RebelMouse Talk to Us
How to Fix Missing Meta Descriptions in France

There's a copyright law in France that now impacts the visibility of meta descriptions on search results, commonly called snippets. The regulation is the first implementation of the European Copyright Directive, which aims to improve online copyright rules in Europe. The law requires publishers to opt in to meta descriptions. Previously, they were enabled by default. Click here to read more about this change from Google.

The law caused meta descriptions to disappear in France for European news publisher and RebelMouse client Worldcrunch.

How to Enable Google Snippets in France

Luckily, through the use of what's called meta tags for bots, or robot meta controls, we were able to restore the visibility of snippets for Worldcrunch. Robot meta controls basically tell Google how you would like your site to be crawled, whether it's regarding snippets, image size, or even character counts. Click here to learn more.

With that logic, we were able to add robot tags to all of the pages across our site network, including home, article, section, tag, profile, and search results. This ensures that the meta descriptions are visible for every site we power, no matter the country.

In our Layout & Design Tool, we added the following robot tags to the Header Code of every page:

1<meta name="robots" content="max-snippet:-1">
2<meta name="robots" content="max-video-preview:-1">

We also added the robot tag below to all images across our site network, except on article pages. We did not add this code to article pages because it was already in place to improve visibility on Google Discover.

1<meta name="robots" content="max-image-large">

To implement this code yourself, you need to use a Multiple Conditional Content element in our Layout & Design Tool. In short, this will help you apply the appropriate meta tag to all pages except article pages, or what's called Post pages in Layout & Design Tool. Click here to learn more.

Then, add a new Conditional Content element to the Multiple Conditional Content element.

Once you have chosen the Conditional Content element, select Is Post Page from the drop-down menu. This will make sure that the meta tag isn't applied to article pages since we've already implemented it on sites across our network.

After you have set Is Post Page in the Multiple Conditional Content element, add another element called Otherwise.

Then, you can add the Header Code element from above to the Otherwise element you just created.

Place the code in the HTML Code field. You can assign it a friendly name like "Meta Tags Not for Post Page" to reference it easily in the future.

If you have any questions about France's copyright law or your site's meta descriptions, email or talk to your account manager today.

What Is RebelMouse?
Request a Proposal
The Most Secure CMS of 2022

The Most Secure CMS of 2022

Why RebelMouse Is the Most Secure CMS on the Web

Delivering a secure, high-performing environment with extreme reliability is essential to all of our clients at RebelMouse. We only use industry-leading, reliable approaches to host our infrastructure. This ensures maximum stability and security for all of our clients’ data. Here are just some of the reasons we’re able to maintain a hard-bodied product that’s flexible, too.

Keep reading... Show less
Google Made Major Changes to Its Formula for Page Speed. Here’s What to Do About It in 2022.
Rebel Insights

Google Made Major Changes to Its Formula for Page Speed. Here’s What to Do About It in 2022.

Make sure your site is set up for success in 2022.

In the spring of 2020, Google let the world know that its Core Web Vitals would become the new benchmark for measuring a site's performance in its search results, known as the page experience update. Fast forward to more than a year later in August 2021 when, after much anticipation, Google's page experience update became official.

Since its rollout, developers have felt the impact of how their publishing platforms stack up against the new standard. Important decisions around the architecture of your site can now make or break your site's performance in the eyes of Google.

HTTP Archive, a tracking platform that crawls the web to identify trends and record historical patterns, has revealed how top content management systems (CMS) have weathered the page experience update through the creation of its Core Web Vitals Technology Report. RebelMouse consistently outperforms major CMS platforms on Google's most critical metrics since its rollout and into 2022:

Getting superior scores on Google's performance benchmarks isn't easy, either. The Ahrefs blog analyzed Core Web Vitals data from the Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX), which is data from actual Chrome users, to see how the web stacks up against Core Web Vitals. Their study found that only 33% of sites on the web are passing Core Web Vitals.

data from Ahrefs tracked on a line chart finds that shows only 33% of sites on the web pass Google's Core Web Vitals From Ahrefs.

Luckily, performing well on Core Web Vitals is possible with thoughtful, strategic changes to your site’s codebase. Here's what you need to know and how we can help.

Keep reading... Show less
Interested in a Free Website Health Check?Check Your
Website's Health
Get Your Free Analysis Now