GSA Metadata Configuration

CRP projects may use Google Search Appliance (GSA) for conducting searches of the website. The GSA can be configured to include specific metadata needed for organizing, filtering and rendering search results. This document includes the instructions to configure these settings from with the WordPress solution.

GSA Metadata Configuration
Create Category List Filters for Web Pages

Each project will have the option of setting up categories which can be assigned to specific pages to help with filtering results. This section will detail how to add the category names which will be made available for selection when creating pages in WordPress.

1. Login to the WordPress Dashboard as an administrator for the subsite you wish to configure.

2. Select Custom Fields > Field Groups

3. Click the Edit link under the “GSA Meta Tag Settings” option

4. Click the Edit link under the “Category Name” option

5. Under the “Choices” section you will find the text input box to enter your category names. Each category name must be on a separate line like show in the image below.

6. Once all category names have been entered, be sure to click the “Update” button near the top right of the dashboard.

Configure Meta Data for Web Page

1. Login to the WordPress Dashboard as an administrator for the subsite you wish to configure.

2. If you already have a page created that you need to add metadata to, navigate to Pages> All Pages, and locate the page you wish to edit. Click Edit for that page. If you are creating a new page from scratch, navigate to Pages > Add New.

3. Under “GSA Meta Tag Settings” you will see an input for “Publication Date”. This allows you to set a published date for the document.

4. Under “GSA Meta Tag Settings” you will see a select box for the available categories. Setting this value will allow you to add the page to the specific category filter.

5. Under “GSA Meta Tag Settings” you will see an option to add a “Thumbnail” image. This image will be visible in the search results listing. Click on the “Add Image” button to select a thumbnail.

6. After clicking the “Add Image” button, you will be shown the option to upload an image or select one from the media library. After uploading or selecting an image, click the “Select” button.

7. If finished, click the “Publish” or “Update” button located near the top right side of the dashboard to save your changes.

Creating Custom Meta Data Values

1. Login to the WordPress Dashboard as an administrator for the subsite you wish to configure.

2. The “Custom Meta Values” option is located in the “GSA Meta Tag Settings” box, like previously shown in the last section. Click on the “Add Custom Meta Data” button to create a new item.

3. Enter a Name for the Meta value. No spaces or special characters should be used with the exception of an underscore in lieu of spaces. Then, enter the “Value” for the the meta data. This does not have any special rules for content input.
NOTE: There is no limit on the number of Custom Meta Data Values created. Simply click the “Add Custom Meta Data” button to add another.

4. When finished, click the “Publish” or “Update” button located near the top right side of the dashboard to save your changes.