WordPress recently announced a new SEO feature available for customised setup from the Dashboard. While I don’t deeply care for SEO—it’s not like I’m selling something or even blogging about anything anyone would search for—the sight of new Settings always weirdly turns me on. It’s the first button I press wherever I go. I don’t use stuff—I set it up. And then reset it. And set it up again. Etsetera. It’s my mindset, you
Since I learned about the
<head> element in HTML, I begrudged that I couldn’t access the metadata contained in the head of my site. If I could, I’d add there something that no one but me would think funny (and no one would see since I’m not sure how many people click View Page Source for their bedtime reading—I do, but I don’t count). I’d totally add
<meta name="keywords" content="cookies, cats, crap">. It alliterates.
You still can’t access all the metadata, but at least now you can modify the front page meta description. That’s what search engines show when they find you. Unless you change it, your blog’s tagline will show as a meta description. I did change it, and the change took effect the next day already—the printscreen at the top of this post shows what I scribbled there. There was no coding required. I was disappointed. It felt like an empty tag. Like
<br>. Conveniently, even empty tags can be closed. Like this