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  1. cbunting99

    It’s sad that it took this long for the title tag to be looked at. I’ve never used any SEO plug-ins except for Add Meta Tags because on some of the high-traffic WordPress sites we have or manage, we use Attracta.. SEO or XML Sitemap plug-ins have never been in our tool box.

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  2. Erik Emanuelli

    Good to know title tag is going to be added in WordPress 4.1
    Awesome news.
    I’ve been using plugins for that.

    I guess this is complementary to the latest news about the importance of CTR from the SERP Google ranking factor.

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  3. Olaf Lederer

    Is this such a great improvement? I use WordPress SEO not only for the page title and in most of the times I have another version for my page title than for the document title (and often a shorter version for the breadcrumbs). Sure there are SEO options for several premium themes, but I would never use them! Leave the important functions like SEO to the specialist and not the designer :)

    I hope there are more and bigger improvements for the next version.

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  4. Hector Garcia

    I really seems more and more to me that Word Press is more, or only about building themes not websites or website support.
    I have a word press website built by PSI (Profit Sense Innovations) I paid thousands to build me the site and did not get anything like I wanted or needed. And am finding word press community is the un-friendliest and hardest to try and get any help or answers from. Have left questions / comments on discussions to multiple people asking for help or for where to get with my site with no reply of any kind. Maybe I’m just not a proper member of your community? Just a word press website owner. But really think I have the wrong kind of website source for my or any business?

    Hector Garcia
    Emotobuys.com

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    • Victor

      Hi Hector,

      You have the right CMS just the wrong website designers (PSI)
      Visiting your website I can see why you are frustrated, you should not pay for that website..
      Let me know if I can help you in anything

      Cheers

      Victor

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  5. Victor

    Great, finally !!!
    It’s sad that it took this long, but is here…

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  6. Marc Connor

    Not sure how this affects those who use SEO plugins like “WordPress SEO by Yoast” that takes care of this problem already.

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  7. Justin Tadlock

    I wanted to answer a few of the comments and explain this in a bit of detail. This ticket was quite a big deal back when it was originally opened and made a lot of sense. If it had went into core back then, it would’ve been great for plugins like WP SEO because it would’ve solved one huge problem, which is to get theme authors to properly use the wp_title() function. That’s the thing that goes between the title tags in the header. See, if themes don’t use that function properly, it breaks the output of plugins that alter the title.

    However, there was another way to get theme authors to properly use it: make it a guideline for the theme review team. And, that’s exactly what TRT did. Any theme going through the WordPress.org system was forced to use the function correctly. We managed to fix this problem in the three years it took for this ticket to get pushed through.

    Now, what does this new thing do? Not much, actually. It certainly doesn’t fix the issue that was originally brought up. What it does do is mark a transition in which core WP has total control over the output of the title. It really is best that core WP is outputting the title in the head rather than the theme so that there’s no confusion if/when they do something like build a title tag editor into core (yuck).

    So, to sum up: this is basically a method to allow core to eventually do something that belongs in a plugin. It doesn’t fix any problems.

    @Olaf Lederer – No, this offers no current improvements. The new method is simply a different way to add the title tag to the header.

    @Marc Connor – It won’t change anything with plugins like Yoast’s in the least. Three years ago it would’ve been helpful.

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  8. Alex Bashinsky

    Title tags are important thats why it’s a wonder it was being addressed that late. But they did, anyway, so all is good. Thanks for posting Ninja Sarah.

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  9. Rajesh

    There is something wrong in the way the core is outputting title for archives. It is appending blognames (without any space) to the output and this isn’t desirable.

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