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Django Check SEO will check the SEO aspects of your site for you, and will provide advice in case of problems.

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Django Check SEO

Replacing some features of Yoast or SEMrush for Django & Django-CMS users.

In other words, django-check-seo will tell you if you have problems concerning a broad range of SEO aspects of your pages.

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(compatible with django >= 1.8.15 & python >= 2.7)

  1. Install the module from PyPI:

    python3 -m pip install django-check-seo
  2. Add it in your INSTALLED_APPS:

  3. Add this in your (if you're using django-cms, put it before the cms.urls line or it will not work):

        path("django-check-seo/", include("django_check_seo.urls")),
    • Or add this if you're still using url (you shouldn't):
          url(r"^django-check-seo/", include("django_check_seo.urls")),
  4. Update your Django Site object parameters with a working url (here's an example for dev environment).

  5. Add testserver (and maybe www.testserver) to your ALLOWED_HOSTS list in your (django-check-seo uses the Test Framework in order to get content, instead of doing an HTTP request).

  6. (optional) Configure the settings (see config).

  7. that's all folks!


This application needs beautifulsoup4 (>=4.7.0) and djangocms_page_meta (==0.8.5 if using django < 1.11). It may be used with or without django-cms (a django-check-seo button will appear in the topbar if you're using django-cms).

If you're not using Django CMS (only Django), here's the link format to access your pages reports:
  -> will check
  -> will check
     (using localized url (if you add django-check-seo in i18n_patterns))


Basic settings

The basic config (used by default) is located in django-check-seo/conf/ and looks like this:

    "content_words_number": [300, 600],
    "internal_links": 1,
    "external_links": 1,
    "meta_title_length": [30, 60],
    "meta_description_length": [50, 160],
    "keywords_in_first_words": 50,
    "max_link_depth": 3,
    "max_url_length": 70,

If you need to change something, just define a dict named DJANGO_CHECK_SEO_SETTINGS in your

Custom settings example:

If you put this in your file:

    "internal_links": 25,
    "meta_title_length": [15,30],

Then this will be the settings used by the application:

    "content_words_number": [300, 600],
    "internal_links": 25,  # 1 if using default settings
    "external_links": 1,
    "meta_title_length": [15,30],  # [30, 60] if using default settings
    "meta_description_length": [50, 160],
    "keywords_in_first_words": 50,
    "max_link_depth": 3,
    "max_url_length": 70,

Want to know more ? See the wiki page Settings explained.

Select main content (exclude header/footer/...)

Since django-check-seo will count things like number of words on the main content and the number of internal links, it is important to only select the main content of the page (an address in the footer is not the main content of your page).

Django-check-seo use a string (named DJANGO_CHECK_SEO_EXCLUDE_CONTENT) of css selectors to exclude unwanted html nodes from the html content:

DJANGO_CHECK_SEO_EXCLUDE_CONTENT = "tag, .class, #id, tag > .child_class"

You can find a reference table of css selectors explained here (on mdn docs).

Example: See this issue's comment for an example.

Want a screenshot?


Other (older) screenshots and videos are available on the wiki.

Unit tests

They are located in tests folder.

The file is here to manage tests launching for you. You only need python3-venv (for python3 venv) and virtualenv (for python2 venv) in order to make it work.



Interested in finding out more?

Take a look at the wiki:

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