Post & Page Titles

Titles differentiate your content from other posts or pages. Titles are often the first part of the page that users will read, and they are announced to users of assistive technology like screen-reading software. Your page title is also used when generating links in navigation menus.

Setting your title

Enter your title in the first input at the top of the WordPress editor.

Screenshot of title input field

What if I don’t want a title?

Sometimes, the particular aesthetic you’re trying to achieve with a new page isn’t conducive to a large-font page title across the top of the page. For situations like that, page templates are available that hide the page title. Your page must still have a title, but it isn’t visible to most users.

There are accessibility implications to this, however. If you want to hide your page title, please email oit_website@help.ncsu.edu for assistance.

Best Practice: Descriptive title, short URL slug

Make your page title descriptive, so that users know immediately whether they are on the page they intend to visit.

For example, a page describing the cPanel web hosting service should be named About cPanel Web Hosting, and not simply About. This is also helpful for search engine indexing.

WordPress uses your page title to generate the URL for your page, eg. oit.ncsu.edu/campus-it/web-hosting/about-cpanel-web-hosting/.

A descriptive page title can sometimes lead to a redundant, wordy, and undesirable URL. Instead of changing the page title, consider shortening the URL slug to something more manageable, eg. oit.ncsu.edu/campus-it/web-hosting/about/.