Be certain that your most relevant content ends up on the SERP and doesn't get truncated.
Update 1.2 2/10/12: Added counters to menu items and added title counts to all existing counted forms.
Update 1.3 resolved a JS issue with external URL menu items - and moved JS to a class
Update 1.4 added more counted fields in more forms. fields which use HTML editors must toggle the editor off to get a current count.
Version 1.5 updated to allow live counting of TinyMCE content in articles and category descriptions.
Version 1.6 fixes an issue introduced in the latest Joomla 3.0.3
4/26/2012 - Joomla 1.6/1.7 availability and support withdrawn.
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My only wish is that it could be extended to offer support for K2.
So, you make a feature request in a review - and choose to reduce my rating at the same time?
Thanks! I always wanted a lower score!
Great extension. I just added it to my default instalation. I think it could be even better, if it would count the title as well and show the recommended values for the title, meta description, and keywords.
I hesitate to make suggestions on the length within the plugin output, simply because it is a moving target. Each of the search engines have their own preferred length, and those lengths are arbitrary (there is not a standard that defines them), additionally - those lengths may change as the search engines adjust their SERP page layouts, or their indexing techniques.
Character counting in the title is a good idea. It will be in the next version.
Now, I might consider making a setting for each of the inputs (title, description, and keywords) which allows an administrator to define a target maximum length - which would somehow alert when that length is exceeded.
Thanks for the suggestions and the review!
I just tested that out, and as long as the keywords are entered in as "word, word, word, word..." the plugin counts them correctly. If you don't add a space after each comma, the plugin considers them as one word. So, add a space between the comma and next word.