How to change the homepage title tag in WordPress

In my post, I show you how to change the site title and tagline for your WordPress website, step by step. Your site title and description are essential because they help search engines understand your blog topic. Once changed, submit your site to search engines.

Let’s do that step by step.

How To Change Your Site Title And Tagline In WordPress

To change your site title and tagline in WordPress admin.

  • Step One – Go To ‘Settings’ And Select ‘General’.
  • Step Two – Add Your Site Title And Tagline.
  • Step Three – Save Your Changes.
  • Step Four – Submit Your Site To Google And Bing.

First, hover your mouse over ‘Settings’ on the left and select ‘General’ from the menu.

Select settings then General

In ‘General settings’, add your title tag and tagline in the two boxes.

Add site title and tagline

Next, scroll to the bottom of the page to save your changes.

Save changes

Finally, go to your Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools accounts and submit your site.

Google Search Console

In your Google Search Console, paste your site URL in the top box and hit enter.

Google Search Console

Select ‘Request Indexing’ to submit your site to Google.

Request indexing

Bing Webmaster Tools

In Bing Webmaster, select ‘URL Submission’.

Select URL submission

Next, click on ‘Submit URLs’.

Submit URL

Paste your site’s URL in the box, then select ‘Submit’ to request indexing.

Paste URL and submit

How To Change Your Site Title And Tagline In WordPress Video Tutorial

How To Change Site Title and Tagline Using Yoast SEO

To change your site title and tagline in Yoast SEO.

  • Step One – Install And Activate The Yoast SEO Plugin.
  • Step two – Go To ‘SEO’ And Select ‘Search Appearance’.
  • Step Three – Add Your SEO Title And Meta Description.
  • Step Four – Save Changes.
  • Step Five – Submit Your Site To Google and Bing.

First, install Yoast SEO. Go to ‘Plugins’ and select ‘Add New’.

Add new plugin

Type ‘Yoast’ into the search box. Install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin.

Yoast SEO

Once you have activated Yoast SEO, hover your mouse over ‘SEO’ on the menu and select ‘Search appearance’.

Search appearance

Add your site title in the first box and a short description of your site in the second box.

Site title and meta description

When complete, scroll to the bottom of the page and select ‘Save Changes’.

Save changes

Finally, go to your Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools accounts and submit your site.

Google Search Console

In your Google Search Console, paste your site URL in the top box and hit enter.

Google Search Console

Select ‘Request Indexing’ to submit your site to Google.

Request indexing

Bing Webmaster Tools

In Bing Webmaster, select ‘URL Submission’.

Select URL submission

Next, click on ‘Submit URLs’.

Submit URL

Paste your site’s URL in the box, then select ‘Submit’ to request indexing.

Paste URL and submit

How to add a site title and tagline using Yoast SEO video tutorial

How To Change Website Title In Google Search

To change your website title in Google search results, you must request Google visit your blog. You can’t edit any information stored by Google about your website.

Google has robots scan the web for new or updated content. Edits made to your site get indexed and updated.

If you have made recent changes to your title and aren’t seeing the changes on Google search, here are two recommendations that can help you get your site updated on Google search.

First, clear your browser cache or open a web browser you don’t usually use. All web browsers store copies of your content to help with loading speed. Clearing the browser cache forces your browser to retrieve new content from your website.

Second, if after clearing the browser cache, your site details haven’t updated. I recommend you request Google visit your site by pasting your site URL in your Google Search Console. Google then queues a robot to crawl your site.

Google decides what it updates and when. After you request Google to index your site, you must be patient. Asking Google to index your site multiple times doesn’t speed up the process.

I know it is frustrating when you see Google hasn’t updated your website title on search. I recommend you focus on producing more content for your blog.

Once Google detects that you publish content regularly, it will dedicate more resources to indexing your website.

Conclusion

I recommend you set your site title and tagline after you install WordPress. Google and Bing are excellent at finding new websites, so getting this done early ensures the search engines know the topic of your blog.

You can set the title and tagline directly on WordPress. Or you can use the Yoast SEO plugin.

Google and Bing scan websites daily for new content. After you update anything on your site, submit the URL to Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster tools.

To submit your site to Google, check out my ‘How does Google discover new sites?‘ post. To submit your site to Bing, check out my ‘How to submit a sitemap to Bing.’ post.

Before you update your site’s title tag and tagline, would you kindly spare one minute to leave me a comment? Did you find my post helpful? I appreciate all feedback.

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4 Comments

  1. I setup the website (WP Sydney theme) completing the site title & tagline via the dashboard with what I thought would display suitably on the Home page of the website. (Static page not a blog) This worked fine.

    I later discovered and installed Yoast and changed the Site Title & metadata for the Home page using what I though was good for SEO. It was different to that installed via the dashboard. Google Console cannot find the site now!

    I assume that both inputs have to be the same so have made them so & am waiting for Googlebot to crawl the site again and find it this time.

    If my assumption is correct it would appear that the Site Title and Metadescription serve one purpose displayed on the front page and another in SEO which are incompatible. I hope I am wrong & you can explain.

    Regards Roger

    1. Hello Roger, I have different text in my WordPress admin to my Yoast settings. My Yoast meta description shows for my site in Google searches and my WordPress admin text shows in the browser tab. I can see your site is new, and it does take time for Google to index and decide what it wants to show. I just had a look at your site in Google search results and I saw your phone number and email address as your meta description. I assume that is what you have in your WordPress admin settings. I wouldn’t have those details in there, put them on your homepage using your theme customization options. I am not familiar with your theme so don’t know if it has this option. Use Yoast for your site title tag and meta description. Make sure you submit your sitemap to your Google search console and submit each post or page URL after you make any changes to speed up indexing.

  2. I was looking for this type of blog, as I have an issue with my WordPress site, I use digital Ocean console, although I’ve followed step by step your youtube channel guide, the mobile version of the site title and tagline still says “W-ECOM BROG- Just another WordPress site” and the favicon is not appearing although when users click on the site is actually there. Now I think, but I hope I am wrong this is something that needs to be fixed within the Digital Ocean Console inside the console is possible to set the website configurations, but I’m not totally sure.

    1. Hello Fabrizio, I have never used Digital Ocean so can’t offer a solution to your problem. Does Digital Ocean have a help service option for you to open a ticket? Facebook or Reddit group to get advice from current users?

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