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How To Change WordPress Site Title? (3 Ways)

how to change wordpress site title

Sooo, do you want to learn how to change WordPress title?

Site title defines your website and is the first thing your visitors will see when they land on your page (in the browser tab).

It’s IMPORTANT that users can relate the title to your content.

After you install WordPress on your website, you are prompted to set your site title.

It is then displayed in the tab of every browser for easier identification. (And in search results.)

But many don’t know that it’s also used in the WP backend and is sometimes used by plugins and themes.

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Occasionally there is a need to change the site’s title.

Whether you changed the nature of your business or rebranded, a new site title is the FIRST step you should take when revamping your website.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to easily change the site title (no experience is necessary).

How To Change Site Title & Tagline In WordPress

There are several methods that you can use. What’s best, all of them are beginner friendly.

Method 1: Change WordPress Site Title Via Live Customizer

Since implementing the live customizer feature in WordPress 4.5, you can use this powerful front-end editor to quickly set numerous settings from the WordPress dashboard without extra plugins.

Simply head to Appearance > Customize and click on the Site Identity button.

set site title in wordpress customizer

In this section, you can set both the Site Title and the Tagline.

All you have to do is change the text of both fields and click on the Publish button above.

If your theme uses the Site Title for a logo, you can preview the new title directly within the live customizer.

USUALLY, that is not the case because most themes use an image for a logo instead, but you’ll be able to see your new title in the tab section of your browser.

wordpress site title in browser tab

And you’re done.

It’s really that simple.

If you don’t want to have a site title at all, leave this field EMPTY and save your settings (but I recommend adding it).

There are rare cases when the site title can interfere with the image logo you are uploading to your theme, and the only solution is to remove the site title from the customizer.

Method 2: Change WordPress Site Title Via General Settings

When the live customizer wasn’t yet implemented, you needed to change the site’s title and tagline in the general settings of your WP installation.

This method is still just as effortless as any other.

So if you are more used to changing parameters from the Settings tab, you can easily change or remove the title there.

Go to Settings > General and change the appropriate fields.

change site title from wordpress general settings

Click Save changes, and you are done.

A new site title appears in several areas of your website (logo if a theme uses site title, browser tab, and backend of your WordPress dashboard).

Method 3: Change WordPress Site Title With A Plugin

The site title and tagline are important when it comes to SEO.

WordPress will automatically generate the information for the search engines based on your settings.

However, you might sometimes want to change how the site title appears in search engines to improve your SEO.

This can’t be done from the WordPress dashboard by default, so you must install a plugin to achieve that.

Several SEO plugins can help you with that.

I will focus on Yoast SEO because it’s the plugin that we are using.

First, install and activate the WordPress plugin.

After the activation, navigate to Yoast SEO (a new label appears in the left navigation menu of your WP admin panel) > Search Appearance.

You can set how search engines interpret your site’s title and tagline here.

yoast seo title general settings

Scroll down to the Homepage & Posts Page section and click the Editing The Homepage Itself button.

The SEO Title field controls what’s shown as the main title, and here you can set exactly how it appears in the search engines.

As you can see, we use several dynamic elements that combine the site title, page, and tagline, representing our website for SEO purposes.

This way, we can include all the important keywords we want to rank high for.

You can customize this freely, even with your custom text without any dynamic content, but that is not recommended.

Bonus: Why Your WordPress Site Title Is Important

Site title DEFINES the main content of your brand or blog.

It’s the first thing your potential visitors notice when they scroll through the displayed results of a search query in Google.

wordpress site title example in google search

You can see why it’s so important.

You can get many more visitors to your website (you can expect an increase in click-through rate) if the title is eye-catchy.

So give this a lot of thought and create a SIMPLE yet DESCRIPTIVE slogan that you can also use in marketing.

What Is A WordPress Site Title

The definition is very simple.

It specifies to users and search engines what your brand is called and what they can expect to find on the website.

It only contains a few words that define the main purpose of your page.

What Is A WordPress Tagline

On the other hand, the WordPress tagline is a slightly longer presentation of your website.

It’s a short description (usually one or two sentences) that defines the content of your page in more detail.

Some admins use the same tagline as the WordPress site title, but I RECOMMEND you give a more in-depth description of your website.

Come up with something catchy.

A good slogan can come a long way.

You can modify the WordPress title and tagline from the WordPress dashboard anytime.

When & Why Change WordPress Site Title

Many people don’t really give much thought to a website’s title when they install WordPress.

They just set it to something remotely related to their website and FORGET about it.

After a while, most will realize that it’s an essential aspect of their website and change it to something more meaningful.

Or if you change the nature of your business, then it’s only logical to change the site title and tagline too.

For the end of our tutorial, here are some suggestions to pick the best possible site title for your website:

  • Keep it simple. Your site title should quickly tell readers what your site is about.
  • Be specific (focus on the main topic of your page).
  • Try to create playful phrases.
  • Find material in quotes.
  • Say the phrase out loud.

FAQs About Changing WordPress Site Title

How do I change my WordPress site title?

You can change your WordPress site title from the WordPress dashboard. Navigate to Settings > General, and you’ll find the “Site Title” field at the top. Enter your new title, scroll down, and click “Save Changes” to update your site title.

Will changing my site title affect my SEO?

Yes, changing your site title can affect your SEO, as it alters how search engines understand your site. The site title is a significant element that search engines use to determine what your site is about. If you change it, make sure the new title reflects your site’s content and incorporates relevant keywords to maintain or improve your SEO.

Can I change my WordPress site title without affecting my site’s URL?

Yes, you can change your WordPress site title without affecting your site’s URL (domain name). The site title and site URL are independent settings within WordPress. Changing one will not automatically change the other.

How often should I change my WordPress site title?

It’s generally best to keep your WordPress site title consistent to build brand recognition and maintain SEO ranking. Frequent changes can confuse your audience and search engines. Only update your site title if it’s necessary to reflect your brand or content more accurately or if you’re rebranding.

Does the WordPress theme affect how I change my site title?

No, the method of changing your WordPress site title via the dashboard (Settings > General) remains the same across all themes. However, some themes may offer additional settings for displaying or styling the site title in the theme’s customization options.


Note: This article was originally published on December 13, 2022. But our team regularly reviews it and updates it with necessary improvements for accuracy.

About Author

Ales has been in love with computers ever since he got Amiga 500 almost 30 years ago. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer science from Ljubljana University, Slovenia. In 2010 he co-founded PremiumCoding, a website that makes awesome WordPress themes that are also for sale on ThemeForest. In the past few years, he focused mainly on combining web design, code and photography into a seamless experience.