If this FAQ page does not answer your question, before you post a comment, please consider:
- What exactly is not working? The meta tags are not in the source? The page is completely blank? Please be as specific as possible.
- What is your PHP error log saying?
- Please specify the versions you are using: PHP, WordPress, Platinum SEO Pack.
You are of-course free to leave appreciatory remarks and valid suggestions.Let us move on to the FAQs folks…
Does it work with older versions of WordPress?
Yes it does work with earlier versions. However it is always recommended to update your wordpress blog to the latest version.There is no harm in upgrading. WordPress is free buddy 🙂
Is Version 2.0 of the plugin backward compatible?
Yes, it is. The plugin does not delete any of the old data like Titles, descriptions etc. But it is necessary to ensure that the new settings are in place. If you are using an older version of the plugin, make sure that you Deactivate it update to the new version V2.0 and then Activate it again. it is essential to do this. For example, make sure that Use Title Rewriter is checked by default in General settings under the SEO tab of Platinum SEO and Social Pack.. If you are using an old theme that does not support “title-tag”, then you may ckeck “Force Rewrite Title” option in General settings. This is needed only if your titles doesn’t appear to be rewritten.
I am not able to see the new features after updating to the new version
The plugin does not seem to be working…
Test it with the default wordpress theme. If it works there, your theme is missing the appropriate call to wp_head() usually found in header.php. Please patch it, taking it from the default theme.If you don’t know how to do this, the following steps might work. Do them on your own risk:
- In your admin panel, go to Plugins – Theme Editor
- On the right bar, click on Header
- Locate the line with </head>
- Insert the following link before it:
<?php wp_head(); ?>
If it still does not work, then your theme needs scrutiny. You can leave a comment on this page for any plugin issues, but please specify what exactly isn’t working, your WP version and if possible your PHP version.
After activating Platinum SEO Plugin I see two sets of meta tags
Disable other SEO Plugins and enable Platinum SEO. This plugin gives you all the functionality and gives you more cool options. Also make sure to edit your theme and remove whatever static meta descriptions and/or meta keywords you have in there. If it is not your theme, you are probably using another plugin that is generating them. Disable that as well.
My URLs do not get rewritten
Platinum SEO Pack doesn’t handle this, it’s already done by WordPress itself. Visit Settings- Permalinks to set it up. However Platinum SEO Pack gives you the option to rewrite titles.
How to get help on Platinum SEO Settings?
For help on any of the settings, read the description against it and also read the article on Platinum SEO. You may also read other guides on this website. You may also ping us on Twitter @Techblissonline or on Facebook or send us an email.
How often will this be released?
A new release will be made only for bug fixes and for new features that may be essential from an SEO perspective.If you have any suggestion, do ping me.I will consider to implement them, only if you can convince me.
Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 8388608 bytes exhausted…What is that?
Platinum SEO uses output buffering to rewrite the titles only when you use “Force Rewrite Titles” option in version 2.0 of the plugin. In most cases this option is not needed, if you are using a theme that supports “title-tag” via add_theme_support WordPress API. WordPress has now made it mandatory for themes to provide support for “title-tag” via the add_theme_support API. But if you are using an old theme that doesn’t add titles via this API, you may have to ensure Force Rewrite Titles option is checked in SEO -> General Settings of the plugin. When this option is checked, title rewrites happen using output buffering and this needs memory, There’s no way to optimize that much more, and on most hosting setups it just works which leads me to the conclusion that there are some companies who are just skimpy with memory. If the above error appears on admin pages, it’s not even output buffering related. I’d recommend switching to a host that can provide sufficient memory or disabling some plugins.
Home page title gets rewritten by category in my theme. How to resolve this? (Old FAQ)
Many magazine themes use multiple loops (wordpress loop) on their home page. If your Home page uses a custom query or multiple loops, make sure you use WP_Query for those calls. If your code uses query_posts then wordpress gets confused and thinks it is on the Category page for the last post it selected instead of on the home page. As a result Platinum SEO includes a category title instead of the home page title. Hen for your home page template use WP_Query so that Platinum SEO outputs the correct Title on the home page.
Example code for WP using WP_Query:
$myquery = new WP_Query('showposts=5');
while ($myquery->have_posts()) : $myquery->the_post();
If you have a premium theme, request your theme designer for support and ask him to use wp_query instead of query_posts. Refer him the “Important Note” on wordpress Codex Page for query_posts() here – http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/query_posts