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Simple SEO
Summary Header modifications that support Meta keywords for names, aliases, nicknames, and married names. Also supports page title simplification from Simple Titles Mod.
Mod Updated 02 Nov 2021
Download link v13.0.0.7
TNG 13.0

TNG 12.0.3

TNG 12.0

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Author(s) Bill Herndon
Homepage Simple SEO
Mod Support Simple SEO support.
Contact Developer Email me.
Latest Mod for TNG 13.0+ TNG 12.0.3+ for TNG 12.0+ for TNG 11.1.1+ for TNG 11.1.0 for TNG 11.0.0+
Min TNG V 10.1.0 *
Max TNG V 13.1.1
Files modified
getperson.php, familygroup.php, genlib.php, globallib.php, familychart.php, suggest.php
Related Mods
* If you need a Simple SEO package for TNG release 10, please contact me directly.


This mod supports a number of simple search-engine optimizations designed to improve person and family page rankings and to help TNG sites avoid arbitrary rewriting of page titles in Google search results. First, Meta keywords tags are added to individual and family-group page headers for names, aliases, and nicknames. Although Google claims not to use keyword tags, other search engines such as Bing still do. Second, dates are simplified for page titles on the individual, family-group, and family-chart pages. Simple SEO is internationalized supporting Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish. Family titles are presented in the site's current language or in English when an unsupported language is used. Finally, Person and family IDs can be displayed or hidden in the TNG page headers by using mod parameters.


Bill Herndon


  • A working TNG installation (10.1.0 - 13.1.1)
  • The Mod Manager


  • Download the .zip file to your mods directory and unpack it.
  • Install the mod using the TNG Mod Manager.
  • Edit the supplied parameter to choose a 'long' or 'short' format for your titles.


  • Disable the mod through the Mod Manager
  • Install the new version of the mod
  • Enable the mod through the Mod Manager


Keyword Optimization (HTML Headers)

On individual, family-group, and family-chart pages, names, nicknames, and aliases are gathered and added as Meta keywords tags to the page's header. In addition, users can add additional custom events by adding their GEDCOM tags to the variable $sseo_tag_list in the mod parameters. So, for example, if the list of tags contains, "ALIA NICK OCCU", then aliases, nicknames, and occupations are included in the meta keywords in addition to an individual's name.

Page Title Simplification (HTML Headers)

This mod supports two forms of page title simplification. On individual pages, you can choose from two formats for titles. Short (option 'short' in the mod parameters, the default) displays the following:

  • Robert Paul Herndon (1909 - 1992): Lindell-Herndon Genealogy

The long (option 'long') format displays:

  • Robert Paul Herndon (b. 9 Oct 1909 - d. 12 Dec 1992): Lindell-Herndon Genealogy

On family-group, family-chart, suggest, and edit pages (including the PDF reports generated from these pages) titles are regularized and localized for presentation in the site's current language:

  • Robert Boyd Herndon and Tennie May Calhoun Family: Lindell-Herndon Genealogy

An example in Italian would read:

  • La Famiglia di Robert Boyd Herndon e Tennie May Calhoun: Lindell-Herndon Genealogy


This mod currently supports Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish. Additional languages can be supported by adding the required entries to the cust_text.php files, being careful to preserve the parameter markers in the entries.

ID Display for Person and Family Titles (TNG Page Headers)

On getperson.php, familygroup.php, and familychart.php, as well as in PDF reports, IDs can be displayed with individual and family titles. Two Mod parameters control turning this feature on and off. IDs are not displayed in browser titles and are not added to HTML headers.


The following shows an example of a Swedish family title with ID.

Simple SEO-capture1.png

Below is a capture of the headers added to a page for names, nicknames, and aliases.

Simple SEO-capture2.png

Mod Compatibility

Please add the details of any compatibility issues to this table.

Incompatible Mod Mod Version(s) Simple SEO Version(s) Categorization Description / Correction
Relationship Display - Order dependency Install Relationship Display before Simple SEO V6. (Corrected in V7.)
Submit Photo/Document - Order dependency Install Submit Photo/Document before Simple SEO V6
Sosa Feature interference Simple SEO and Sosa both attempt to modify the full name displayed in the header generated by getperson.php. Regardless of the installation order Simple SEO's changes will be displayed. (Corrected in V7.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Coming soon

Revision History

Version(s) Release Date Comments
02 Nov 2021 7th major release. There are no new features, but this release includes: PHP-8 compatibility updates and numerous bug fixes; support for meta keywords from familychart.php; updates that simplify/streamline the code inserted into getperson.php, and compatibility with the Sosa and Relationship Display mods. Although not required, this update is recommended for all Simple SEO users.
- 26 Sep 2020 Simple SEO no longer has any known TNG 10 users. Accordingly, mod version is being withdrawn and support has ended. If you need a Simple SEO package for TNG 10, please contact me directly.
1 Mar 2019 Uses TNG 12 Mod Manager functionality to preserve mod parameter values across installations and fixes language file string insertions to conform to TNG 12 standards. This is an optional update for TNG 12 Simple SEO users. 23 Dec 2018 Minor update for compatibility with TNG 12.0.3.
10 Feb 2018 New feature that supports adding any custom event as meta keyword in HTML headers. Bug fixes for special characters in names, nicknames, aliases, and custom event values when written to headers. This version is optional but will be the last major release of Simple SEO for TNG 11. 22 Dec 2017 Provides the Simple SEO Mod v5 functionality for TNG release 10.1.0 and is recommended. This will also be the last release of Simple SEO for TNG 10.1.0.
19 Dec 2017 Corrects an issue with living persons names being displayed on the Family Group banner. Adds internationalization support for Dutch, Czech, and Polish, and has been tested for TNG release 11.1.2. This version is recommended for all mod users. 29 May 2017 Now compatible with TNG 11.1.1. 4 Feb 2017 Now compatible with TNG 11.1 and adds support for changing the extensions directory (a TNG 11.0.2 feature).
1 Feb 2017 Corrects an issue where individual's names were being suppressed on certain pages due to a bug in the library code. Now supports displaying IDs on the getperson.php page. (This feature is turned on and off with a mod parameter.) This version is recommended for all Mod users.
9 Oct 2016 Adds internationalization for family titles on the familygroup.php, familychart.php, and suggest.php pages (8 languages are supported, per the Wiki). Also supports family titles in PDF reports. Family IDs are now optional on pages and controlled by a Mod param (...but are suppressed in page headers). This update is recommended for all users of the Mod. 23 Mar 2016 Now compatible with TNG 11.0. 2 Nov 2015 Corrects a compatibility issue with Living Color Mod and fixes an empty meta keyword that was being added to each page header. This release is recommended for all users of this mod. 30 Aug 2015 Corrects Simple SEO's behavior for living and private individuals so that it exactly mimics TNG's behavior with respect to names and other data (e.g., nicknames, aliases). This release is recommended for all users of this mod. 9 Aug 2015 Initial Release

Sites Using Simple SEO

If you download and install this mod, please add your TNG site to the table below.

URL User Notes Mod Version TNG Version Language(s)
Lindell-Herndon Genealogy Bill Herndon Mod developer, public site 13.1 DA, DE, EN, ES, FR, SV
Hooley Family Links Rick Hooley Public/Private See Here See Here EN
Martius Familiengeschichte Hendrik Martius Public/private site 12.0.3 DE, EN, FR, NL
DJCM.DK Claus Martinussen Private site (Guest, GuestAccess) 12.0.3 DA, EN
Our Family Histories Bryan S. Larson Public See Here See Here EN
Lloyd Lucas Family Chris Lloyd Public site (?) 12.0.1 EN
Wortelboer Genealogy Bernard Wortelboer Public site 12.0.3 EN, NL
Kleinmann Genealogy John Kleinmann Public site 13.0 EN
Baker Family History Jon Baker Public site 11.1.2 DA, DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, NL, NO, PL, PT, SV
Familien Holmberg Jan Holmberg Public site 13.0.3 EN, NO
Roots & Relatives Remembered Ron Krzmarzick Public & Private See Here See Here EN, DE, CS
Brady Family Tree in Western Australia Darryl Brady Public site 12.0.2 DE, EN
Brazilian-German family trees Carlos A. Heuser Public site (?) 12.0.2 (?) DE, EN, PT
Genealogy of the Cook Family Klaus Dieter Cook Private site (?) 12.0.1 DE, EN, ES
Rintoul/Bowman Family Andrew Rintoul Public/private site 13.0.4 DE, EN, ES, FR
Feldman and Related Families Fred Feldman Public site 13.0.4 EN
Feldman Family Trees Fred Feldman Public site 13.0.4 EN
Thacker Family Forest Fred Feldman Public site 13.0.4 EN
Rosemeyer Family Forest Fred Feldman Public site 13.0.4 EN
Vest Family Trees Fred Feldman Public site 13.0.4 EN
Colvin and Calvin Families Fred Feldman Public site 13.0.4 EN
Racine d'Alsace J-Louis Valory Public/private site 12.0.2 FR Renze Petersohn Public site 12.0.3 DE, EN, NL
The Story of My Four Branches Beverley Stimpson Public Site 11.1.2 EN
DiFava/Brandt Family Tree Larry DiFava Public site 11.1.2 DE, EN, IT
Our Family History Paul Barrett Public/private site 12.0.3 EN
Holywell-cum-Needingworth History Peter Cooper Public site 13.0.2 EN
MyMispoche Our Family History Carlton Brooks Public site 13.0.3 EN
Whipple, White, Nelson & Duncan Families Steven Whipple Public site 13.1 DA, DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, NL, SV
Ahnenforschung der Familie Klatte Hubertus Klatte Public site 13.0.4 DE, EN
The Cole / Tanner Family Tree David Cole Public/Private see here see here EN, DE, FR, ES, NL
Steven's Genealogy Steven Willingale Public site 12.0.3 EN
McCarty-McCoy Family Kelly Booth Public site (?) 11.0.2 EN
Roger's Online Genealogy Roger Moffat Public site 13.1 EN
Marsh Clarke Family Tree Guy Marsh Public/private site 12.0.2 EN
Genealogische Datenbank JPB Public site see here see here DE, EN, FR
Genealogie familie Huijbregts Joep Huijbregts Public site 12.0.2 EN, FR, NL
DuPree Family Center Andrew DuPree Public site (unknown) DA, DE, EN, FR, IT, NL
Quigley Doyle Family Tree Don Quigley Public site 12.0.1 EN
Barta-Joggele Online aus Mauren, Liechtenstein Gerald Meier Private 12.3 DE, EN, FR, ES, PT
Journeys in Genealogy Patrick Thrush Public WordPress/TNG bundle 13.0.3 EN
Show-Me Ancestors Dave Benne Public site 12.0.1b2 EN
McDonald Family History Eric English Public site 12.X EN
Brabantse Genealogie Rob van Rij Public site 12.2 EN, NL
Ancestrees Linda Coate Public site 13.0 EN
Robin's Roots Robin Richmond Public site 12.3 CS, DE, EN, ES, FR, NL
Vitter-Weaver Genealogy Jeffrey Vitter Public site 13.0.3 EN, FR, CH, DE, ES, IT, NO
Hillbillies & Vikings Carl Jón Denbow Public site 13.0.4 EN
Brabantse Genealogie Public site 13.0.4 (?) DE, EN, NL Janusz Kielak Public site 13.1 DE, EN, PL
Généalogie des Malvache Cédric Malvache Public site 13.1 EN, ES, FR
Cordes-Thomas Genealogy John Cordes Public site 13.1 EN
Johnson / Bryans Family Tree Charlie Ferrero Public 13.1 EN
Genealogia rodziny Jarocińskich Michał Jarociński Non-public 13.1 EN, PL
Sejarah Thümann Jeffrey Thümann Public 13.0.3 NL, EN
Joseph Oran Holtz Genealogy Pages Jim Holt Private See Here See Here EN