Setting the SEO Title and Description Format for Custom Taxonomies

Did you know that All in One SEO can automatically generate SEO titles and descriptions for your custom taxonomies?

For example, if you have a WooCommerce store then this can be a huge timesaver if you have lots of product categories.

Custom taxonomies relate to custom content other than the standard Posts and Pages found in WordPress. They are usually added using a plugin or your theme.

This article will help you with easy to follow steps to automatically generate SEO titles and descriptions based on formats you can create.

To get started, click on Search Appearance in the All in One SEO menu and then click on the Taxonomies tab.

Search Appearance in the All in One SEO menu

Scroll down and you should see sections for each of your taxonomies. For example, for WooCommerce there will be a section for Product Categories where you’ll see the PreviewCategory Title and Meta Description.

Product Categories settings under Search Appearance

The Preview shows an example of how your content may look in search results based on the Title and Meta Description formats you set.

Setting the SEO Title Format

To set the SEO title format that will be used to automatically generate SEO titles for your content, click on one of our smart tags shown above the Title field.

Adding a smart tag to the Category Title field

You can also type the hash character ( # ) in the field to display a list of available tags you can choose from.

Typing the hash symbol displays a list of available tags to choose from

You can also enter text in the Title field or combine text with the smart tags.

Whatever you set in the Title will apply to all your terms in that taxonomy. However, you can override this in the Edit Term screen where you’ll see a Title field in the AIOSEO Settings section. This feature is available in All in One SEO Pro only

Setting the SEO Description Format

You can set the SEO description format that will be used to automatically generate SEO descriptions for your content by using the Meta Description field.

This field works in the same way as the Title field. You can select from one of the smart tags displayed above the field, or type the hash character ( # ) in the field to display a list of available tags you can choose from.

Meta Description field in Category Settings

You can also enter text in the field or combine text with smart tags.

Whatever you set in the Meta Description will apply to all your terms in that taxonomy. However, you can override this in the Edit Term screen where you’ll see a Meta Description field in the AIOSEO Settings section. This feature is available in All in One SEO Pro only

That’s all! You’ve now set the SEO title and description formats for your custom taxonomies.

The documentation for custom taxonomy Title Formats can be found in our Content Type Settings document here.