nystudio107/craft-seomatic

SEOmatic facilitates modern SEO best practices & implementation for Craft CMS 3. It is a turnkey SEO system that is comprehensive, powerful, and flexible.


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SEOmatic plugin for Craft CMS 3.x

SEOmatic facilitates modern SEO best practices & implementation for Craft CMS 3. It is a turnkey SEO system that is comprehensive, powerful, and flexible.

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Related: SEOmatic for Craft 2.x. SEOmatic for Craft CMS 3 is a complete re-write & re-architecture from scratch.

Note: The license fee for this plugin is $99.00 via the Craft Plugin Store.

One SEO-related topic that SEOmatic does not cover is 404 redirects; for that we recommend our Retour plugin.

Used By

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SEOmatic is the SEO tool that the SEO experts at Moz.com and the creators of Craft CMS, Pixel & Tonic, rely on to handle their SEO!

Requirements

This plugin requires Craft CMS 3.0.20 or later.

Installation

To install SEOmatic, follow these steps:

  1. Install with Composer via composer require nystudio107/craft-seomatic
  2. Install plugin in the Craft Control Panel under Settings > Plugins

You can also install SEOmatic via the Plugin Store in the Craft AdminCP.

SEOmatic works on Craft 3.x.

SEOmatic Usage Notes

Issues

Please report any issues you find to the SEOmatic Issues page.

Upgrading from SEOmatic 1.x for Craft CMS 2.x

If you are upgrading a site from Craft CMS 2.x to Craft CMS 3.x that used the older SEOmatic plugin, here's what you need to know.

SEOmatic will migrate your old Craft 2.x Field settings & data in the following ways:

  • The Content SEO settings for each Section where you had an old SEOmatic Meta FieldType will be migrated for you.

  • If you add a new SEO Settings Field to a section that had an old SEOmatic Meta field in it, it will migrate any custom data you had entered on a per-Entry basis

Important: Keep your old Craft 2.x Seomatic_Meta fields intact; don't delete them or change the Field type to the new SEO Settings field type. Instead, create a new SEO Settings field in the same Section, Category Group, or Commerce Product Type. It will automatically look for and migrate data from the old Seomatic_Meta Field.

SEOmatic for Craft CMS 3 is a complete re-write and re-architecture from scratch of the plugin. This allowed us to take what we learned from SEOmatic 1.x, and rebuild it with a much more robust and extendable architecture.

If feasible, we think the best way to update sites using SEOmatic is to start fresh, and explore how the conceptual changes in the plugin affect how you use it. In most cases, you don't even need to use an SEOmatic Field, and the setup is cleaner and easier without it! We hope you love it!

N.B.: The Twig templating syntax has changed (but you may not need to use Twig at all with the new version), so give the docs a once-over.

SEOmatic Overview

SEOmatic facilitates modern SEO best practices & implementation for Craft CMS 3. It is a turnkey SEO system that is comprehensive, powerful, and flexible.

SEOmatic allows you to quickly get a website up and running with a robust, comprehensive SEO strategy. It is also implemented in a Craft-y way, in that it is also flexible and customizable.

It implements JSON-LD microdata, Twitter Cards tags, Facebook OpenGraph tags, Sitemaps of your content, Robots.txt bot directives, Humans.txt authorship accreditation, and as well as HTML meta tags.

SEOmatic populates your templates with SEO Meta in the same way that Craft populates your templates with entry variables, with a similar level of freedom and flexibility in terms of how you utilize them.

SEOmatic works automatically with Craft Commerce 2 as well, providing metadata, JSON-LD structured data, and sitemaps for your Products.

SEOmatic also caches each unique SEO Meta request so that your website performance is minimally impacted by the rich SEO Meta tags provided.

SEO Resources

Crafting Modern SEO Presentation:

Crafting Modern SEO video

Configuring SEOmatic

As soon as you install SEOmatic, it automatically will render meta data on your web pages, and create sitemaps for all of your Sections, Category Groups, and Commerce Product Types that have public URLs. You don't need to add any template code for this to happen.

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All of SEOmatic's settings are multi-site aware, allowing you to have different settings for each site/language combination.

For SEOmatic to be truly useful, you need to configure it so that it knows where to pull SEO content from.

Dashboard

Global SEO

Global SEO is where you set all of the default site-wide settings.

General

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Best practices for modern SEO are for the meta information to reflect your content, so you should set up the fields that SEOmatic pulls the SEO Title, SEO Description, and SEO Image from.

Twitter

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By default, the Twitter and Facebook settings will mirror what you set in the General section, but you can customize them to your heart's content.

Facebook

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By default, the Twitter and Facebook settings will mirror what you set in the General section, but you can customize them to your heart's content.

Robots

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A robots.txt file is a file at the root of your site that indicates those parts of your site you don’t want accessed by search engine crawlers. The file uses the Robots Exclusion Standard, which is a protocol with a small set of commands that can be used to indicate access to your site by section and by specific kinds of web crawlers (such as mobile crawlers vs desktop crawlers).

You shouldn't need to edit the default robots.txt Template, but you can if you like.

SEOmatic automatically handles requests for /robots.txt. For this to work, make sure that you do not have an actual robots.txt file in your web/ folder (because that will take precedence).

If you are running Nginx, make sure that you don't have a line like:

location = /robots.txt  { access_log off; log_not_found off; }

...in your config file. A directive like this will prevent SEOmatic from being able to service the request for /robots.txt. If you do have a line like this in your config file, just comment it out, and restart Nginx with sudo nginx -s reload.

The View robots.txt button lets you view your robots.txt.

Humans

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Humans.txt is an initiative for knowing the people behind a website. It's a text file that contains information about the different people who have contributed to building the website. By adding a text file, you can prove your authorship (not your property) in an external, fast, easy and accessible way.

Feel free to edit the default humans.txt Template to your heart's content.

Global SEO AdminCP Fields

The fields in the AdminCP Global SEO settings are parsed as Twig object templates, so in addition to plain old text, you can also put single and double bracket Twig expressions.

This is entirely optional; in typical usage the controls you have in the AdminCP for pulling from other fields will be all you need. But the ability is there if you need it.

For example, the following will output the contents of the companyInfo field from the siteInfo Global:

{{ siteInfo.companyInfo }}

You can even do complex expressions, such as the following which outputs the first field that isn't empty, or a default text:

{{ siteInfo.companyInfo ?? siteInfo.companySummary ?? "Some default text" }}

You can also access SEOmatic global variables (discussed below):

{seomatic.meta.seoTitle}

Normal Twig double bracket syntax is supported too, but you'll need to preface it with object. for any seomatic variables:

{{ object.seomatic.meta.seoTitle }}

The single bracket syntax is just a shortcut that automatically prefixes any variables with object., and it used for micro-template parsing.

Content SEO

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Content SEO is where you can configure each Section, Category Group and Commerce Product Type that has public URLs. You'll see a list of all of your Sections, Category Groups, and Commerce Product Types that have public URLs, with status indicators letting you know what has been configured for each.

Click on a Section, Category Group, or Commerce Product Type name to edit its settings.

General

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Best practices for modern SEO are for the meta information to reflect your content, so you should set up the fields that SEOmatic pulls the SEO Title, SEO Description, and SEO Image from.

Twitter

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By default, the Twitter and Facebook settings will mirror what you set in the General section, but you can customize them to your heart's content.

Facebook

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By default, the Twitter and Facebook settings will mirror what you set in the General section, but you can customize them to your heart's content.

Sitemap

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SEOmatic automatically creates a sitemap index for each of your Site Groups. This sitemap index points to individual sitemaps for each of your Sections, Category Groups, and Commerce Product Types.

Instead of one massive sitemap that must be updated any time anything changes, only the sitemap for the Section, Category Group, or Commerce Product Type will be updated when something changes in it.

SEOmatic can automatically include files such as .pdf, .xls, .doc and other indexable file types in Asset fields or Asset fields in matrix blocks.

In addition, SEOmatic can automatically create Image sitemaps and Video sitemaps from images & videos in Asset fields or Asset fields in matrix blocks

Sitemap Indexes are automatically submitted to search engines whenever a new Section, Category Group, or Commerce Product Type is added.

Section Sitemaps are automatically submitted to search engines whenever a new Element in that Section, Category Group, or Commerce Product Type is added.

If you have custom URLs that are not in the CMS, you can manually add them to their own Sitemap Index via Site SettingsMiscellaneous.

You can also add to it via a plugin:

use nystudio107\seomatic\events\RegisterSitemapUrlsEvent;
use nystudio107\seomatic\models\SitemapCustomTemplate;
use yii\base\Event;
Event::on(SitemapCustomTemplate::class, SitemapCustomTemplate::EVENT_REGISTER_SITEMAP_URLS, function(RegisterSitemapUrlsEvent $e) {
$e->sitemapUrls[] = [
         'loc' => $url,
         'changefreq' => $changeFreq,
         'priority' => $priority,
         'lastmod' => $lastMod,
     ];
 });

Content SEO AdminCP Fields

The fields in the AdminCP Content SEO settings are parsed as Twig object templates, so in addition to plain old text, you can also put single and double bracket Twig expressions.

This is entirely optional; in typical usage the controls you have in the AdminCP for pulling from other fields will be all you need. But the ability is there if you need it.

For example, the following will output the contents of the description field from the current Entry:

{entry.description}

Normal Twig double bracket syntax is supported too, but you'll need to preface it with object.:

{{ object.entry.description }}

The single bracket syntax is just a shortcut that automatically prefixes any variables with object., and it used for micro-template parsing.

The same applies to any SEOmatic global variables (discussed below):

{seomatic.meta.seoTitle}

Is the same as:

{{ object.seomatic.meta.seoTitle }}

You can even do complex expressions, such as the following which outputs the first field that isn't empty, or a default text:

{entry.description ?? entry.summary ?? "Some default text"}

Is the same as:

{{ object.entry.description ?? object.entry.summary ?? "Some default text" }}

Site Settings

Identity

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These Site Identity settings are used to globally define the identity and ownership of the website.

They are used in combination with the SEO Template Meta settings to generate JSON-LD microdata.

The Site Owner type determines the JSON-LD schema that will be used to identity the website to search engines.

Leave any fields blank that aren't applicable or which you do not want as part of the SEO schema.

Creator

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These Site Creator settings are used to globally define the creator (such as the agency or freelancer) of the website.

They are used in combination with the SEO Template Meta settings to generate JSON-LD microdata as well as the humans.txt file.

The Site Creator type determines the JSON-LD schema that will be used to identity the website to search engines.

Leave any fields blank that aren't applicable or which you do not want as part of the SEO schema.

Social Media

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The social media settings connect your website to its other points of pressence on the Internet. They also facilitate attaching your branding to social media posts via Twitter Cards and Facebook OpenGraph.

Tracking Scripts

None of the Tracking Scripts are included on the page unless the SEOmatic environment is set to live production. If devMode is enabled, the SEOmatic environment is automatically set to local development.

Google Analytics

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Google Analytics gives you the digital analytics tools you need to analyze data from all touchpoints in one place, for a deeper understanding of the customer experience. You can then share the insights that matter with your whole organization. Learn More

If you want to include the Google Analytics script despite devMode being enabled, you can do:

{% do seomatic.script.get('googleAnalytics').include(true) %}

Google gtag.js

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The global site tag (gtag.js) is a JavaScript tagging framework and API that allows you to send event data to AdWords, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics. Instead of having to manage multiple tags for different products, you can use gtag.js and more easily benefit from the latest tracking features and integrations as they become available. Learn More

If you want to include the gtag script despite devMode being enabled, you can do:

{% do seomatic.script.get('gtag').include(true) %}

Google Tag Manager

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Google Tag Manager is a tag management system that allows you to quickly and easily update tags and code snippets on your website. Once the Tag Manager snippet has been added to your website or mobile app, you can configure tags via a web-based user interface without having to alter and deploy additional code. Learn More

You can set the dataLayer passed in to Google Tag Manager via Twig:

{% do seomatic.script.get('googleTagManager').dataLayer({
    'woof': 'bark'
}) %}

If you want to include the Google Tag Manager script despite devMode being enabled, you can do:

{% do seomatic.script.get('googleTagManager').include(true) %}

Facebook Pixel

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The Facebook pixel is an analytics tool that helps you measure the effectiveness of your advertising. You can use the Facebook pixel to understand the actions people are taking on your website and reach audiences you care about. Learn More

If you want to include the Facebook Pixel script despite devMode being enabled, you can do:

{% do seomatic.script.get('facebookPixel').include(true) %}

Plugin Settings

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The Plugin Settings lets you control various SEOmatic settings globally (across all sites/languages).

  • Plugin name - This is the name that will be used for the plugin everywhere it is referenced in the AdminCP GUI
  • Automatic Render Enabled - Controls whether SEOmatic will automatically render metadata on your pages. If you turn this off, you will need to manually render the metadata via {{ seomatic.tag.render() }}, {{ seomatic.link.render() }}, etc. You can selectively disable rendering via Twig with `{% do seomatic.config.renderEnabled(false) %}
  • Sitemaps Enabled - Controls whether SEOmatic will automatically render frontend sitemaps for your website.
  • HTTP Headers Enabled - Controls whether SEOmatic will automatically add X-Robots-Tag, canonical, & Referrer-Policy to the http response headers.
  • Environment - The server environment, either live, staging, or local. If devMode is on, SEOmatic will override this setting to local Development. This setting controls whether certain things render; for instance only in the live production environment will Google Analytics and other tracking tags send analytics data. SEOmatic also automatically sets the robots tag to none for everything but the live production environment.
  • Display Sidebar SEO Preview - Controls whether to display the Google, Twitter, and Facebook social media previews in the sidebar on entry. category, and product pages.
  • devMode <title> prefix - If devMode is on, prefix the <title> with this string
  • Separator Character - The separator character to use for the <title> tag
  • Max SEO Title Length - The max number of characters in the <title> tag; anything beyond this will be truncated on word boundaries
  • Max SEO Description Length - The max number of characters in the meta description tag
  • Site Groups define logically separate sites - If you are using Site Groups to logically separate 'sister sites', turn this on.
  • Add hreflang Tags - Controls whether SEOmatic will automatically add hreflang and og:locale:alternate tags.
  • Generator Enabled - Controls whether SEOmatic will include the meta generator tag and X-Powered-By header

If you're using a multi-environment config, you can map your environment settings using SEOmatic's config.php something like this:

<?php 
return [
    '*' => [
    // The public-facing name of the plugin
    'pluginName' => 'SEOmatic',

    // Should SEOmatic render metadata?
    'renderEnabled' => true,

    // Should SEOmatic render frontend sitemaps?
    'sitemapsEnabled' => true,

    // The server environment, either `live`, `staging`, or `local`
    'environment' => 'live',

    // Should SEOmatic display the SEO Preview sidebar?
    'displayPreviewSidebar' => true,

    // Should SEOmatic display the SEO Analysis sidebar?
    'displayAnalysisSidebar' => true,

    // If `devMode` is on, prefix the <title> with this string
    'devModeTitlePrefix' => '&#x1f6a7; ',

    // The separator character to use for the `<title>` tag
    'separatorChar' => '|',

    // The max number of characters in the `<title>` tag
    'maxTitleLength' => 70,

    // The max number of characters in the `<meta name="description">` tag
    'maxDescriptionLength' => 155,
    ],
    'local' => [
        'environment' => 'local',
    ],
    'staging' => [
        'environment' => 'staging',
    ],
    'live' => [
        'environment' => 'live',
    ],
];

This is how you can make your multi-environment nomenclature to SEOmatic's. This works exactly like Craft's multi-environment config files such as general.php and db.php. See SEOmatic's config.php for details.

Access Permissions

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SEOmatic allows you to restrict access to various parts of the plugin based on User Group Permissions:

  • Dashboard
  • Edit Global Meta
    • General
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • Robots
    • Humans
  • Edit Content SEO
    • General
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • Sitemap
  • Edit Site Settings
    • Identity
    • Creator
    • Social Media
    • Miscellaneous
  • Edit Tracking Scripts
    • Google Analytics
    • Google gtag.js
    • Google Tag Manager
    • Facebook Pixel
  • Edit Plugin Settings

SEOmatic Fields

SEO Settings Field

SEOmatic has an SEO Settings Field that you can add to your Field Layouts. For most sites, the Field is not needed; instead set up the fields to pull from in the Content SEO settings for each Section.

Modern SEO works best if it actually reflects what is on the page, visible to the user, so pulling from your page's content will work well in most cases.

Using SEO Settings Fields

However, in some cases you may want more control over page SEO for specific entries. That's where the SEO Settings field comes in. Add it to your Section's Field Layout, and you can override specific SEO settings on a per-entry basis.

Any setting that you leave blank or empty in the SEO Settings field will just default to the Content SEO and/or Global SEO setting.

The Field settings let you control exactly what fields will appear and be visible for you or your client to override:

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By default, just a few sensible settings are made visible in the Field:

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Any setting left blank will just fall back on the Content SEO settings for that Section, so you can use the Field only for the exceptional cases.

You can enable every possible field to be displayed in the SEO Settings field if you like:

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But it's probably best to limit it to just the things that you or your client might want to change on a per-entry basis.

Template Access

If you need to access your SEOmatic field's data directly in a template, you can do so via:

{{ entry.mySeoSettingsField.metaGlobalVars.seoTitle }}

All of the variables listed in the General Variables can be accessed in this manner.

Pagination and SEO

If you are using paginated entries, you'll want to add some additional markup to your templates to make Google et al aware of this. Fortunately, SEOmatic makes that easy, you simply do:

{% do seomatic.helper.paginate(PAGEINFO) %}

The PAGEINFO here is the variable from the {% paginate %} tag as described here, this will properly set the canonicalUrl, as well as adding the <link rel='prev'> and <link rel='next'> tags for you.

A complete example (just a modified version of the Craft 3 Documentation on {% Paginate %}) might look like this:

{% paginate craft.entries.section('blog').limit(10) as pageInfo, pageEntries %}
{% do seomatic.helper.paginate(pageInfo) %}

{% for entry in pageEntries %}
    <article>
        <h1>{{ entry.title }}</h1>
        {{ entry.body }}
    </article>
{% endfor %}

{% if pageInfo.prevUrl %}<a href="{{ pageInfo.prevUrl }}">Previous Page</a>{% endif %}
{% if pageInfo.nextUrl %}<a href="{{ pageInfo.nextUrl }}">Next Page</a>{% endif %}

More info: SEO Guide to Google Webmaster Recommendations for Pagination

Multi-Site Language/Locale Support

SEOmatic comes with multi-site support baked in. Each site has its own localized settings that can be different on a per-site basis.

Craft CMS defines Sites as any combination of site settings and locale (language). But there needs to be some way to organize these sites to define a relationship between them. That's what Site Groups are for.

SEOmatic treats each Site Group as a separate entity, and any sites contained in that site group are treated as localizations of the same site.

This is necessary because there needs to be some way to let SEOmatic know what the relationship is between the various sites.

So for example, you might have:

├── Primary Site Group
│   ├── English Site
│   ├── Chinese Site
|   └── German Site
├── Sister Site Group
│   ├── English Site
|   └── German Site

While you technically don't have to organize your Site Groups in this manner, SEOmatic currently requires it so that it can understand the relationship between your sites.

This is necessary because for a variety of SEO-related things, we need to tell search engines what is really just another localization/translation of the same thing.

If you don't want to organize your sites in this manner, you'll need to turn off the Site Groups define logically separate sites setting on the Plugin Settings page.

Sites that are grouped together under the same Site Group will have <link rel="alternate" hreflang="XX"> & <meta content="xx_XX" property="og:locale:alternate"> URLs added automatically in the HTML.

If you want to disable SEOmatic's automatic rendering of these tags, you can do:

{% do seomatic.link.get('alternate').include(false) %}
{% do seomatic.link.get('og:locale:alternate').include(false) %}

Sites that are grouped together under the same Site Group will also be included in the appropriate sitemap indexes, and have <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="xx-xx"> tags added to the respective sitemaps.

If you want to disable the generation of the <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="xx-xx"> on a per-Entry basis, you can do this by adding an SEO Settings to the Section/Category Group/Product in question, and turn off Sitemap Enabled on a per-entry basis.

Emoji Support

SEOmatic supports using Emojis in any of the fields in SEOmatic, so you could use one in the SEO Description, for instance:

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It's up to Google whether or not to display the emojis that you add to your SEO meta, but used effectively, they can help make your entries in the SERP stand out from others. Learn more: Why Use Emojis in Your SEO / PPC Strategy?

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On the Mac, you can invoke an Emoji keyboard inside of any text field by hitting Command Control Space. This works in any Mac application, not just web browsers or SEOmatic.

Google AMP Support

SEOmatic works great with Google AMP! In fact, it will provide the JSON-LD structured data that is required by the AMP spec.

You do however need to Make your page discoverable:

Add the following to the non-AMP template to tell Google where the AMP version of the page is; yourAmpPageLink the URL to your AMP page:

{% set linkTag = seomatic.link.create({
  "rel": "amphtml",
  "content": yourAmpPageLink
  })
%}

And this to the AMP template to tell Google where the canonical HTML page is:

{% do seomatic.meta.canonicalUrl(entry.url) %}

Since AMP doesn't allow for third-party JavaScript, you might want to add this to your AMP templates:

{% do seomatic.script.container().include(false) %}

This will cause SEOmatic to not render any custom scripts you might have enabled (such as Google Analytics, gtag, etc.)

Then you can include Google AMP Analytics as per Adding Analytics to your AMP pages (this assumes you're using gtag):

{% set script = seomatic.script.get('gtag') %}
{% set analyticsId = script.vars.googleAnalyticsId.value ?? '' %}
<amp-analytics type="googleanalytics">
    <script type="application/json">
        {
            "vars": {
                "account": "{{ analyticsId }}"
            },
            "triggers": {
                "trackPageview": {
                    "on": "visible",
                    "request": "pageview"
                }
            }
        }
    </script>
</amp-analytics>

Single Page App (SPA) Support

SEOmatic fully supports working with SPAs, allowing you to receive the metadata needed for a given route either as an array, or as DOM elements ready to be inserted.

See the Headless SPA API section for details.

Using SEOmatic

Twig Templating

SEOmatic can work fully without any Twig templating code at all. However, it provides a robust API that you can tap into from your Twig templates should you desire to do so.

SEOmatic makes a global seomatic variable available in your Twig templates that allows you to work with the SEOmatic variables and functions.

A Word About {% cache %} Tags

If you use Craft's built-in {% cache %} tags, ensure that you don't have any of SEOmatic's tags (listed below) inside of them. The reason is that SEOmatic dynamically generates the tags on each request, using its own caching system for performance reasons.

When you surround any Twig code in a {% cache %} tag, that code will only ever be executed once. On subsequent runs, the HTML result of what was inside of the {% cache %} tag is just returned, and the Twig code inside of it is never executed.

For more information on how the {% cache %} tag works, see the The Craft {% cache %} Tag In-Depth article.

SEOmatic Variables

All of the SEOmatic variables can be accessed as you would any normal Twig variable:

{{ seomatic.meta.seoTitle }}

or

{% set title = seomatic.meta.seoTitle %}

They can also be changed by passing in a value with the Twig {% do %} syntax:

{% do seomatic.meta.seoTitle("Some Title") %}

or

{% do seomatic.meta.seoDescription("This is my description. There are many like it, but this one is mine.") %}

You can also set multiple variables at once using array syntax:

{% do seomatic.meta.setAttributes({
  "seoTitle": "Some Title",
  "seoDescription": "This is my description. There are many like it, but this one is mine."
  })
%}

Or you can chain them together:

{% do seomatic.meta
  .seoTitle("Some Title")
  .seoDescription("This is my description. There are many like it, but this one is mine.")
%}

These do the same thing, so use whichever you prefer.

You can set SEOmatic variables anywhere in your templates, even in sub-templates you include from other templates. This works because SEOmatic dynamically injects the meta tags, scripts, links, and JSON-LD into your page after the template is done rendering.

SEOmatic variables can also reference other SEOmatic variables using single-bracket syntax:

{% do seomatic.meta.seoDescription("{seomatic.meta.seoTitle}") %}

You can also reference entry, category, or product Craft variables, if they are present in your template:

{% do seomatic.meta.seoTitle("{entry.title}") %}

or

 {% do seomatic.meta.seoTitle("{category.title}") %}

There may be occasions where you want to output the final parsed value of an SEOmatic variable on the frontend. You can do that via seomatic.meta.parsedValue(). For example:

{{ seomatic.meta.parsedValue('seoDescription') }}

This will output the final parsed value of the seomatic.meta.seoDescription variable.

This parsing is done automatically by SEOmatic just before the meta information is added to your page.

Meta Variables: seomatic.meta

The seomatic.meta variable contains all of the meta variables that control the SEO that will be rendered on the site. They are pre-populated from your settings and content in the AdminCP, but you can change them as you see fit.

General Variables:
  • seomatic.meta.mainEntityOfPage - the schema.org type that represents the main entity of the page
  • seomatic.meta.seoTitle - the title that is used for the <title> tag
  • seomatic.meta.siteNamePosition - controls where the seomatic.site.siteName appears relative to the seomatic.meta.seoTitle in the <title> tag. Valid values are before, after, or none.
  • seomatic.meta.seoDescription - the description that is used for the <meta name="description"> tag
  • seomatic.meta.seoKeywords - the keywords that are used for the <meta name="keywords"> tag. Note that this tag is ignored by Google
  • seomatic.meta.seoImage - the image URL that is used for SEO image
  • seomatic.meta.seoImageWidth - the width of the SEO image
  • seomatic.meta.seoImageHeight - the height of the SEO image
  • seomatic.meta.seoImageDescription - a textual description of the SEO image
  • seomatic.meta.canonicalUrl - the URL used for the <link rel="canonical"> tag. By default, this is set to {seomatic.helper.safeCanonicalUrl()} or {entry.url}/{category.url}/{product.url}, but you can change it as you see fit. This variable is also used to set the link rel="canonical" HTTP header.
  • seomatic.meta.robots - the setting used for the <meta name="robots"> tag that controls how bots should index your website. This variable is also used to set the X-Robots-Tag HTTP header. Learn More
Facebook OpenGraph Variables:
  • seomatic.meta.ogType - the value used for the <meta property="og:type"> tag, such as website or article
  • seomatic.meta.ogTitle - the value used for the <meta property="og:title"> tag. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoTitle}
  • seomatic.meta.ogSiteNamePosition - controls where the seomatic.site.siteName appears relative to the seomatic.meta.ogTitle in the <meta property="og:title"> tag. Valid values are before, after, or none.
  • seomatic.meta.ogDescription - the value used for the <meta property="og:description"> tag. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoDescription}
  • seomatic.meta.ogImage - the value used for the <meta property="og:image"> tag. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoImage}
  • seomatic.meta.ogImageWidth - the width of the ogImage. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoImageWidth}
  • seomatic.meta.ogImageHeight - the height of the ogImage. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoImageHeight}
  • seomatic.meta.ogImageDescription - the value used for the <meta property="og:image:alt"> tag. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoImageDescription}
Twitter Variables:
  • seomatic.meta.twitterCard - the value used for the <meta name="twitter:card"> tag, such as summary or summary_large_image
  • seomatic.meta.twitterCreator - the value used for the <meta name="twitter:creator"> tag. This defaults to {seomatic.site.twitterHandle}
  • seomatic.meta.twitterTitle - the value used for the <meta name="twitter:title"> tag. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoTitle}
  • seomatic.meta.twitterSiteNamePosition - controls where the seomatic.site.siteName appears relative to the seomatic.meta.twitterTitle in the <meta name="twitter:title"> tag. Valid values are before, after, or none.
  • seomatic.meta.twitterDescription - the value used for the <meta name="twitter:description"> tag. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoDescription}
  • seomatic.meta.twitterImage - the value used for the <meta name="twitter:image"> tag. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoImage}
  • seomatic.meta.twitterImageWidth - the width of the Twitter image. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoImageWidth}
  • seomatic.meta.twitterImageHeight - the height of the Twitter image. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoImageHeight}
  • seomatic.meta.twitterImageDescription - the value used for the <meta name="twitter:image:alt"> tag. This defaults to {seomatic.meta.seoImageDescription}

Site Variables seomatic.site

The seomatic.site variable has site-wide settings that are available on a per-site basis for multi-site setups.

  • seomatic.site.siteName - The name of the website
  • seomatic.site.twitterHandle - The site Twitter handle
  • seomatic.site.facebookProfileId - The site Facebook profile ID
  • seomatic.site.facebookAppId - The site Facebook app ID
  • seomatic.site.googleSiteVerification - The Google Site Verification code
  • seomatic.site.bingSiteVerification - The Bing Site Verification code
  • seomatic.site.pinterestSiteVerification - The Pinterest Site Verification code
  • seomatic.site.sameAsLinks - Array of links for Same As... sites, indexed by the handle. So for example you could access the site Facebook URL via {{ seomatic.site.sameAsLinks["facebook"]["url"] }}. These links are used to generate the <meta property="og:same_as"> tags, and are also used in the sameAs property in the mainEntityOfPage JSON-LD.
  • seomatic.site.siteLinksSearchTarget - Google Site Links search target. Learn More
  • seomatic.site.siteLinksQueryInput - Google Site Links query input. Learn More
Site Identity Variables seomatic.site.identity

The seomatic.site.identity variable is used to create JSON-LD Structured Data that can appear as Rich Snippets on Google Search Engine Results Pages (SERP). JSON-LD Structured Data helps computers understand context and relationships, and is also read by other social media sites and apps.

The seomatic.site.identity encapsulates all of the information associated with the owner of the website.

  • seomatic.site.identity.siteType - The schema.org general type
  • seomatic.site.identity.siteSubType - The schema.org sub-type
  • seomatic.site.identity.siteSpecificType - The schema.org specific type
  • seomatic.site.identity.computedType - The computed most specific schema.org type
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericName - The name of the entity that owns the website
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericAlternateName - An alternate or nickname for the entity that owns the website
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericDescription - A description of the entity that owns the website
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericUrl - A URL for the entity that owns the website
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericImage - A URL to an image or logo that represents the entity that owns the website. The image must be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format.
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericImageWidth - The width of the entity image
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericImageHeight - The height of the entity image
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericImageIds - Asset ID array for the entity image
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericTelephone - The primary contact telephone number for the entity that owns the website
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericEmail - The primary contact email address for the entity that owns the website
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericStreetAddress - The street address of the entity that owns the website, e.g.: 123 Main Street
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericAddressLocality - locality of the entity that owns the website, e.g.: Portchester
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericAddressRegion - The region of the entity that owns the website, e.g.: New York or NY
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericPostalCode - The postal code of the entity that owns the website, e.g.: 14580
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericAddressCountry - The country in which the entity that owns the website is located, e.g.: US
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericGeoLatitude - The latitude of the location of the entity that owns the website, e.g.: -120.5436367
  • seomatic.site.identity.genericGeoLongitude - The longitude of the location of the entity that owns the website, e.g.: 80.6033588
  • seomatic.site.identity.personGender - Only for entities of the type Person, the gender of the person
  • seomatic.site.identity.personBirthPlace - Only for entities of the type Person, the place where the person was born
  • seomatic.site.identity.organizationDuns - Only for entities of the type Organization, the DUNS (Dunn & Bradstreet) number of the organization that owns the website
  • seomatic.site.identity.organizationFounder - Only for entities of the type Organization, the name of the founder of the organization
  • seomatic.site.identity.organizationFoundingDate - Only for entities of the type Organization, the date the organization/company/restaurant was founded in ISO 8601 date format, e.g.: 2018-03-26
  • seomatic.site.identity.organizationFoundingLocation - Only for entities of the type Organization, the location where the organization was founded
  • seomatic.site.identity.organizationContactPoints - Only for entities of the type Organization, an array of contact points for the organization. Learn More
  • seomatic.site.identity.corporationTickerSymbol - Only for entities of the type Corporation, the exchange ticker symbol of the corporation
  • seomatic.site.identity.localBusinessPriceRange - Only for entities of the type LocalBusiness, the approximate price range of the goods or services offered by this local business
  • seomatic.site.identity.localBusinessOpeningHours - Only for entities of the type LocalBusiness, an array of the opening hours for this local business. [Learn More][https://developers.google.com/search/docs/data-types/local-business]
  • seomatic.site.identity.restaurantServesCuisine - Only for entities of the type Food Establishment, the primary type of cuisine that the food establishment serves
  • seomatic.site.identity.restaurantMenuUrl - Only for entities of the type Food Establishment, a URL to the food establishment's menu
  • seomatic.site.identity.restaurantReservationsUrl - Only for entities of the type Food Establishment, a URL to the food establishment's reservations page
Site Creator Variables seomatic.site.creator

The seomatic.site.creator variable is used to create JSON-LD Structured Data that can appear as Rich Snippets on Google Search Engine Results Pages (SERP). JSON-LD Structured Data helps computers understand context and relationships, and is also read by other social media sites and apps.

The seomatic.site.creator encapsulates all of the information associated with the creator of the website. This information is also used in the humans.txt page

  • seomatic.site.creator.siteType - The schema.org general type
  • seomatic.site.creator.siteSubType - The schema.org sub-type
  • seomatic.site.creator.siteSpecificType - The schema.org specific type
  • seomatic.site.creator.computedType - The computed most specific schema.org type
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericName - The name of the entity that created the website
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericAlternateName - An alternate or nickname for the entity that created the website
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericDescription - A description of the entity that created the website
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericUrl - A URL for the entity that created the website
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericImage - A URL to an image or logo that represents the entity that created the website. The image must be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format.
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericImageWidth - The width of the entity image
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericImageHeight - The height of the entity image
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericImageIds - Asset ID array for the entity image
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericTelephone - The primary contact telephone number for the entity that created the website
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericEmail - The primary contact email address for the entity that created the website
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericStreetAddress - The street address of the entity that created the website, e.g.: 123 Main Street
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericAddressLocality - locality of the entity that created the website, e.g.: Portchester
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericAddressRegion - The region of the entity that created the website, e.g.: New York or NY
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericPostalCode - The postal code of the entity that created the website, e.g.: 14580
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericAddressCountry - The country in which the entity that created the website is located, e.g.: US
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericGeoLatitude - The latitude of the location of the entity that created the website, e.g.: -120.5436367
  • seomatic.site.creator.genericGeoLongitude - The longitude of the location of the entity that created the website, e.g.: 80.6033588
  • seomatic.site.creator.personGender - Only for entities of the type Person, the gender of the person
  • seomatic.site.creator.personBirthPlace - Only for entities of the type Person, the place where the person was born
  • seomatic.site.creator.organizationDuns - Only for entities of the type Organization, the DUNS (Dunn & Bradstreet) number of the organization that created the website
  • seomatic.site.creator.organizationFounder - Only for entities of the type Organization, the name of the founder of the organization
  • seomatic.site.creator.organizationFoundingDate - Only for entities of the type Organization, the date the organization/company/restaurant was founded in ISO 8601 date format, e.g.: 2018-03-26
  • seomatic.site.creator.organizationFoundingLocation - Only for entities of the type Organization, the location where the organization was founded
  • seomatic.site.creator.organizationContactPoints - Only for entities of the type Organization, an array of contact points for the organization. Learn More
  • seomatic.site.creator.corporationTickerSymbol - Only for entities of the type Corporation, the exchange ticker symbol of the corporation
  • seomatic.site.creator.localBusinessPriceRange - Only for entities of the type LocalBusiness, the approximate price range of the goods or services offered by this local business
  • seomatic.site.creator.localBusinessOpeningHours - Only for entities of the type LocalBusiness, an array of the opening hours for this local business. [Learn More][https://developers.google.com/search/docs/data-types/local-business]
  • seomatic.site.creator.restaurantServesCuisine - Only for entities of the type Food Establishment, the primary type of cuisine that the food establishment serves
  • seomatic.site.creator.restaurantMenuUrl - Only for entities of the type Food Establishment, a URL to the food establishment's menu
  • seomatic.site.creator.restaurantReservationsUrl - Only for entities of the type Food Establishment, a URL to the food establishment's reservations page

Config Variables seomatic.config

The seomatic.config variables are the global plugin configuration variables set in the config.php file. You can copy the config.php file to the Craft config/ directory as seomatic.php to change them in a multi-environment friendly way.

  • seomatic.config.pluginName - The public-facing name of the plugin
  • seomatic.config.renderEnabled - Should SEOmatic render metadata?
  • seomatic.config.environment - The server environment, either live, staging, or local
  • seomatic.config.displayPreviewSidebar - Should SEOmatic display the SEO Preview sidebar?
  • seomatic.config.displayAnalysisSidebar - Should SEOmatic display the SEO Analysis sidebar?
  • seomatic.config.devModeTitlePrefix - If devMode is on, prefix the <title> with this string
  • seomatic.config.separatorChar - The separator character to use for the <title> tag
  • seomatic.config.maxTitleLength - The max number of characters in the <title> tag
  • seomatic.config.maxDescriptionLength - The max number of characters in the <meta name="description"> tag

Helper Functions seomatic.helper

  • seomatic.helper.paginate(PAGEINFO) - Given the PAGEINFO variable from the {% paginate %} tag as described here, this will properly set the canonicalUrl, as well as adding the <link rel='prev'> and <link rel='next'> tags for you.
  • seomatic.helper.truncate(TEXT, LENGTH, SUBSTR) - Truncates the TEXT to a given LENGTH. If SUBSTR is provided, and truncating occurs, the string is further truncated so that the substring may be appended without exceeding the desired length.
  • seomatic.helper.truncateOnWord(TEXT, LENGTH, SUBSTR) - Truncates the TEXT to a given LENGTH, while ensuring that it does not split words. If SUBSTR is provided, and truncating occurs, the string is further truncated so that the substring may be appended without exceeding the desired length.
  • seomatic.helper.getLocalizedUrls(URI, SITE_ID) - Return a list of localized URLs for a given URI that are in the SITE_ID site's group. Both URI and SITE_ID are optional, and will use the current request's URI and the current site's SITE_ID if omitted.
  • seomatic.helper.loadMetadataForUri(URI, SITE_ID) - Load the appropriate meta containers for the given URI and optional SITE_ID
  • seomatic.helper.sitemapIndexForSiteId(SITE_ID) - Get the URL to the SITE_IDs sitemap index
  • seomatic.helper.extractTextFromField(FIELD) - Extract plain text from a PlainText, Redactor, CKEdtior, Tags, or Matrix field
  • seomatic.helper.extractKeywords(TEXT, LIMIT) - Extract up to LIMIT most important keywords from TEXT
  • seomatic.helper.extractSummary(TEXT) - Extract the most important 3 sentences from TEXT
  • seomatic.helper.socialTransform(ASSET, TRANSFORMNAME) - Transform the ASSET (either an Asset or an Asset ID) for social media sites in TRANSFORMNAME; valid values are base, facebook, twitter-summary, and twitter-large
  • seomatic.helper.seoFileLink(FILE_URL, ROBOTS, CANONICAL, INLINE) - Generates a link to a local or remote file that allows you to set the X-Robots-Tag header via ROBOTS (defaults to all) and Link canonical header via CANONICAL (defaults to '') as per Advanced rel="canonical" HTTP Headers. INLINE controls whether the file will be displayed inline or downloaded. If any values are empty '', the headers will not be included.

SEOmatic Tags & Containers

All of the SEOmatic tags, links, scripts, title, and JSON-LD are meta objects that have their values set from the seomatic.meta variables.

These meta objects know what properties they should have, and can self-validate. If devMode is on, you can check the Yii2 Debug Toolbar's Log to see any validation warnings or errors with your tags.

All of SEOmatic's meta objects are stored in containers, and they can be accessed and manipulated directly. You can even dynamically create new tags via Twig at template render time.

All of the meta object (tags, scripts, links, title, and JSON-LD) have the same API to make it easy to use.

Meta Object .get()
{% set descriptionTag = seomatic.tag.get("description") %}

...will return the <meta name="description"> meta object to you in descriptionTag.

Meta Object Properties

You can access meta object properties just like you can any Twig variable:

{{ descriptionTag.content }}

or

{% set myContent = seomatic.meta.seoTitle %}

They can also be changed by passing in a value with the Twig {% do %} syntax:

{% do descriptionTag.content("Some description") %}

All meta objects also have an include property that determines whether or not they should be included on your web page:

{% do descriptionTag.include(false) %}

You could also chain this together in a single line:

{% do seomatic.tag.get("description").include(false) %}

And you can set multiple attributes at once using an array syntax:

{% do seomatic.tag.get("description").setAttributes({
  "content": "Some Description",
  "include": false
  })
%}

Which is the same as doing:

{% do seomatic.tag.get("description")
  .content("Some Description")
  .include(false)
%}

So use whatever you like better.

Meta Object .create()

To create a new meta object, you pass in a key:value array of the attributes to use when creating it:

{% set linkTag = seomatic.link.create({
  "rel": "canonical",
  "content": "https://nystudio107.com"
  })
%}

By default, newly created meta objects are added to the appropriate meta container, so they will be rendered on the page. Should you wish to create a meta object but not have it added to a container, you can pass in an optional false parameter:

{% set linkTag = seomatic.link.create({
  "rel": "canonical",
  "content": "https://nystudio107.com"
  }, false)
%}
Meta Object Validation

All meta objects can self-validate:

{% set myJsonLd = seomatic.jsonLd.create({
    'type': 'Article',
    'name': 'Some Blog',
    'url': 'woopsie',
}) %}

{% if myJsonLd.validate() %}
    <p>Valid!</p>
{% else %}
    <ul>
        {% for param,errors in myJsonLd.errors %}
            <li>
                {{ param ~ " " }}
                <ul>
                    {% for error in errors %}
                        <li>
                            {{ error ~ " " }}
                        </li>
                    {% endfor %}
                </ul>
            </li>
        {% endfor %}
    </ul>
{% endif %}

This will output:

  • url
    • Must be one of these types: URL

Which tells you that the url parameter is invalid. The default validation just ensures that all of the properties are correct.

You can also set the scenario to display properties that Google requires/recommends:

{% set myJsonLd = seomatic.jsonLd.create({
    'type': 'Article',
    'name': 'Some Blog',
    'url': 'woopsie',
}) %}

{% do myJsonLd.setScenario('google') %}

{% if myJsonLd.validate() %}
    <p>Valid!</p>
{% else %}
    <ul>
        {% for param,errors in myJsonLd.errors %}
            <li>
                {{ param ~ " " }}
                <ul>
                    {% for error in errors %}
                        <li>
                            {{ error ~ " " }}
                        </li>
                    {% endfor %}
                </ul>
            </li>
        {% endfor %}
    </ul>
{% endif %}

This will output:

  • url
    • Must be one of these types: URL
  • image
    • This property is recommended by Google.
  • author
    • This property is required by Google.
  • datePublished
    • This property is required by Google.
  • headline
    • This property is required by Google.
  • publisher
    • This property is required by Google.
  • mainEntityOfPage
    • This property is recommended by Google.
  • dateModified
    • This property is recommended by Google.

If the website has devMode on, all of the meta objects are automatically validated as they are rendered, with the results displayed in the Yii Debug Toolbar. The Yii Debug Toolbar can be enabled in your account settings page.

JSON-LD Meta Object Functions seomatic.jsonLd

  • seomatic.jsonLd.get(META_HANDLE) Returns the JSON-LD meta object of the handle META_HANDLE or null if it is not found
  • seomatic.jsonLd.create() Creates a JSON-LD meta object from an array of key/value properties. The type can be any of the Schema.org types.
  • seomatic.jsonLd.add(META_OBJECT) Adds the META_OBJECT to the JSON-LD container to be rendered
  • seomatic.jsonLd.render() Renders all of the JSON-LD meta objects to your template. This is only needed if you have turned off Automatic Render in Plugin Settings
  • seomatic.jsonLd.container() Returns the container that holds an array of all of the JSON-LD meta objects
JSON-LD Meta Object Examples:

Create a new Article JSON-LD meta object:

{% set myJsonLd = seomatic.jsonLd.create({
    'type': 'Article',
    'name': 'Some Blog',
    'url': 'https://nystudio107.com/blog',
}) %}

Get the existing MainEntityOfPage as set in the Global SEO or Content SEO AdminCP section to modify it (schema.org: mainEntityOfPage):

{% set mainEntity = seomatic.jsonLd.get('mainEntityOfPage') %}

If you want to add something to the existing MainEntityOfPage (in this case an Offer), you can do it like this:

{% set mainEntity = seomatic.jsonLd.get('mainEntityOfPage') %}

{% set offersJsonLd = seomatic.jsonLd.create({
    'type': 'Offer',
    'name': 'Some prop',
    'url': 'Some url',
}) %}

{% do mainEntity.offers(offerJsonLd) %}

Get the existing BreadcrumbList as generated automatically by SEOmatic to modify them (schema.org: BreadcrumbList):

{% set crumbs = seomatic.jsonLd.get('breadcrumbList') %}

Display the breadcrumbs on the page:

{% set crumbList = seomatic.jsonLd.get('breadcrumbList').itemListElement %}
{% for crumb in crumbList %}
    <a href="{{ crumb.item['@id'] }}">{{ crumb.item['name'] }}</a>
    {% if not loop.last %}&raquo;{% endif %}
{% endfor %}

Get the existing Identity as set in the Site Settings AdminCP section to modify it:

{% set identity = seomatic.jsonLd.get('identity') %}

Let's say you want to add a Brand to the Identity, you'd do this:

{% set identity = seomatic.jsonLd.get('identity') %}

{% set brand = seomatic.jsonLd.create({
    'type': 'Brand',
    'name': 'Some prop',
    'url': 'Some url',
}) %}

{% do identity.brand(brand) %}

Get the existing Creator as set in the Site Settings AdminCP section to modify it:

{% set identity = seomatic.jsonLd.get('creator') %}

Link Meta Object Functions seomatic.link

  • seomatic.link.get(META_HANDLE) Returns the Link meta object of the handle META_HANDLE or null if it is not found
  • seomatic.link.create(CONFIG_ARRAY) Creates a Link meta object from an array of key/value properties
  • seomatic.link.add(META_OBJECT) Adds the META_OBJECT to the Link container to be rendered
  • seomatic.link.render() Renders all of the Link meta objects to your template. This is only needed if you have turned off Automatic Render in Plugin Settings
  • seomatic.link.container() Returns the container that holds an array of all of the Link meta objects
Link Meta Object Examples:

Change the <link rel="canonical">:

{% do seomatic.link.get("canonical").href("https://nystudio107.com") %}

Note that you can achieve the same result with:

{% do seomatic.meta.canonicalUrl("https://nystudio107.com") %}

...since the canonicalUrl populates the <link rel="canonical"> Link meta object

Script Meta Object Functions seomatic.script

  • seomatic.script.get(META_HANDLE) Returns the Script meta object of the handle META_HANDLE or null if it is not found
  • seomatic.script.create() Creates a Script meta object from an array of key/value properties
  • seomatic.script.add(META_OBJECT) Adds the META_OBJECT to the Script container to be rendered
  • seomatic.script.render() Renders all of the Script meta objects to your template. This is only needed if you have turned off Automatic Render in Plugin Settings
  • seomatic.script.container() Returns the container that holds an array of all of the Script meta objects
Script Meta Object Examples:

Don't include the Google Analytics script on the page:

{% do seomatic.script.get("googleAnalytics").include(false) %}

Tag Meta Object Functions seomatic.tag

  • seomatic.tag.get(META_HANDLE) Returns the Tag meta object of the handle META_HANDLE or null if it is not found
  • seomatic.tag.create() Creates a Tag meta object from an array of key/value properties
  • seomatic.tag.add(META_OBJECT) Adds the META_OBJECT to the Tag container to be rendered
  • seomatic.tag.render() Renders all of the Tag meta objects to your template. This is only needed if you have turned off Automatic Render in Plugin Settings
  • seomatic.tag.container() Returns the container that holds an array of all of the Tag meta objects
Tag Meta Object Examples:

Change the <meta name="twitter:title">:

{% do seomatic.tag.get("twitter:title").content("Hello, world") %}

Note that you can achieve the same result with:

{% do seomatic.meta.twitterTitle("Hello, world") %}

...since the twitterTitle populates the <meta name="twitter:title"> Tag meta object by default.

Let's say you didn't want Google et al to index a particular page or under certain conditions. You could do this:

{% do seomatic.tag.get("robots").content("none") %}

Note that you can achieve the same result with:

{% do seomatic.meta.robots("none") %}

...since the robots populates the <meta name="robots"> Tag meta object by default.

Title Meta Object Functions seomatic.title

  • seomatic.title.get(META_HANDLE) Returns the Title meta object of the handle META_HANDLE or null if it is not found
  • seomatic.title.create() Creates a Title meta object from an array of key/value properties
  • seomatic.title.add(META_OBJECT) Adds the META_OBJECT to the Title container to be rendered
  • seomatic.title.render() Renders Title meta object to your template. This is only needed if you have turned off Automatic Render in Plugin Settings
  • seomatic.title.container() Returns the container that holds an array with the Title meta object in it
Tag Meta Object Examples:

Change the <title>:

{% do seomatic.title.get("title").content("My page title") %}

Note that you can achieve the same result with:

{% do seomatic.meta.seoTitle("My page title") %}

...since the seoTitle populates the <title"> Title meta object

Meta Containers

Normally you don't need to work with meta containers directly, but SEOmatic gives you access to them if you need to.

You can get the meta container for each type of meta object by doing:

{% set jsonLdContainer = seomatic.jsonLd.container() %}
{% set linkContainer = seomatic.link.container() %}
{% set scriptContainer = seomatic.script.container() %}
{% set tagContainer = seomatic.tag.container() %}
{% set titleContainer = seomatic.title.container() %}

Then you can do things like tell an entire container to not render:

{% set scriptContainer = seomatic.script.container() %}
{% do scriptContainer.include(false) %}

or just:

{% do seomatic.script.container().include(false) %}

Containers are also cached. Typically SEOmatic manages this cache for you, but should you wish to invalidate the cache manually, you can do so via:

{% set scriptContainer = seomatic.script.container() %}
{% do scriptContainer.clearCache(true) %}

or just:

{% do seomatic.script.container().clearCache(true) %}

Config File Customization

Config Settings

SEOmatic supports the standard config.php multi-environment friendly config file for the plugin settings. Just copy the config.php to your Craft config/ directory as seomatic.php and you can configure the settings in a multi-environment friendly way.

These are the same settings that are configured in the Plugin Settings in the AdminCP.

Meta Bundle / Container Settings

The directory vendor/nystudio107/seomatic/src/seomatic-config contains a number of files that are used when initially configuring SEOmatic.

Screenshot

You can copy this entire directory to your Craft config/ directory, and customize the files to your heart's content. SEOmatic will first look in the config/ directory for any given file, and then fall back on its own internal seomatic-config files.

Note that these files are only used when initially creating a meta bundle. That is, whenever the plugin is installed, or new Section, Category Groups, or Commerce Product Types are created. Once meta bundles have been created, changing the settings in the file will have no effect.

You can bump the Bundle.php's bundleVersion setting if you want it to re-read your config settings.

Headless SPA API

SEOmatic allows you to fetch the meta information for any page via a controller API endpoint, so you can render the meta data via a frontend framework like VueJS or React.

Meta Container API Endpoints

To get all of the meta containers for a given URI, the controller action is:

/actions/seomatic/meta-container/all-meta-containers/?uri=/

...where uri is the path to obtain the meta information from.

This will return to you an array of meta containers, with the render-ready meta tags in each:

{
    "MetaTitleContainer": "<title>[devMode] Craft3 | Homepage</title>",
    "MetaTagContainer": "<meta name=\"generator\" content=\"SEOmatic\"><meta name=\"referrer\" content=\"no-referrer-when-downgrade\"><meta name=\"robots\" content=\"all\">",
    "MetaLinkContainer": "<link href=\"http://craft3.test/\" rel=\"canonical\"><link type=\"text/plain\" href=\"/humans.txt\" rel=\"author\"><link href=\"http://craft3.test/\" rel=\"alternate\" hreflang=\"es\">",
    "MetaScriptContainer": "",
    "MetaJsonLdContainer": "<script type=\"application/ld+json\">{\"@context\":\"http://schema.org\",\"@type\":\"WebPage\",\"image\":{\"@type\":\"ImageObject\",\"height\":\"804\",\"width\":\"1200\"},\"inLanguage\":\"en-us\",\"mainEntityOfPage\":\"http://craft3.test/\",\"name\":\"Homepage\",\"url\":\"http://craft3.test/\"}</script><script type=\"application/ld+json\">{\"@context\":\"http://schema.org\",\"@type\":\"BreadcrumbList\",\"description\":\"Breadcrumbs list\",\"itemListElement\":[{\"@type\":\"ListItem\",\"item\":{\"@id\":\"http://craft3.test/\",\"name\":\"Homepage\"},\"position\":1}],\"name\":\"Breadcrumbs\"}</script>"
}

If you need to request a URI from a specific site in a multi-site setup, you can do that with the optional siteId=SITE_ID parameter:

/actions/seomatic/meta-container/all-meta-containers/?uri=/&siteId=2

Should you wish to have the items in the meta containers return as an array of data instead, you can do that with the optional asArray=true parameter:

/actions/seomatic/meta-container/all-meta-containers/?uri=/&asArray=true

Which will return the data in array form:

{
    "MetaTitleContainer": {
        "title": {
            "title": "[devMode] Craft3 | Homepage"
        }
    },
    "MetaTagContainer": {
        "generator": {
            "content": "SEOmatic",
            "name": "generator"
        },
        "referrer": {
            "content": "no-referrer-when-downgrade",
            "name": "referrer"
        },
        "robots": {
            "content": "all",
            "name": "robots"
        }
    },
    "MetaLinkContainer": {
        "canonical": {
            "href": "http://craft3.test/",
            "rel": "canonical"
        },
        "author": {
            "href": "/humans.txt",
            "rel": "author",
            "type": "text/plain"
        },
        "alternate": {
            "href": "http://craft3.test/",
            "hreflang": "es",
            "rel": "alternate"
        }
    },
    "MetaScriptContainer": [],
    "MetaJsonLdContainer": {
        "WebPage": {
            "@context": "http://schema.org",
            "@type": "WebPage",
            "image": {
                "@type": "ImageObject",
                "height": "804",
                "width": "1200"
            },
            "inLanguage": "en-us",
            "mainEntityOfPage": "http://craft3.test/",
            "name": "Homepage",
            "url": "http://craft3.test/"
        },
        "BreadcrumbList": {
            "@context": "http://schema.org",
            "@type": "BreadcrumbList",
            "description": "Breadcrumbs list",
            "itemListElement": [
                {
                    "@type": "ListItem",
                    "item": {
                        "@id": "http://craft3.test/",
                        "name": "Homepage"
                    },
                    "position": 1
                }
            ],
            "name": "Breadcrumbs"
        }
    }
}

You can also request individual meta containers.

Title container:

/actions/seomatic/meta-container/meta-title-container/?uri=/

...will return just the Title container:

{
    "MetaTitleContainer": "<title>[devMode] Craft3 | Homepage</title>"
}

Tag container:

/actions/seomatic/meta-container/meta-tag-container/?uri=/

...will return just the Tag container:

{
     "MetaTagContainer": "<meta name=\"generator\" content=\"SEOmatic\"><meta name=\"referrer\" content=\"no-referrer-when-downgrade\"><meta name=\"robots\" content=\"all\">"
 }

Script container:

/actions/seomatic/meta-container/meta-script-container/?uri=/

...will return just the Script container:

{
    "MetaScriptContainer": ""
}

Link container:

/actions/seomatic/meta-container/meta-link-container/?uri=/

...will return just the Link container:

{
    "MetaLinkContainer": "<link href=\"http://craft3.test/\" rel=\"canonical\"><link type=\"text/plain\" href=\"/humans.txt\" rel=\"author\"><link href=\"http://craft3.test/\" rel=\"alternate\" hreflang=\"es\">"
}

JSON-LD container:

/actions/seomatic/meta-container/meta-json-ld-container/?uri=/

...will return just the JSON-LD container:

{
    "MetaJsonLdContainer": "<script type=\"application/ld+json\">{\"@context\":\"http://schema.org\",\"@type\":\"WebPage\",\"image\":{\"@type\":\"ImageObject\",\"height\":\"804\",\"width\":\"1200\"},\"inLanguage\":\"en-us\",\"mainEntityOfPage\":\"http://craft3.test/\",\"name\":\"Homepage\",\"url\":\"http://craft3.test/\"}</script><script type=\"application/ld+json\">{\"@context\":\"http://schema.org\",\"@type\":\"BreadcrumbList\",\"description\":\"Breadcrumbs list\",\"itemListElement\":[{\"@type\":\"ListItem\",\"item\":{\"@id\":\"http://craft3.test/\",\"name\":\"Homepage\"},\"position\":1}],\"name\":\"Breadcrumbs\"}</script>"
}

All of the individual container controller API endpoints also accept the &asArray=true parameter if you'd like the data in array form.

Schema.org API Endpoints

To get a key/value array of a given Schema.org type:

/actions/seomatic/json-ld/get-type?schemaType=Article

To get a decomposed version of a given Schema.org type, with the properties grouped by each inherited type:

/actions/seomatic/json-ld/get-decomposed-type?schemaType=Article

To get a hierarchical array of all of the schema types:

/actions/seomatic/json-ld/get-type-array?path=Article

You can narrow this down to a specific sub-type list by passing in a path of schema types delimited by a .:

/actions/seomatic/json-ld/get-type-array?path=CreativeWork.Article

...this would output all of the sub-types of Article:

{
  "AdvertiserContentArticle": "AdvertiserContentArticle",
  "NewsArticle": {
    "AnalysisNewsArticle": "AnalysisNewsArticle",
    "BackgroundNewsArticle": "BackgroundNewsArticle",
    "OpinionNewsArticle": "OpinionNewsArticle",
    "ReportageNewsArticle": "ReportageNewsArticle",
    "ReviewNewsArticle": "ReviewNewsArticle"
  },
  "Report": "Report",
  "SatiricalArticle": "SatiricalArticle",
  "ScholarlyArticle": {
    "MedicalScholarlyArticle": "MedicalScholarlyArticle"
  },
  "SocialMediaPosting": {
    "BlogPosting": {
      "LiveBlogPosting": "LiveBlogPosting"
    },
    "DiscussionForumPosting": "DiscussionForumPosting"
  },
  "TechArticle": {
    "APIReference": "APIReference"
  }
}

SEOmatic Roadmap

Some things to do, and ideas for potential features:

  • Content Analytics - Add content analytics, potentially in the "Pro" edition

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