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For some reason or another, a website I started managing is running on Dreamweaver and to update the posts and feed, I have to edit a news.json file.

The problem is that these are only set fields in here, and the meta title and meta description all populate to be the same.

"ID": "20190814-01",
"title": " Post Titles",
"date": "(August 14, 2019) — ",
"shortDesc": "Description of post/excerpt for posts landing page",
"fullStory": "Full content of post",
"displayDate": "Article was posted on August 14, 2019."

Since I am not familiar with this format, is it possible to find and enter fields like "metaTitle", "metaDescription"?

Would there be other files I would need to modify to get these to show?

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    The <title> tag is not a meta tag. There is no such thing as a "meta title". One it doesn't use <meta> and two, it is shown to users in the window decoration and tabs. You should refer to it as just the "title", or the "page title". – Stephen Ostermiller Aug 21 at 23:12
  • Yep, you're absolutely correct. I'm used to talking to non-tech so "meta tag" is commonly thrown around. – Rob T Aug 23 at 0:27
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After digging around in the site's php files I found a feed that seems to bridge the files:

   $urlID = substr($urlString, $eqPos + 1, 11);  

   switch ($urlID) { 
   case "20190823-01"; /*ID from other php file listed above */
   $title = "Sample title";
   $metaDescription = "Sample description.";
   break;

And this feeds through each post but is not dynamically generated.

Appreciate the question views and hope this may help someone in the future.

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