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WP Simple SEO

Simple, effective SEO for your WordPress web site.

WordPress SEO Plugin

SEO should be simple and just work, without needing to hire developers and SEO experts to get the basics right.

That's why we've built WP Simple SEO - a simple, effective WordPress search engine optimization plugin that automatically configures SEO for your WordPress web site.

Single Page Setup

When you first activate and access WP Simple SEO, our single page setup screen provides the key steps that need completing.

Easy Migration

If you're coming from Yoast and AIOSEO Pack, you can automatically import your existing Yoast or AIOSEO configuration.

Simple Site Submission and Verification

By using our one page setup screen, you can:

  • Register your site with Google (Search Console / Webmaster Tools),
  • Verify ownership of your site
  • Submit WP Simple SEO's XML sitemap to Google

There's no need to copy access tokens, meta verification strings, XML sitemap URLs or learn how to use Google Search Console to submit a sitemap. WP Simple SEO does all of this for you, right from within the WordPress Administration interface.

See for yourself:


By default, Page Titles and Meta Description tags are automatically set.

You can change them easily, and using our template tags build dynamic Page Titles and Meta Descriptions.

XML Sitemaps

By default, WP Simple SEO generates the XML sitemap the search engines need to index your content. Again, there are no complex steps - you can submit your sitemap to Google right from within the WordPress Administration interface.

Don't want to use our XML Sitemaps? No problem - simply disable them in the Sitemaps section of the plugin.

Social Metadata

By default, Open Graph and Twitter card metadata is enabled.

Don't want to use our social metadata? No problem - simply disable them in the Social section of the plugin.

Google Knowledge Graph

Combining Social Metadata, and some extra options, WP Simple SEO outputs the necessary schema data which Google can use for its Knowledge Graph.

SERP Snippet Preview

On single Pages, Posts, Custom Post Types and Taxonomy Terms, WP Simple SEO displays a snippet preview of how the individual Page will display in the search engine results. The Title and Description can be edited, to differ from your site wide Metadata settings.


We define your robots.txt file content to allow search engines to crawl your site.

Environment Detection

Running WP Simple SEO on a local, development or staging site? WP Simple SEO detects this, and automatically does the following:

  • Disables XML sitemap submission,
  • Blocks search engines from crawling your site (using robots.txt and User-Agent detection)

This ensures your test sites don't get accidentally indexed by the search engines.

Duplicate Content Avoidance

WP Simple SEO prevents search engines from indexing specific sections of your web site that might result in a duplicate content penalty (such as your author and date-based blog post archives, if you're running a single author WordPress Blog).

Canonical URLs can be specified on individual Posts to further prevent duplicate content penalties.

Intelligent Configuration Options

By choice, WP Simple SEO provides only the options you need. Chosen not to index a specific Taxonomy Term? WP Simple SEO automatically detects this, and won't include this content in your XML sitemap, or submit it to Google.

Fully Documented

We understand that no WordPress Plugin is good if you don't know how to use it. That's why we provide extensive, full documentation covering all aspects of WP Simple SEO:

Best of all, you'll find contextual Documentation links from within WP Simple SEO's interface.

Fully Supported

We truly want WP Simple SEO to be the best WordPress SEO Plugin. If you have any questions, or something goes wrong, please reach out to us through the Support Forums. This not only helps fix your support issue, but improves WP Simple SEO for everyone.


For developers and more advanced users, here's a full breakdown of what WP Simple SEO offers and can do:

  • General: Register and Verify Site with Google Search Console via oAuth
  • General: Verify Site with Bing Webmaster Tools
  • General: Google Knowledge Graph (Entity Type, Name, Logo, plus Social Media Profile links), output using LD+JSON schema
  • General: Enable/disable Google Sitelinks Search Box
  • Meta: Page Titles, Meta Descriptions and noindex options for Home Page, all public Post Types, all public Taxonomies, Author Archives, Date-based Archives and Search Results
  • Meta: Page Title option for 404 Page
  • Social: OpenGraph Social Metadata, output using LD+JSON schema
  • Social: Social Media Profile links for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, MySpace, Pinterest, SoundCloud and Tumblr
  • Social: Twitter Card Type and Username
  • Sitemaps: XML Sitemap generation (noindexed items are automatically excluded from the XML sitemap)
  • Sitemaps: Submit XML sitemap automatically to Google
  • Canonical links, including prev and next, automatically set for paginated archives and single Pages/Posts with pagination
  • robots.txt automatically generated
  • Export Plugin Settings to JSON file
  • Import Plugin Settings from JSON file
Author WP Simple SEO
Contributors wpsimpleseo
Tags bing, canonical, google, Google Search Console, google sitemap, google webmaster tools, meta, meta description, robots, search engine optimization, seo, sitemap, sitemaps, social, xml sitemap
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    Welcome Screen

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    General Settings

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    Meta Settings

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    Social Settings

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    Sitemap Settings

  1. Install WP Simple SEO via the Plugins > Add New section of your WordPress Installation, or by uploading the downloaded ZIP file via Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin.
  2. Active the WP Simple SEO plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. Run the first time setup by going to the WP Simple SEO menu that appears in your admin menu


  • Added: Posts: Canonical URL option
  • Added: Posts: Documentation Tab
  • Added: Terms: Documentation Tab
  • Fix: Posts: Display Noindex and Nofollow override options
  • Fix: Terms: Display Noindex override options
  • Fix: Terms: Removed unused remove_stopwords_from_slug() function
  • Fix: Caching: Clear transients when a setting, Post or Term is created/edited/deleted (ensures sitemaps are rebuilt)
  • Fix: Permalinks: Only remove stop words the first time the Permalink / Slug is generated. Honor the user's decision if they change it to include stopwords.
  • Enhancement: Moved get_import_sources() from WP_Simple_SEO_Common to WP_Simple_SEO_Import


  • First release.

Where can I find an SEO Score / Keyword Analysis?

Our focus is to ensure that your core SEO plugin remains stable and just works. Whilst other SEO plugins offer these features for free, the results are not always accurate, and some users simply don't need them.

SEO scoring, focus keywords, page analysis, ranking and more will be made available through individual paid-for Addons for WP Simple SEO at a later date.

Version 1.0.1

Requires WordPress version: 4.5 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 12 Jan 2017

Date Added: 10 Jan 2017

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