Very Simple Meta Description



This is a lightweight plugin to add a meta description to your WordPress website.

Search engines such as Google and Bing use the meta description when listing search results.

You can also use the post and page “Excerpt” or the WooCommerce “Product short description” as meta description.

How to use

After installation go to Settings > Meta Description and set your meta description. The maximum length is 160 characters.

Via Settings > Meta Description you can:

  • Set the meta description for homepage only
  • Set the post and page “Excerpt” as meta description
  • Set the WooCommerce “Product short description” as meta description

Post and page excerpt

An excerpt is a summary of your post or page content.

The excerpt is already available for posts and this plugin will activate it for pages as well.

While adding a post or page you can set an excerpt using the “Excerpt” box.

The “Excerpt” can be used as meta description for that post or page.


This plugin also supports custom post type “product” which is used by WooCommerce.

While adding a WooCommerce product you can set an excerpt using the “Product short description” box.

The “Product short description” can be used as meta description for that product.


Please take a look at the FAQ section.


Not included but plugin supports WordPress language packs.

More translations are very welcome!


Without the WordPress codex and help from the WordPress community I was not able to develop this plugin, so: thank you!



  • Very Simple Meta Description (dashboard).
  • Very Simple Meta Description (page excerpt old editor).
  • Very Simple Meta Description (page excerpt new editor).
  • Very Simple Meta Description (WooCommerce product excerpt).


Please check Description section for installation info.


How do I set plugin language?

Plugin will use the site language, set in Settings > General.

If plugin isn’t translated into this language, language fallback will be English.

Why is the maximum length 160 characters?

Because Google and Bing recommend a maximum meta description length of 160 characters.

This means your meta description might be cut off in search results when it’s longer.

Why set meta description for homepage only?

Using the same meta description for every post and page is not SEO friendly.

Why no excerpt box while adding a post or page?

If these boxes are not present, they might be unchecked in the Screen Options tab.

This doesn’t apply when using the new editor (Gutenberg).

Why no product section on settingspage?

This section is only displayed if WooCommerce plugin is installed and active.

Where are the Open Graph and Twitter Cards settings?

I have removed both features in version 4.1 because they don’t have much to do with a meta description.

Can I use this plugin with other SEO plugins?

You should not use a plugin or theme that contains a meta description feature. This might cause a conflict.

Or at least do not activate this feature in that plugin or theme.

Why no Semantic versioning?

At time of initial plugin release I wasn’t aware of the Semantic versioning (sequence of three digits).

How can I make a donation?

You like my plugin and you’re willing to make a donation? Nice! There’s a PayPal donate link at my website.

Other question or comment?

Please open a topic in plugin forum.


A 5 star plugin

The plugin works perfectly, it is extremely small (8kb zipped), which is a big plus, and the developer is super nice, very responsive and simply awesome. Thanks a million, Nick.

Great for adding site description

Great for adding a site description quickly. However, Excerpt or Open Graph option seems not working. Although I turned them on, my post/pages had empty og:descriptions and meta-description.

Works perfectly

Simple plugin doing exactly what it is supposed to without bloat. Maybe a button could be added to the Default Open Graph Image field, to select the image directly from the library instead of pasting its URL.

1 description duplicated sitewide = bad seo

it's really foolish to stick a single meta description in the sitewide header template. that's duplicate content so google knows immediately it's poor quality. it will do more harm than good to your rankings.
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Contributors & Developers

“Very Simple Meta Description” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Very Simple Meta Description” has been translated into 10 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Version 5.2

  • increased max character length of the meta description input
  • you will be notified when your meta description is too long

Version 5.1

  • settingspage: no product section if WooCommerce plugin isn’t installed and active
  • file vsmd: removed unnecessary whitespaces

Version 5.0

  • decreased maximum meta description length from 320 to 160 characters
  • why? because Google decreased this length in may 2018
  • for a short period of time the maximum length was 320 characters
  • this means you might have to change your meta description

Version 4.9

  • fix: character counter

Version 4.8

  • fix: mistake in plugin description

For all versions please check file changelog.