- Edit a page name in WordPress
- The WordPress page title and the navigation label
- Edit the navigation label
- Edit a page title in WordPress
- A super-fast way to edit the page title
- Edit the page title on the page
- What’s the difference? URL, permalink or slug?
- Creating a title and a slug
- Pretty permalinks in WordPress
- Why change the page slug?
- Cautions to take when you edit the slug in WordPress
- WordPress menu not working?
- How to edit a permalink in WordPress
- Edit the WordPress URL the quick way
- Edit the WordPress URL via the post/page edit option
- Redirection plugins for WordPress
- Redirect loops
- The conclusion to edit a page name in WordPress
- Developer Resources
- More Information
- Best practices
- Return Values
- How to change site title and tagline in WordPress? (UPDATE 2021)
- Why are titles and the tagline important on a website?
- WordPress title tags and taglines
- Methods to change the site title and tagline in WordPress
- Method 1: from the WordPress Admin Dashboard
- Method 2: from the theme Customizer
- WordPress page titles
- How can you write catchy taglines and page titles in WordPress?
- Use keywords when you change the site title in WordPress.
- Avoid keyword stuffing when you change the site title in WordPress.
- Place the keywords at the beginning of your title.
- When you change the site title, use an optimal length.
- Differentiate between the title of your homepage and the titles of all the other pages.
- Do I need to brand the site title?
- Complete site identity customizations in website
Edit a page name in WordPress
To edit a page name in WordPress, you’ll need to have the Administrator WordPress username and password. Inferior roles have fewer capabilities and will not be able to rename pages or posts, or edit menus.
- Post or page titles – heading 1 or an h1 tag.
- The slug – the page name. Visible at the end of the permalink or WordPress URL, shown in the browser address bar.
- The navigation label – the menu label or menu button.
The three labels coincide when you create a WordPress page or post. They are the same.
Perhaps you’ve not realised that the page title, the page slug and the navigation label can be edited separately; they can be all completely different.
For good search engine optimisation, the three should correspond but often, website designers want to use a sort navigation label, for example. This is entirely possible.
Read on; I’ll explain.
The WordPress page title and the navigation label
Changing a WordPress page title (heading 1) is a simple task.
Editing a page title won’t change the slug, that stays the same until you manually edit it.
But the navigation label (the menu text) will change to correspond with the page title. The menu reflects page titles.
You can separate the two by changing the navigation label manually.
Go through these instructions before you make changes to a live website; learn to change the navigation label before you edit a WordPress page title.
Edit the navigation label
Change the navigation label BEFORE you edit the page title. That way, the navigation label sticks; it will override the page title.
When you go back to edit the WordPress page title, you can now edit with confidence. The page title will no longer overwrite the navigation label.
Does that make sense?
Edit a page title in WordPress
A super-fast way to edit the page title
- Go to Pages on the left-hand menu, within WordPress.
- On the Pages screen, hover over any page and click Quick Edit.
- Normally, the title field contains the text used as the heading 1 (H1) tag. Change the title of the page here.
Edit the page title on the page
Easily edit the page title on the WordPress ‘edit page’ screen too.
- Click to select the title and start typing.
- Now hit the blue Update button to save the page.
A side note – a WordPress page editor will look entirely different from the image above. Find out which page editor you’re using and search Google to edit the page title within that page editor.
What’s the difference? URL, permalink or slug?
A URL is the entire domain name, parent category and name of the page. You’ll see the URL in a browser address bar; they change as you move through a website.
The URL for this post is https://kaydee.net/blog/edit-page-name-wordpress/
URL is the official name and stands for universal resource locator.
WordPress’ name for the URL is permalink.
A WordPress slug is a name for an individual post, page, category or tag. It should be ‘friendly’ or easy-to-read for humans (see pretty permalinks below).
The slug for this page is ‘ edit-page-name-wordpress ‘.
Creating a title and a slug
When you create a WordPress page or post, the original title of the page becomes the slug. However, you can edit the slug.
A title such as ‘Our Services’ will create the slug ‘our-services’.
File names are always joined words with dashes between them. Across the web, a dash represents a space.
Pretty permalinks in WordPress
You have the ability to change the slug; it’s not set in stone. One reason to edit the slug is to optimise the page for search engines.
Why change the page slug?
A pretty URL (or pretty permalink) is one that humans understand. PageRank can be improved when a URL makes sense.
For good SEO, the slug, the page title and the content of the page must correspond.
A page title must be a complete sentence for humans to understand. But a slug should be short and tidy. In a slug, take out the small joining words for good SEO practice.
Google is advanced enough to understand the context of a sentence without joining words. Let’s look at that.
By ‘joining words’, I mean connectives (prepositions, conjunctions and adverbs). Words such as “the, a, in, and, to, because, therefore”.
These words form sentences by joining nouns and verbs. They are also known as linking words, but I like to use ‘join’ – ‘link’ already means so much on the net.
Cautions to take when you edit the slug in WordPress
Be super careful when changing a slug, please. If you don’t know what you are doing, slug changes can end in dire results.
Editing WordPress permalinks can:
- Create dud links on the website or blog.
- Send search engine listings to the 404 error page.
- Cause backlinks to no longer work.
These factors are negative signals to search engines . Fix them quickly, or the website will rapidly lose rank.
Follow these steps very carefully and have a redirect plugin in place, which I go over at the end of this post.
Once you’ve changed a permalink, go to the front end to check everything is working. Check the navigation and all links to pages.
These days, WordPress links to page ID rather than page name, so links should still be correct in theory. But a rule in web design is always to check.
Older versions or manual menu links will break, so I want you to proceed with caution .
WordPress menu not working?
If the menu isn’t working, go to Appearance > Menus where you’ll need to re-add pages.
Manually entered URLs will need changing within the HTML code.
How to edit a permalink in WordPress
Pretty URLs will help pages and posts rank better on search engines. Please read the above warnings before editing permalinks.
In WordPress, here’s how to change the URL:
Start by going to PAGES via the main menu on the left-hand side of WordPress.
Edit the WordPress URL the quick way
- On the All Pages or All Posts lists, permalinks are edited using QUICK EDIT.
- Hover over the page title and click Quick Edit.
- You’ll see the field for the permalink is labelled ‘Slug’ within the quick editor.
Edit the WordPress URL via the post/page edit option
- From the All Pages area, click the page title to edit it.
- You’ll probably need to unhide the page/block settings – by default, they’re hidden. Just hit the cog icon top right of the page.
- A sidebar appears on the right-hand side, where you’ll see:
- the post/page settings and
- settings for any block that is selected.
- You’ll need the settings for the page or the post. The tab will be named one or the other – click that.
- Scroll down this area on the right-hand side of the page to find the word Permalink. Click the word Permalink to toggle the settings.
- Now, simply change the words in the field labelled ‘URL slug’. WordPress will replace any spaces with dashes (-).
- Click the blue UPDATE button to save the changes.
Redirection plugins for WordPress
There’s a straightforward and excellent redirection plugin for WordPress.org, simply called Redirection by John Godley. Thank you, John!
Add the redirection plugin before you change any slugs.
Within the options (TOOLS > REDIRECTION > OPTIONS), you can monitor posts, pages and other post types for changes. Set up automatic redirects when slugs change. The old URL will redirect to the new URL.
When people change the URL more than once due to indecision, they end up with a redirect loop.
The first URL redirects to the second, the second to the third, the third to the fourth. Redirect are a negative signal to search engines because they impair the ability to serve the final page.
If you’ve got yourself into a redirect loop using Redirection by John Godley, it’s fixable.
On WordPress’ main menu, on the left-hand side, go to TOOLS > REDIRECTION. You’ll need to be in the Redirects area to see all the redirects currently working on the site.
What you want is that the original URL goes to the final URL, in a purist world.
If you have an interim page that has started to rank on the search engines, you may want to redirect that one to the final URL too.
Delete any of the redirects created whilst minds were indecisive.
The conclusion to edit a page name in WordPress
Editing a page name in WordPress comes with responsibilities. There is a noticeable difference between a page title, the permalink and the navigation label, but all can be changed and should have slight differences.
Suppose you are going to change permalinks, then backup the website first and proceed with caution. Always have someone on hand to restore the website if something goes awry.
Displays or retrieves page title for all areas of blog.
By default, the page title will display the separator before the page title, so that the blog title will be before the page title. This is not good for title display, since the blog title shows up on most tabs and not what is important, which is the page that the user is looking at.
There are also SEO benefits to having the blog title after or to the ‘right’ of the page title. However, it is mostly common sense to have the blog title to the right with most browsers supporting tabs. You can achieve this by using the seplocation parameter and setting the value to ‘right’. This change was introduced around 2.5.0, in case backward compatibility of themes is important.
$display bool Optional
$seplocation string Optional
string|void String when $display is false, nothing otherwise.
Plugins might use the wp_title filter to generate a value. While it is possible to construct a “title” by doing things such as concatenating with bloginfo (the Site Name), if you do not use the wp_title function in your theme, you will likely have errors or unexpected behavior.
The function returns a concatenated string. It always queries the database for a default string; the value of the default string depends on the type of post or page:
Single post the title of the post Date-based archive the date (e.g., “2006”, “2006 – January”) Category the name of the category Author page the public name of the user
The function then prepends or appends the sep string and returns the entire value.
How to change site title and tagline in WordPress? (UPDATE 2021)
Let’s settle this topic once and forever: site title and tagline are not the same thing.
Let’s take them one by one.
Site title: is the name of your site. It’s how your brand gets identified. Now, each page from your site will have its own title. Don’t confuse it with the “site title”, which is the “title of all titles” :).
Site tagline: represents a short description of your entire website. It resembles a statement or a slogan.
Why are titles and the tagline important on a website?
There are 3 main reasons here:
- They increase the relevancy of the website content to users. Visitors can easily understand what the website or a particular page is about.
- They reinforce the power of the brand. Together with other elements on the website, the title and tagline can give the force of expression and define the personality of the brand.
- They increase relevancy for search engine bots. Depending on the quality of the title and tagline (e.g. inclusion of a keyword might be a sign of quality), search engines might decide to rank the website higher in search engine results pages. Also, a good tagline increases the click-through rate (clicks for opening the website link) in search engine results.
WordPress title tags and taglines
As mentioned earlier, the title represents the name of your site/blog/online shop.
Now, let’s take Colibri’s blog as an example. I’m going to right-click on the page, then choose View Page Source. Let’s now hit CTRL F and look for “title”:
is an HTML title tag, which we can also call the SEO title. The title above is the one that shows up in organic results when looking for “Colibri blog” or related terms. The SEO title is followed by the page URL and a meta description.
All your website pages and blog posts should have relevant title tags. There’s one difference though. In the case of your website’s homepage, the HTML title tag encompasses both the title and the tagline. The rest of the pages will not contain a tagline.
The site title and tagline also show up in the tab where you open the site.
Now, let’s see how to make changes to your WordPress title and tagline.
Methods to change the site title and tagline in WordPress
Method 1: from the WordPress Admin Dashboard
Log in to the WordPress Admin Dashboard with the username and password you set for the new website.
In the left-hand menu, go to Settings -> General Settings.
In the dashboard area, Site Title and Tagline are the first sections you have to customize:
The site title should represent your brand. The tagline should reflect what you do and set up expectations for your website’s visitors. Further down the article, we’ll show you how to make sure the title and tagline are catchy enough to keep your readers hooked.
Method 2: from the theme Customizer
In the WordPress Admin Dashboard, go to Appearance in the left-hand menu. Next, go to Customize.
Access the Customizer of the theme you installed for the new website.
Go to General Settings -> Site Identity. From this subsection, you can customize the site title and tagline.
Fill in the blank spaces with the site title and tagline of your own.
One note: you might be as creative as you like, in composing your title and tagline. The more you go creative in crafting these short phrases, the likelier it will be you’ll attract visitors to read more and discover more of your website. This means relevant traffic to the website.
Here are some examples of creative taglines used by companies in different industry areas.
WordPress page titles
Remember when I mentioned above that only the homepage has a tagline? The rest of the pages and posts on your site have just a title. This title should be relevant to the topic on the page. Some of these titles might include the brand in the title, some of them, not.
Now, the moment you create a new WordPress blog post, you will have to give it a name. That name is your title but it can differ from your SEO title. If you use a plugin such as Yoast SEO, you can assign an SEO title, that will show up in the organic search results. Why would you have a separate SEO title? Because you might consider making it more SEO-friendly than the actual title.
How can you write catchy taglines and page titles in WordPress?
Use keywords when you change the site title in WordPress.
It’s important to integrate relevant keywords in the site title and tagline. This is the place you should benefit from using the main keyword representative of the whole website. Use the keyword once, and add context to it, accordingly.
Try to use semantically related keywords, so the main keyword should have more weight for search engines.
Avoid keyword stuffing when you change the site title in WordPress.
It’s useful to have the main keyword in the site title, however, don’t overuse keywords. Otherwise, too many keywords in the site title will be considered as spam. This might result in your website being penalized by Google.
The best way to avoid keyword stuffing is to make sure the site title has the coherence of a phrase. Instead of enumerating key expressions, you have to ensure this title is an explicit sentence that sets users’ expectations correctly, right off the bat.
Place the keywords at the beginning of your title.
It’s recommended that you place your main keyword at the beginning of the site title. This is a signal that your title focuses on the expression best defining your activity. Also, by its placement, the keyword will be the first element search engine bots crawl in the source code of your website.
So, think of formulating the phrase in such a way that it emphasizes the main keyword corresponding to the website pages.
Here is a study on how the presence of a keyword in title influences the website rankings:
When you change the site title, use an optimal length.
You should pay attention to the length of your title. If it’s too long, it will be “cut” by search engines and it won’t display properly in search engine results. As a result, this area won’t be fully used to transmit to visitors what’s important about your website. If it’s too short and only consists of an expression, it will not explain enough to visitors what the website is about.
According to SEO rules, the website title should not exceed 70 characters-length. This is the maximum you can extend the title to and ensure web surfers fully visualize it in search engine results pages.
Optimized website title:
Differentiate between the title of your homepage and the titles of all the other pages.
If you really want to benefit from optimized titles, you should think of customizing them for every page in the website. So, make unique page titles for all pages in the website, and differentiate them from the main website title (that appears for the homepage).
In this way, every page will have its corresponding title. It’s a good place where you can use a keyword that sums up what that webpage is all about. Also, creating different titles for different pages, you avoid duplicate content that’s penalized by search engines.
Do I need to brand the site title?
It might be of use to include the brand name in the title. However, do it carefully and place (if possible) the brand name at the end of your phrase.
Also, Google might automatically add the company name at the end of the sentence which represents your title.
This branding element makes the title easy to be recognized as belonging to your website and company. It ensures your website is remembered by visitors, so they can easily come back to your pages.
Complete site identity customizations in website
Besides formulating a website title, you can also add other customizations that shape the website identity.
Among them, we can mention:
A favicon is an image representative for the website, that users will see in the browser tab where they open your website pages. It should be carefully chosen, and it has to be easy to associate with the specificities of your website/business. Due to a favicon, the website will be recognized quickly and remembered as simple as that.
For a more professional look of the website, you might consider including an image logo. Together with the site title, the company logo will speak volumes about your business and its value on the market.
- Using a certain color scheme for branding purposes
Together with a site title and a logo, a professional color scheme will help your website stand out from the crowd. All these elements should be tweaked and refined until they best represent your business and brand.