[Support request] Placing a canonical tag

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    Hi Tom,

    I want to show a blog post which is part of website 1, a service oriented website, on my other website, website 2. Website 2 is a pure blog-site where I installed the masonry option. Both websites have GP + GP premium.

    I tried to link the blog post with a 301 redirection plugin, that works, but I am not totally happy with this solution as the URL changes so the visitor leaves the site.

    Now I am thinking to copy the blog post from one site to the other. In that case I duplicate the content and I need to place a canonical tag. My question is: where in the blogpost should I put this tag?

    (If you know another way to show a blog post on my other website please let me me know)

    By the way, still very happy with GP!


    GeneratePress 1.3.46
    Customer Support

    Hi Michael,

    Sorry I’m missing something but maybe you can insert the link to your other website like this so it opens up in a new tab?
    <a href="https://URL-HERE" target="_blank">Blog Title</a>

    Let me know if this helps.


    Thank you Leo.

    Please take a look at website 2, the blog-site. It is: derden.org.

    You will see two blog post at the right hand corner:
    – test, this is the blog post where I have added a link. Please click on the post.
    – als u een organisatieadviseur uitnodigt etc: this post is redirected with a 301 redirection plugin. The visitor moves to website 1, which a don’t like.

    Therefore I was thinking to duplicate content of a blog from website 1 to website 2, but duplication is from a SEO point of view not recommendable. Experts say that you can prevent SEO-problems by putting a “canonical tag” between the head tags. But I do not know how to do that. Where do I find the “head” tags of a blogpost?


    Lead Developer
    Lead Developer

    You would have to use the wp_head hook in GP Hooks.

    However, it would need to be inside a conditional so it only displays for that page.

    For example:

    <?php if ( is_single( 'your-post-slug' ) ) { ?>
        Canonical tag for yoursite.com/your-post-slug here
    <?php } ?>

    Let me know if that helps or not 🙂


    Thank you Tom, working with hooks is new for me and feels a bit tricky. I installed hooks and found GP-head.
    I assume if I make a mistake it will be easy to correct. Just to be sure could you please evaluate the following:

    Q1: what to use in the first part: ‘your-post-slug’ or your-post-slug (with or without quotes?)
    Q2: is this the right canonical tag: <link rel=”canonical” href=”http://yoursite1.com/your-post-slug.html” />
    Q3: if I want to do the same operation for another post, can I just add one more line to WP-heads?

    So I am thinking to add the following to GP-heads:
    <?php if ( is_single( ‘your-post-slug’ ) ) { ?>
    <link rel=”canonical” href=”http://yoursite 1.com/your-post-slug.html” /><?php } ?>



    to add another q: please evaluate when to use a single quote (‘) and when to use double quotes (“).

    Customer Support

    Hi there,

    1. You would need to replace that with the actual post slug: http://www.wpbeginner.com/glossary/post-slug/.
    Keep the quotation.

    2. Looks right. but you would need to replace “http://yoursite1.com/your-post-slug.html&#8221; to the actual link to your post.

    3. I assume you would need to link to a different post? If so then yes.


    Could you please provide an example of what to paste in the wp-head field if we want to add a canonical tag to landing pages?
    Landing page 1 is for facebook
    Landing page 2 is for kijiji

    Both of the above pages are exactly the same as an already existing page that is part of the main website and to which the 2 above pages would point that tag to.

    Thanks! 🙂

    Lead Developer
    Lead Developer

    WordPress adds the canonical tag for you based on your page structure.

    However, if you’re using Yoast SEO, they have a field where you can add a custom URL: https://kb.yoast.com/kb/canonical-urls-in-wordpress-seo/

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