Simple SEO

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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 19 Dec 2017
Download link v11.1.1.5
TNG 11.1.1

TNG 11.1

TNG 11.0

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Author(s) Bill Herndon
Homepage Simple SEO
Mod Support Simple SEO support.
Contact Developer Email me.
Latest Mod for TNG 11.1.1+, for TNG 11.1.0, for TNG 11.0.0+ and for TNG 10.1.0+
Min TNG V 10.1.0
Max TNG V 11.1.2
Files modified
getperson.php, familygroup.php, genlib.php, globallib.php, familychart.php, suggest.php
Related Mods


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 Yahoo! 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. This mod is a replacement for Simple Titles Mod which is no longer being updated.


Bill Herndon


  • A working TNG installation
  • The Mod Manager (already part of TNG v9)


  • 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 and family-group pages, names, nicknames, and aliases are gathered and added as Meta keywords tags to the page's header.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Coming soon

Revision History

Version Release Date Comments 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 Note Mod Version TNG Version Language(s)
Lindell-Herndon Genealogy Bill Herndon Mod developer 11.1.2 DA, DE, EN, ES, FR, SV
MOTYER Family Genealogy John Mark Motyer Public site see here see here
Mitchell Families Online Roger Mitchell 11.0.0
Hooley Family Links Rick Hooley 11.1.1 EN
Martius Familiengeschichte Hendrik Martius 11.0.2 DE, EN, FR
DJCM.DK Claus Martinussen Public site 11.1.1 DA, EN
Our Family Histories Bryan Larson 11.1 EN
Lloyd Lucas Family Chris Lloyd 10.1.3
Wortelboer Genealogy Bernard Wortelboer 11.0.2 EN, NL
Kleinmann Genealogy John Kleinmann 11.0.2
Quigley Doyle Family Tree Don Quigley Public site 11.0.0
Baker Family History Jon Baker 11.0.1
Inger Lise og Jan Roger Holmbergs Slektsider Jan Holmberg 11.1.1 EN, NO
Gambrill Family Tree Bobby Gambrill Public Site 11.1.1 EN
Roots & Relatives Remembered Ron Krzmarzick Public & Private 11.1.2 EN,DE,CS,ES
van Heerden Family Emile van Heerden 11.0.2 EN
Polish Genealogy Ted Kozlowski 11.0.2 DE, EN, ES, FR
Brady Family Tree in Western Australia Darryl Brady 11.0.1 DE, EN
Brazilian-German family trees Carlos A. Heuser 11.0.2 BR, DE, EN
Genealogy of the Cook Family Klaus Dieter Cook 11.0.2 DE, EN, ES
Rintoul/Bowman Family Andrew Rintoul Public/Private 11.1.2 DE, EN, ES, FR
Feldman and Related Families Fred Feldman 11.1 EN
Feldman Family Trees Fred Feldman 11.1 EN
Thacker Family Forest Fred Feldman 11.1 EN
Rosemeyer Family Forest Fred Feldman 11.1 EN
Racine d'Alsace J-Louis Valory Public/Private - Template 1 11.1.1 FR
Familiegeschiedenis Petersohn & van der Meulen Renze Petersohn 11.1.2 DE, EN, NL
Robin Richmond's Genealogy Database Robin Richmond 11.1.1 DA, DE, EN, FR, NL, NO
Genealogy of the Weir and Drain Families Beverley Stimpson Public Site 11.1.2 EN