmaster Tools, Bing Webmaster Tools, Yandex and more (or… create your own custom meta tags!).
Use cases include:
Adding Google and Yahoo site verification tags
Adding additional open graph, twitter card or other social media meta info not supported by other SEO/Meta plugins
Go Pro for many newly added features, including:
Dynamic placeholders to include data about the page being displayed, such as page title, comment count, thumbnail URLs and more!
Additional contexts to add global meta tags, as well as exclusion rules for finer-grained controls.
Shortcode support within meta descriptions, allowing for more dynamic data insertion with plugins such as ACF
Unique tag detaction of Meta Tag Manager tags with hierarchical precedence, avoid creating duplicate meta tags.