SEO Lite v1.1

I just pushed a new version of SEO Lite to github and it has some added goodies, among other things these parameters:


Some Usage Examples

Let’s use this template:

<meta name='keywords' content='{meta_keywords}' />
<meta name='description' content='{meta_description}' />
<!-- generated by seo_lite --!>

yeah I know the {title} and {site_name} are pretty close there, but we’ll fix that with the new _titleseparator parameter :-)


For the frontpage we just want the site name + the default keywords / description:


Will produce this title:

<title>My Site Name</title>
(... + default desc / keywords ...)

Our 404 Page

{exp:seo_lite default_title="404 - Not Found" title_separator="|"}


<title>404 - Not Found | My Site Name</title>
(... + default desc / keywords ...)

A FAQ Entry

{exp:seo_lite entry_id="{entry_id}" title_postfix=" | FAQ" title_separator="|"}

will produce this title for a specific faq entry:

<title>A Question | FAQ | My Site Name</title>

note that the   is needed because EE will trim parameters for spaces.

Using SEO Lite with the EllisLab Discussion Forum Module

Edit the forum_global/html_header.html file and replace the title-tag there with:

{exp:seo_lite default_title="{page_title} | {forum_name}" title_separator="|"}

It will output:

<title>The title of the current forum or thread here | Forum Title Here | My Site Name</title>

Of coure you need to run the forums through regular templates for the above to work, but that’s something I’d always recommend doing, unless you enjoy pain.

Implementing SEO Lite in the wiki

Edit wiki_themes//wiki_page.html and replace the title-tag there with:

{exp:seo_lite default_title="{title} | {wiki_name}" title_separator="|"}

It will output:

<title>The title of the current wiki page | Wiki Name Here | My Site Name</title>

Of course for the wiki / forum pages you’ll just get the benefit of keeping it consistent and getting the default keywords / description in there, since there isn’t a way of adding entry-specific keywords/description for these entries (yet)..

MSM Support

I got a couple of comments about MSN support, and although it’s untested I think I’ve implemented support for it. The way it works is that you need an entry in exp_seolite_config for each site, so when you switch to another site you need to visit the SEO Lite control panel and an entry will be added for that site. Then you can start using SEO Lite on that additional site as well.

This way you can have different templates for each site etc.


Let me know if you have suggestions to added functionality or something you’ve found quirky when implementing it on a site, etc.


Download the latest release here (zip)


Comment by Bob on 2012-04-28 19:16:43 +0000


This is a very helpful add-on for adding basic SEO to a site, much better than hand-coding it myself. I had one question. Is there a good way to use this on Category pages? Basically it seems the way I’m doing it now just uses the default SEO tags for all category pages. Likely a similar thing would happen with paginated entries.

Thanks, Bob

Comment by Bjørn Børresen on 2012-04-29 11:02:19 +0000

Hey Bob,

currently there’s no support for category pages – but I have been pondering a solution where the category description is pulled from EE (as you probably know the Category Field Group has a description field) together with the Category name for title.