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We are happy to announce the release of OSMeta 1.4.6. This release increases the character limit for the meta description field from 160 to 320 characters.

In this blog post, you will take a look at this new feature. Beginners to Joomla metadata will also learn what metadata is and how to use it.

If you visit the OSMeta Meta Tags screen, you will notice the 320 character limit for the Description length. 

320 character limit

We made this change because Google search results now display about 320 characters.

In previous OSMeta versions, this character limit was 160 characters.

old 160 character limit

What Is Meta Description?

Your Joomla site metadata controls what appears in Google search results when people find your site.

By default, Google shows three things about your site:

  1. It shows your web-page title.
  2. It shows your web-page URL.
  3. It shows your web-page description. This is normally a few lines underneath the title and the URL.

metadata in google search results

These title and description are known as the meta title and the meta description. The reason they have a different name is that because they are usually hidden in the code of your website. You are unlikely ever look at your site and see meta description.

Why Do I Need OSMeta?

OSMeta is useful because it allows you to edit the meta descriptions for all your content in one place

Yes, Joomla by default allows you to have control over your meta descriptions. Open any of your content for editing. Then click on the Publishing tab. You will see the meta description of the article page on the right-hand side.

publishing tab meta description setting

However, if you want to update all your meta descriptions, you need to open up every item individually. With OSMeta, you can update meta descriptions for multiple items on one screen.

  • Go to Components > OSMeta. You will see an overview of all metadata you have on your site.

osmeta screen with multiple articles listed

This is one single page that allows you to drill down and easily update titles and meta descriptions for all of your content in one go.

How Can I Use OSMeta?

Watch these 2 short videos from our Joomla SEO class that show how to use OSMeta.

This first video shows how to use the main OSMeta screen:

This second video shows you how to use OSMeta inside individual Joomla articles:

 


About the author

Born from a Ukrainian mother and Russian father, Alex lives in the United Kingdom. Alex is a self-taught Microsoft Certified Professional. He enjoys learning Joomla and helping web site administrators make the most of it.