WordPress.org Meta Team Fixes Search Snippet Issue with Download Page Promoting WordPress.com

WordPress.org Meta Team Fixes Search Snippet Issue with Download Page Promoting WordPress.com

Posted by WP Tavern on July 9, 2021 at 7:05 pm
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Yesterday evening Chris Klosowski, Sandhills Development Partner and Director of Technology, tweeted out a problem with the way WordPress.org’s Download page was appearing in Google’s Search results snippets when searching for “WordPress.” Underneath the link, the preview text referenced WordPress.com’s hosting: WordPress.com is the easiest way to create a free website or blog. It’s a powerful hosting platform that grows with you. We offer expert support for your WordPress site. Seems like maybe the SEO is not working correctly here….or is it? You decide… pic.twitter.com/hhwZ6LQnW4— Chris Klosowski (@cklosowski) July 8, 2021 Others reported seeing the intended description when Googling, which is designated in the Schema.org tag in the head tag but not printed on the page: “Download WordPress today, and get started on creating your website with one of the most powerful, popular, and customizable platforms in the world.” The reference to WordPress.com came from the hosting providers listed at the top of the page, where it randomly displays two upon each page refresh. The Download button used to be at the top of the Download page but ever since mid-January 2021, it has been pushed further down below recommended hosts. This is presumably to help people who want to…

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