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Is it possible to add meta tags to WordPress hosted blog?

     
8:19 pm on Feb 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hello!

I am looking into optimizing a WordPress blog and I would like to put meta description and keywords tags in the header.php. My problem is I donít know how to do it with a WordPress blog that is hosted by WordPress. The person whose blog Iím interested in adding the meta tags to got the domain name directly from WordPress. She didnít download it or anything, just opened an account with them and after a quick check for domain name availability was all set. It is hosted on WordPress and she has full access to her dashboard from any computer.

I know one can add meta tags to domains that are for example Linux hosted because one is able to get at all the .php files that way. Can I do this if the blog is hosted with WordPress? Maybe from the dashboard?

I thank you in advance

9:34 pm on Feb 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I don't believe you can do any of that on Wordpress.com. You can't edit underlying files and you can't add in plugins (which is the better way to add meta information to posts).

So you're pretty much stuck unless you host yourself WRT to the description. As for the meta tags, you have non-meta tags available which probably have more utility and value anyway.

1:36 am on Feb 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, that's what I thought. Thanks for your input to my project.
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Some people always tout the advantages of hosting via Wordpress.com (security chiefly), but I guess the inability to install plugins is a significant liability.
1:01 pm on Feb 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yup, I'm beginning to see you're right ergophobe.

Thanks for the help, I appreciate it!