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The SEO tab allows you to define your own META tags which appear in the portal. They are used to tell search engines some basic information about your content, such as the record title, keywords, and a description. It's also useful if you wish to plug-in Social sharing of your records using the Open Graph protocol. 

For Example: Open graph meta tags allow you to control what content shows up when a page is shared on a social network.

By default only one entry will exist, this will be to set the page title for each record.

In the portal this is then reflected in the browser tab as:

To add additional meta tags use the green plus to add a new tag, this will present an empty tag which you can set as desired, see below for our recommended settings. To remove a meta tag use the red 'dash' icon.

If setting up meta tags for use with citation manager software it is advisable to use the Multiple checkbox to ensure that multi entry fields such as authors are correctly separated in the metadata when importing into a citation manager.

Portal meta tags are portal specific, you may therefore need to setup for each active portal you have.



In order to populate the 'content' part of the meta tag you can use a number of macros listed at the top of the page.

Soutron field: select from the dropdown your chosen field, this will fill the first macro with the correct syntax, now drag & drop this into your meta tag.

Brand: This can be combined with other fields, to use drag & drop the brand macro into your meta tag to show your 'brand name'. Brand is set in System configuration maintenance. For example you may wish to display "Soutron Library | Investment principles and risk" in your browser tab (Soutron Library being my brand name).

Home Page: This will show the home page for your portal in the meta content.

Record Link: This will show the URL of the record currently being viewed. This is similar to a permalink as it is based on the records unique CID number.


The values option for each tag allows you to define how many entries display in cases where you have selected a multi entry field such as keywords or authors. If you select All, all entries for that record will be added to the meta tag, otherwise only the first X depending on the value you select up-to a maximum of 9. In the example below only the first two keywords will display.


This option allows you to limit then length of the content value, this is useful for longer fields such as abstract. the recommended maximum limit is 160 characters, although most fields will fall well within this limit naturally. In the below example i am limiting the abstract to a maximum of 90 characters.

Recommended settings

<meta name="title" content="[Title]” />

Replace [Title] with your preferred field which best identifies your records.

<meta name="description" content="[Abstract]” />

Replace [Abstract] with your preferred field to show a description of your record.

<meta name="author" content="[Authors]”/>

Replace [Authors] with your preferred author field.

<meta name="keywords" content="[subjects]” />

Replace [keywords] with your preferred field to show keywords relating to your record.

<meta property="og:type" content="website" />

This is a fixed meta tag and should always be setup in this way to identify the portal as a website.

<meta property="og:title" content="[Title]" />

Replace [Title] with your preferred field.

<meta property="og:description" content="[Abstract]" />

Replace [Abstract] with your preferred field to show a description of your record.

<meta property="og:url" content="[record link]" />

Replace [record link] with the unique URL of your record.

<meta property="og:image" content="[Images]" />

Replace [images] with the field you store uploaded images in.

<link rel="canonical" href=”[home page]" />

Replace [home page] with the URL of your Soutron homepage, the macro will automatically set the current portal in the URL.


Below is an example of how this looks in the record html once setup.

And this is what Google might show it as:

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