The Semiologic SEO plugin will add a couple of SEO (search engine optimization) gadgets and functionality to any WordPress site. It was designed with the Semiologic theme in mind, but it can be used with most other themes as well.
The approach in this plugin is consistent with that of other SEO plugins from this site, namely Silo Widgets, Nav Menu widgets, and XML Sitemaps. In other words, it is based on the idea that a small web of static pages that are regularly mentioned in posts will work better than a posts only site.
If you're expecting a plugin with screens full of options, you will be disappointed by this plugin. It offers few options because I feel that, as a rule of thumb, it's better to enforce the proper options than to give doubts to end-users.
That being said, I dare suggest that you'll fare better with this plugin and the other SEO plugins on this site than with the All-In-One SEO plugin and its siblings.
This WordPress SEO plugin in particular covers the following:
- Web page title (for the Semiologic theme anyway)
- Meta keyword/description tags
- Canonical URL tags
- Google+ Authorship
- Various duplicate content worries
- A few other points, when combined with the Semiologic theme, such as putting the page's content forward
The plugin also features an SEO crash course under Settings / SEO once active, and you'll find additional SEO resources in the semiologic.com's members' area as well as its resources section, so I won't be expanding on the specifics or the details here.
One FAQ note however: meta keywords, which are useless, are dealt with automatically (by concatenating titles, categories and tags), but the field is left around in the event anyone wants to override it. Meta description should be filled in manually if you want one, since there is no point or benefit in generating it automatically.
This package is part of Semiologic Pro, and is access-restricted.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Semiologic forum is the best place to report issues.
Version 2.8 =
- Make categories pages as 'noindex, follow'. With 2.6 they were still 'follow, index'
- WP 4.1 compat
Version 2.7 =
- Make sure multi-paged entries have unique meta descriptions by appending page nume
- WP 4.0 compat
Version 2.6.2 =
- Don't add Google Author is page is set for front page.
Version 2.6.1 =
- Fix some PHP 5.4+ strict warnings
Version 2.6 =
- Archive type pages - author, date, tags and search and 404 pages are now set to 'noindex, follow' to removing indexing of these pages. Category pages will continued to be indexed.
- Tweak the Page and Post Title & Meta box.
- Moved up higher on page editor.
- Clarified purpose by changing to SEO Title & Meta
- Removed incorrectly displayed 'Home' from field labels
- Make sure field input is properly sanitized.
- Fixed: Google Publisher entry was not being saved after change made in 2.5.
Version 2.5 =
- Per Google guidance, authorship only applied to specific page/posts and author page, not to front page.
- Code refactoring
- WP 3.9 compat
Version 2.4.1 =
- WP 3.8 compat
Version 2.4 =
- WP 3.6 compat
- PHP 5.4 compat
Version 2.3.1 =
- Sitemap entries for archive pages (category, tags, author, date) had too many additional pages if a non-excerpt listing was set
Version 2.3 =
- Added prev and next adjacent canonical links for multi-page and series of pages, such as blog pages
- Fixed duplicate title for multi-page blog post
- Fixed setting of canonical link for blog page
Version 2.2 =
- Fix meta description tag not being set for home page
- Clarified SEO->Settings field usage as being for the home page.
Version 2.1.1 =
- Remove author link code with support now in Semiologic-Reloaded theme
Version 2.1 =
- Google+ authorship inc. new Profile contact fields
- Fixed duplicate titles on archive type page 2+
- Additional rel=canonical entries for home and archive type pages
- Add link to author page for pages/posts
- Fix: Sem-cache now flushed on SEO options change
- Fix: Silence PHP warning for ob_start call
Version 2.0.4 =
- WP 3.0.1 compat
Version 2.0.3 =
- Fix description handler on non-existent terms
Version 2.0.2 =
- Further canonical redirect improvements
Version 2.0.1 =
- Apply filters to permalinks
- Rel=canonical improvements
- Canonical redirect improvements
Version 2.0 =
- Complete Rewrite
- Code enhancements and optimizations
- Add an SEO crash-course