Why the new name?
There are a couple of reasons for this. First, so much has changed in the code that it is mostly a different package and maintaining it would be difficult if it were considered just an update. But beyond that, a lot of people mistakenly confuse the Header Tags Controller as just a meta tags handler. It is that but has gone beyond that basic function for some time now. So to compare it to the other meta tags contributions is just wrong. And I should say here that if all you are looking for is a way to handle the meta tags of your shop, you should not install this contribution since it is definitely overkill. But when you consider that the keywords meta tag is rarely used by google at all nowadays, I can't imagine why someone would want to install a package that relied on that tag so much. And that is the real reason for the new name. This contribution is the only one of its kind to tie together so many Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tricks, that the new namejust made sense.
What's the difference?
The following are the major changes (or the ones I could remember) in this new
-> The code is 100% langage compliant.
-> Removed the english/header_tags.php file in favor of database entries.
-> Fixed a bug introduced in a previous version. A spelling mistake would make Page Control fail in some cases. I only mention this here because it was a nasty little bug I could never locate. So anyone having that problem should consider upgrading.
-> Added control options to admin->Configuration.
-> Added additional meta tag options. It is doubtful these will be used that much but a number of requests were received for this option so it was added.
-> Added an option to view the title and meta tags on the actual web page from admin.
-> Added Social Bookmark code.
-> Added code to apply mouseover text to the sites logo - unique for each page.
-> Added code to have the breadcrumb use the header tags titles.
-> Added an exclude list in admin/includes/functions/header_tags.php that prevents header tags code from being added to certain files (like checkout pages). This is because those pages don't need tags and excluding them will simplify matters.
-> Added option to Page Control and Fill Tags so that the keywords can be dynamically generated from the pages on the site. Currently, the code only supports single keywords but I plan on changing that. There is an option in admin to only pick keywords that fall within the keyword density settings.
-> Added an automatic page add feature. You still have to edit the actual file in the root but that's all.
-> Added easy install instruction for STS shops. There is just one change to make and the two contribution work together.
-> Added code to have the new features work with BTS based shops. There may be a few cases where an option doesn't work due to how BTS handles the files, but they should be minimal and not anything to cause a great stir.
-> Changed how title, description and keywords are built. This should provide more flexibility for those that want that option. Each item has a sort order and is displayed in the string of text based on that sort order. So, for example, the title of a page can contain some entered text, the default title and the category and manufacturers names (if applicable), in any order.
-> Added an Un-Install file to completely remove Header Tags from the database. This should make testing and troubleshooting easier.
-> Added code to use curl instead of standard php file calls. The code will try curl first and then switch to a file command if it is not present.
-> Tested in MS2, RC2, STS and BTS shops.
Special thanks to the following for their suggestions:
A lot of time went into creating this contribuiton. I hope it proves useful.
Edited by Jack_mcs, 04 April 2008 - 02:21 AM.