Changing a WordPress Page’s Name

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“How can I change the title of this WordPress page?”

It seems like a simple question—but depending on your site, you might need to check in more places than you’d think.

Will this screw anything up?

Recently the executive director of a nonprofit I work with asked me whether changing page’s name in the menu would “screw anything up”. I let her know it was fine to change the page’s title in the menu, but that wasn’t the only place to look.

How to safely (and thoroughly) change a page’s name

It’s fine to change your pages’ names. But a page’s name is defined in more than one place.

In some cases you might only need to do step #1 below. But you might need to look in as many as four places to completely change a page’s name.

  1. The page’s title. When you go to Pages > All Pages on the WordPress menu, you’ll see that every page has a title. You can edit the page title by clicking either Edit or Quick Edit from the list of all pages.
    pages - page title in quick edit
  2. The page’s text. Sometimes doing #1 above will change the name that appears at the top of the page for visitors. But for some pages, the name that appears at the top of the page is actually text entered in the page’s content. You can edit this name the same way that you would edit any other text on the page.
    pages - page title within page content
  3. The menu entry. Normally doing #1 will change the page’s name in the menu as well. But sometimes—if you’ve customized the menu item’s title—you need to manually edit the menu entry. This is described in more detail at Managing Menus > Edit menus > Changing a menu item’s title.
    menu editor - editing menu option name
  4. The page’s slug (address). Let’s say your page is named “About”. When you create the page, its address will default to something like http://[snippet type=”domain-name” textonly=”true”]/about. In this example, “about” is the page’s “slug”. If you change the page name from “About” to “Contact”, its address will still be http://[snippet type=”domain-name” textonly=”true”]/about. If you want, you can edit the slug to match the new page title… but that’s sometimes a very bad idea. You can read more about how (and whether!) to edit a page’s slug in the Nonprofit WordPress manual.

Read More

I’ve added this information to the Content Types > Page section of the Nonprofit WordPress manual, where you can learn more about managing your nonprofit’s WordPress site.

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