Although Woocommerce is a great eCommerce plugin, it’s not very SEO friendly and there are a number of things can can be improved to make it more optimised for the search engines. Thats where the Woocommerce SEO plugin comes in.
The Woocommerce SEO plugins makes a numbers of additions and improvements to Woocommerce to make getting that elusive number one position little easier.
- Remove product category base
The default base is product-category. Remove this to give you a cleaner, short URL.
- Keyword rich URLs when using filters
Get rid of the ugly looking parameters and IDs in the URL when using filters and and replace them with keywords making your URLs keyword rich, prettier and more descriptive.
- Automatically generated page tiles and meta description
One of the most important pieces of information that the search engines use is the page title and meta description of the page so its imperative that yours are descriptive and keyword rich. However, writing the page titles and meta descriptions for every category and product can take a long time (although you still have this option, see below). The plugin allows you to simply create a template which will be used to generate the page title and meta description for each category and product page. Whats more, as the user uses the filters on the category page, these can be added to the page titles and meta descriptions to make each page truly unique.
- Custom page tiles and meta description
If you want even more control over your page titles and meta descriptions then the option of writing them yourself is there too. Whats more, your can use a combination to generated page titles and custom written page titles given you even more control.
No indexing tells the search engines not to index that page where as no follow tells the search engines to not follow any links on that page. It can be useful to set one or both of these tags to a particular category of product page. It really is as simple as ticking a box!
- Improved breadcrumbs
By default, only the category name is shown on the breadcrumbs, no matter what filters were selected. The plugin replaces the default breadcrumbs, by showing what filters were selected and the order in which they were selected, so the users known exactly how they got to that particular page. Each term in the breadcrumb is a link that will take you back to the products selection when that term was last selected.
Be sure to check out the live preview to see the plugin in action!
1.1 - 26th March 2013 ----------------------------- * Added Woocommerce 2.0 compatibility * Fixed a bug that would cause filters to display the index page when no product category was selected. * Fixed a bug that would still output the meta description tag even though no meta description was set. * Added the 'show_parents' attribute to the category template tag to show parent categories of the chosen category. 1.0 - 25th January 2013 ----------------------------- * Initial Release