How to Add Meta Descriptions in Divi (No Plugin)

by | Oct 10, 2020

Want to add your own meta descriptions on Divi without having to install a plugin (like Yoast or RankMath)?

Good news!

With custom fields, you can specify a meta description for an individual Divi page or Divi post direct from the WordPress Dashboard.

It takes less than five minutes to setup initially. And there’s no funky code, plugin, or theme files to worry about. Let’s get started:

Step 1: Enable Custom Meta Descriptions

We’ll be using custom fields for adding meta description on Divi. But first, we need to enable this on the Divi side:

  • Open your WordPress Dashboard and select Divi from the sidebar.
  • The Divi Theme Options page will now open.
  • From the Theme Options header tabs, select SEO.

You’ll be presented with three sub-tabs:

  1. Homepage SEO
  2. Single Post Page SEO
  3. Index Page SEO

 

(1) Homepage SEO

By default, Divi uses your blog description, as defined when you first created your blog, for the homepage meta description. To change it:

  • Select the Homepage SEO sub-tab.
  • Select the ‘Enable meta description’ option.
  • Add your custom description in the ‘Homepage meta description (if enabled)’ text field.
  • Hit Save Changes.

(Remember, this setting is only for the homepage.)

 

 (2) Single Post Page SEO

Here, we enable the custom meta description field for all Divi posts and pages:

Set ‘Enable custom description‘ to ‘Enabled.

Several fields below is the ‘Custom field Name to be used for description’ text field. The default is: seo_description. If yours is different, change it to the default. Otherwise, no action is needed.

Hit Save Changes.

(These steps only need to be done once)

Step 2: Make the Custom Fields Panel Visible in the WP Dashboard

In step 1, we enabled the custom meta description option. However, WordPress does not show custom fields on the Dashboard by default.

Let’s make it visible:

  • Open any post or page in the Default Editor (Gutenburg).
  • Select the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  • In the list menu that appears, select Options.
  • A pop-up menu will appear. Tick the checkbox to enable Custom fields.
  • Exit this menu and it will save automatically.
  • Refresh the page.

(If you are on the old Classic editor, set it via Screen Options.)

Step 3: Create a Custom Field and Add the First Meta Description

With our custom field options now visible, we can now create a custom field key. We only need to create a new key once, after which we can assign a unique meta description value to that key on every post or page.

Here’s how:

  • Open a post or page in the Default Editor (Gutenburg or Classic) that you want to add a meta decription.
  • Scroll to the very bottom. You will now see a Custom Fields settings panel. You may need to expand it.
  • Select Enter new.
  • In the Name field, enter the key text: seo_description
  • In the Value field, enter your custom meta description
  • Select the Add Custom Field button
  • Save via the usual Update or Save draft button

Great progress! We’ve just done two things:

Firstly, added our own meta description to this Divi post / page.

Secondly, amd more imrptaly, created a meta descriptipm custom field. So when adding a meta descriptipn to subsewunt posts/pages, it’s much quicker as the work is already done.

This is covered in the next step…

Step 4: Adding Subseqeunt Meta Descriptions

 

Any questions or suggestions? 

 

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