Meet MetaMan, Our Evolved Plugin X

Meet MetaMan, Our Evolved Plugin X

About two months ago, a client came up to me asking for advise on managing SEO on his site. I suggested to him that he could use the meta data in Joomla! menu manager out-of-the-box or with the help of a handful of 3rd party Joomla plugins.

 

A week later, he came back informing me that he gave up on using Joomla for his site. Then, I remembered about Plugin X and shared with him a screen of what we built about almost 4 years ago, and to my surprise he was super excited and wanted to get hold of it.

 

This led me to think that this very plugin is pretty useful. Just like how we built our own Voices, Changelog and Issue Tracker area where these extensions, plugins could really help and benefit others. Discussing this with my colleagues, we took out our thinking caps and find ways to evolve Plugin X to something more user friendly :)

 

After weeks of effort being sowed to polish up Plugin X, we decided to call it "Meta Manager" a.k.a MetaMan (and I was also told that there was MegaMan).

 

What does MetaMan do?

It allows a site administrator to easily manage the site's meta data along with Facebook's Opengraph and Twitter Card's meta. Not only does it allow you to set the meta data, you could even upload images on the page directly!

 

Gone are the days where you have to manually upload your images from FTP or Joomla media manager and figuring out the absolute url to these images; then update your metadata. This gives you complete and absolute control over how these items appear on your pages, articles or as a matter of fact, any extensions that you run on the site.

 

Check out some of the screenshots here:

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Supported Joomla Versions

MetaMan works out of the box across Joomla versions 2.5 and Joomla 3.x.

 

Why was it called a Plugin X?

4 years back, it was so frustrating and annoying that my team and I had to view the menu item in Joomla and compare it back with the contents that is available on the site and trying to update the meta data. To make matters worst, every time a new marketing member joins the team, I have to teach them over and over again.

 

The process of doing this was killing my time and killing what I love to do most which was coding! Out of anger, I named it a pretty obscene name that it shouldn't be disclosed to the public :p Don't worry, I am convinced that I have removed any reference to that "obscene" word. I promise! I did a code review on myself for more than 10 times :)

 

What's the costing like?

Pricing for MetaMan will be $49 which includes 6 months of our fanatical support and software updates. As an introductory offer, for the next 3 days, you could get your hands on MetaMan for only $35


Who says only Wordpress has cool SEO toys :) Joomla! has cool SEO toys too!

 

Comments (34)

  • Paul Murray

    about 3 months ago

    To date I have really neglected SEO work so it can not be too hard to make a big difference. Thus I will be taking the plunge. Just wondering if Mark or any one else has a tip for some kind of free intuitive online tool that I can use in conjunction with MetaMan to rate how SEO friendly my site was/becomes? :D

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    https://google.com/webmaster is your best friend (it's free too) and MetaMan is well suited for these kind of operations because upon clicking on the bad links on webmaster, you get to the page directly and you get to fix it immediately without opening your back end :)

    Been there, done that, suffered and created a tool =)))

    Comment last edited on about 3 months ago by Mark
  • Paul Murray

    about 3 months ago

    Hey Mark, I will check this out. Thanks Paul.

  • Kevin Morrison

    about 3 months ago

    Mark is spot on with his recommendation using Google, however if you want something a bit more user friendly and give you more control give Piwik a look. The free community version can be setup on your local web account and the team at Yireo has been kind enough to give us a free plugin for Joomla to get it all hooked up. While I use and love Google, I find Piwik to be much more user friendly and offers some granularity that Google does not.

  • Paul Murray

    about 3 months ago

    Hi Kevin

    Thanks for the tip.
    I like user friendly :D
    Checking this now.

    best

    Paul

  • Robert

    about 3 months ago

    This little plugin looks promising. I am in the same boat with Paul :p

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    The impact of not having good SEO is that you will result in losing out on SERP. Though, Google crawler seems to be more intelligent these days as it would be able to scrape contents from your site directly but it's always good to have a backup in place.

    I would think it's more of a "guidance" where you share with the crawlers about the content of your page :)

    P/S: This nifty tool also allows you to define opengraph and twitter card objects too. Unlike search engine crawler's, these are important meta data because these information is visible to people on Facebook when someone shares a link on your site.

    As a comparison, try sharing the page at http://stackideas.com/metaman on Facebook versus http://stackideas.com/easyblog

    Comment last edited on about 3 months ago by Mark
  • Robert

    about 3 months ago

    Thanks for the info Mark.

  • n00bster

    about 3 months ago

    what about to include this in the Club & Agency bundle?

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    The bundles are already made very affordable and we can't fit in additional services to it unless we adjust the price but it's going to be a no brainer because our intention of introducing bundles is to make it more affordable :)

  • Jeroen

    about 3 months ago

    Hi Mark,

    Can this extension only be used in the frontend? Or do you have also screens/demo for the backend?

    Kind regards,
    Jeroen

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    Hello Jeroen,

    Yes, the idea and concept is to allow you to easily modify it from the front end :) Perhaps editing this from the back end would come in later versions but I don't see the idea behind modifying them in a huge list of table because most of the time you won't be able to know what you are editing unless you preview it

  • Jeroen

    about 3 months ago

    You're right, but i like the table overview (for example in Alledia's OSMeta) to see which pages are optimized and which are not.

  • Kevin Morrison

    about 3 months ago

    Very valid point that Jeroen makes and one of the reasons I will sadly not be use MetaMan.

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    Noted, will definitely take note of this :)

  • jan!

    about 3 months ago

    Hello, any plan to integrate an Auto generation of description and other data ? some thing lile the SEO generator extension.

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    Yes, in the future versions :) We already have this feature built into EasyBlog and it would be pretty easy to tap this into MetaMan

  • jan!

    about 3 months ago

    @Mark, i think that the next joomla trends extensions will be support and chatbots extensions, i believe an extension similar to the intercom chat tool could be a best seller ;)

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Jan :) Our first baby step to that was Conversekit but we'll see how this goes and the traction that Conversekit provides :p

  • Josh Lewis

    about 3 months ago

    This is so meta! :D Congrats on this nice extension for Joomla. I tested it with success on Facebook from the demo site, it displays the preview image as expected. :) One suggestion I have is to make it possible to load the meta editor buttons near the title (around where the date/author show). The current method is extremely easy to use, however some of us might already have floating objects and want to reduce distractions to our users in such cases. The floating could be based on a mm-float class that controls if it's floating or based on the option setting of it's display position.

    Comment last edited on about 3 months ago by Josh Lewis
  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    Looks like a pretty good idea :) Will definitely consider this in the next release. Perhaps some settings that allows you to reposition these buttons :)

    Comment last edited on about 3 months ago by Mark
  • Alexis Priddy

    about 3 months ago

    Is the data stored in the regular #__content table or in its own table?

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    The data is stored in it's own table :)

  • Jeroen

    about 3 months ago

    I understand when Twitter and Facebook data is stored in own table.

    But Joomla metadata is by default stored in #__content. Will this table be used or will this metadata also be stored in another table?

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    All the metadata will be stored on it's own table. It does not overwrite your data from #__content. This allows you to revert changes in the event you don't want your modifications :)

  • Eileen O'Donnell

    about 3 months ago

    Just noticed it states "every 6 Months" in the order area; does it create a recurring payment or do we just get an update notification in the back-end that support will/has lapsed?

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    Hello Eileen,

    It is a recurring subscription but you can cancel it any time after your purchase :)

  • Guest - Emmanuel

    about 3 months ago

    While I am happy that someone has come up with a new tool, I have to say that I find it to be:

    1. quite expensive for 6 months of support... I am probably the only one but I figured I should still share my opinion... part of the reason I feel this way is: it does not do much just yet, I realize there are more features planned of course.

    2. I work mostly with Small Businesses [1-10 people] and while you may think $ 49/6 months isn't much and per say you are right, when you add it to the cost of everything else needed for a website it sure does add up - especially seen from the eyes of Small clients.

    3. it has only a Front-End interface - I realize that is LOVED by some but I'm sorry, I actually MUCH prefer/like/love being in the backend...

    I do however look forward to see how the product evolves and whether or not pricing will be adjusted etc etc
    Congratulations so far...

  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated!

  • Sean Carney

    about 3 months ago

    Does this work only with Joomla content or will it also work with K2 and with Stackideas software?

    PS. I think the name EasyMeta would have been good. :-)
    Of course I think Komento could be EasyComments as well. :-)

    Comment last edited on about 3 months ago by Sean Carney
  • Mark

    about 3 months ago

    It works with any pages that you have on the site, regardless of which extension do you use :)

  • Brian Peat

    about 2 months ago

    FYI, I'm testing this and Admin Tools WAP completely blocks it. Trying to figure out if I can white list a plugin, but it appears like you can only white list components or query strings, so I'm hoping someone with a copy who is smarter than me can test it and figure out what to put in the whitelist entry to unblock this plugin. It's the DFIShield function that is blocking it. For now I can turn it off, but that's not really a long term solution.

    Comment last edited on about 2 months ago by Brian Peat
  • n00bster

    about 2 months ago

    You can Whitelist single files also > take a look @ Exceptions in the htaccess maker ;)
    To find the blocked file, look in the console of your browser.
    https://www.akeebabackup.com/documentation/admin-tools/server-protection.html

  • Mark

    about 2 months ago

    Thanks for sharing this n00bster :)

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