I was going to submit this site to the search engine when I realized that — yikes! — I haven’t META’d my pages! So I frantically searched for the closest hyperlink I can get my mouse to click on (WordPress Codex is truly a lifesaver), and ended up testing two META makers:
- AutoMeta 0.8: It could be the staying up til the wee hours of the morning, but amongst all the plugins I have installed, this one has to be the most tricky. When I unzipped it, it opens into one file named autometa.php and a folder named stoplist. My immediate thought was that both should be saved into wp-content/plugins/autometa/, but I was wrong as it should be under wp-content/plugins/. This is one caveat for me; I believe that if you have two or more files and folders that belong together, they should be put under the same main folder. Otherwise, once I’m done installing a gazillion other plugins and need to delete a few out for space’s sake, I wouldn’t know which one’s with which and I shouldn’t be expected to remember all of my plugin contents — I mean, a well-designed app has to make sense.
Anyway, I managed to figure them out and had AutoMeta appear in my plugins list. Activated it. A few seconds later, I went to check my index page. No keyword or description meta. Read the instruction page again — oh no, it doesn’t index the main page. Fine. Checked the single pages. Still no desc or kwords. Fine. Let’s wait a few hours. So I did, and checked again. Nada. Zilch.
I surrendered. AutoMeta 0.8 <– scrapped off my plugin list. It’s time to try out…
- Add-Meta-Tags v.0.9: Has just one file, indexes both the main page and content, has customizable METAs, but doesn’t index Pages which is still okay to me. Short, simple and, most importantly, working. It has just enough of what I was looking for. Thank God.
I’m sticking to Add-Meta-Tags until I have a need for more complex META tags. Otherwise if there isn’t a META generator that fits my need, I might want to get my hands wet in WP plugin development, chewah!