Post Settings

Post Settings are used on individual Posts, Pages and Custom Post Types to:

  • Override the Title and Description (set in Meta Settings), that will appear on search engine results,
  • Whether to index or not index certain parts of your web site.
  • Provide a Canonical URL.

In the WordPress Administration interface, create or edit a Post, Page or Custom Post Type, and scroll down to find the WP Simple SEO section.
Post Settings: Snippet Preview

Can’t see the WP Simple SEO section?  Make sure that Show Meta Box is enabled under Meta Settings > Post Types.

Snippet Preview

The Snippet Preview shows how the Post / Page / Custom Post Type that you’re editing will look in search engine results.
Post Settings: Snippet Preview

If you change the Title, Content or Excerpt of your Post, you’ll see that the Snippet Preview automatically updates.

Editing the Snippet Preview

By default, the Title and Description are based on the Meta Settings for this Post Type.

You can, however, override these settings on a Post by Post basis.  To edit the settings for this specific Post / Page / Custom Post Type, click the Edit button:

  • Title: The Post / Page title, to be displayed on both search engine results and the browser window / tab.
  • Description: ThePost / Page description, displayed on the search engine results.

Advanced Settings

WP Simple SEO provides the following additional settings.  Again, these are based on the Meta Settings for this Post Type, but can be overridden on a Post by Post basis.

If you’re not sure about these settings, you don’t need to change them.

  • Noindex?: Choose Don’t Index Content if you do not want search engines to index the Post / Page.  This will also exclude the Post / Page from the Sitemap, and defines the meta noindex tag = true.
  • Nofollow?: Choose Don’t Follow Links if you do not want search engines to pass on link equity / score through any links on Posts (this defines nofollow as true).
  • Canonical URL: If there is an alternate URL that has the same / similar content, which you’d prefer the search engines use for link signals and indexing, specify the URL here. This prevents duplicate content penalties where you have multiple Posts / Pages with the same / similar content.