Multiple rules can be applied together, so if more than a single rule matches with the current URL, these are applied in cascade using the ordering set, except if a rule is declared as ‘last one’ (in this case the process stop).
And that’s not all. Tag Meta comes with support for macros. This means that meta information can be generated dynamically for each page.
To allow complex transformations for data to use as meta info there are the placeholders. Placeholders allow you to define a set of values where each value is associated and identified by a name and is used in the definition of other placeholders or in the definition of meta info (practically they are based on the same principle of the variables in programming languages).
With support for link 'canonical' it is possible to specify the preferred version of a set of pages with highly similar content. But there is still other, Tag Meta comes with support for an ontology database of synonyms, that allows to automatically generate and add new synonyms of existing keywords in any page.
The plugin, finally, has some useful options to set custom global information like Generator, Author, Copyright, or to set and align the tag ‘title’ and the meta tag ‘title’ in many ways.
- Support for tag 'title' and meta tag 'description', 'author', 'keywords', 'robots', 'content rights', and 'external reference' on each page
- Support for Robots options Index, Follow, Snippet, Archive, Odp, and Image Index
- Support for link 'canonical'
- Support for global meta tag 'generator'
- Possibility to add site name to tag 'title'
- Possibility to align meta tag 'title' with tag 'title'
- Possibility to preserve tag 'title' on each rule from global settings
- Support for global meta tag 'author'
- Support for global meta tag 'copyright'
- Possibility to add a note for each item
- Possibility to apply multiple matching rules
- Use of regular expressions into matching rules
- Case-sensitive option on the matching source URLs
- Request only option to match the full URL or just the REQUEST_URI part
- Decode URL option to decode URLs before to check if match with rule
- Last rule option to break application of matching rule
- Support for placeholders
- Use of macros to specify meta info (dynamic meta info, 33 macros)
- Ontology database for synony
If you use this extensions, make sure you READ the instructions available in the PDF file downloadable for this extension and it will save you time and allow you to really use this small tool to the maximum benefit.
The use of the '$' syntax at the end of each URI enables you to control each and every items matadata, it cannot get any simpler :)
Well done to the Dev's on this one (donation has been sent) and I look forward to any future updates and other any other extensions from you.
Congratulations to the developer, I am an extension developer myself and I very much like this one.
Keep up the good work!
Would like to thank the author(s) & developer(s) of this extension, as it is among the top 3 extensions in the “must have” category for any web site, regarding SEO.
(Note: Google has announced officially that Meta Keywords are NOT used to influence search rankings, see http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/keywords-meta-tag-in-web-search/ )
e.g. on a category "blog" or "list" page there's no place to add these important bits of SEO information, even though individual article pages *do* have a place to set it.
TagMeta comes to the rescue and allows you to set browser title etc for absolutely ANY URL that's used on your site, including the front page.
It's great to be able to view all the meta information for all the pages that you have set it on, in one place. You could even use this to set the meta information for individual articles rather than setting it in the article itself, but you can do it either way.
Something I found out the hard way, as someone else pointed out in an earlier review, is that when you enter the URLs for matching, that the URLs use "regex" syntax, and also don't have "http://" in front of them.
So, if you want to match an exact URL you need to put ^ in front of it, and $ at the end of it, and don't forget the leading slash... like this:
If you just put "forums" as the URL, then this rule would match any URL that contained the word "forums" in it, e.g. you might have an article with that in the title and therefore URL. So the ^ and $ "anchor" the start and the end of the string so that it doesn't do a substring match.
Therefore for the front page, the best URL to use is ^/$ which will match only the very front page and nothing else.
It would be great to have an option when you are creating each rule, to use regexes, or "starts with", or "contains", or "matches exactly". That would make it a lot easier for most users who don't need the power of the regexes.
As someone else mentioned, some characters in URLs need to to have "\" in front of them in order to work, most notably "?". There are others too, like "." that otherwise actually matches *any* character, not just a dot.
Plus, I can finally opt out of odp descriptions (a noydir option is still missing though) and play around with the follow/nofollow, index/noindex settings. An essential SEO plugin!
(oh, and for the negative reviewer below who couldn't work out how to use Tag Meta on the frontpage - it's easy, just type "/" as the URI and hey presto!)
Quick How To:
Install plugin (enable it)
Install component (you dont have to link a menu item to the component)
Go to the component and now enter in the URL. This doesn't work by putting the full URL. for me, i have a HOME , CATEGORIES, etc pages
So instead of putting the URL in the component i used:
and now whatever meta tag that you put in will show up, go refresh your website page and check the source and see your meta tag showing up.
for the programmer, i suggest adding a quick "how to" in the forum, because i went to check hoping there was one to help me figure that out but there was none.
Thanks for the plugin though works good when its set up correct.
One item of note: If you are working with a URL that contains a questions mark you must escape it.
should look like this in tag meta:
Just add the backslash before the "?" and that does it!
each page on your site. An absolute 'Must Have' for any site that wishes to have SEO friendly URL's
(that would be everyone, no?). The component is a little hard to work out for joomla novices, but once you get to grips with it it is quite simple.
The support from Luigi is the best support I have received from any service provider. He is a friendly and patient guy, who can be trusted in your 'Back End'!
The only minor drawback I encountered was the lack of proper documentation. In practise that could easily be rectified with a single tool-tip as there is only one thing to do wrong.
DO NOT ADD FULL URL when adding pages. ie for www.yoursite.com/photographs you only add /photographs into the box.
Oh and a longer keyword field please!
Thanks for using Tag Meta.
In the next release there will be larger fields (e.g. keywords) and a manual with detailed examples. I see that all negative feedback are due to a lack of documentation, and it's a pity because Tag Meta works well if you know how to use it.
and i give the component url and give to it title
but there is no change title of component
so please how can i change my component title
If you need help there is a forum where you can find it. And we'll help anyone. This is a review list, not a support desk. You don't feel you merit support... sorry!