Don’t Remove Your Site Title – Hide It!

Most WordPress themes allow you to upload a header image, including ours.  But your header image may also include your logo with a unique font style and color. Then once you upload it and  check it out on the front end you see your image logo and your site title above it.

So you remove the site title and tag line by going to Settings > General which is a REALLY BIG MISTAKE!!!

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Example of a header image and site title both active

You may think removing the site title this way solves the duplication of your site title and it does. But what happens is search engines no longer see your site title in the source code and site visitors don’t see your site title in browser tabs or bookmarks.

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How your site appears in the browser tab with the site title removed.

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How your site will appear in peoples bookmarks.

The solution is to hide your site title so it doesn’t appear above your uploaded logo image but remains visible where you need it for search engines and visitors alike. Here’s how the proper way to remove your site title and tag line.

  1. Go to Appearance > Customize
  2. Click on Site Identity
  3. Uncheck the box next to “Display Header Text”
  4. Save your changes by clicking the blue button at the top that says “Save & Publish”
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Step 1 – Navigate to Appearance > Customize

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Step 2 – Uncheck the box to display header text

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Site title and tag line are hidden from view

Now the site title will still appear where it is needed most and your new header image/logo is presented the way you want it with your site title hidden.

artbiz-remove-site-title-wordpress-favicon Footnote: There’s a new feature that will add add a favicon (website icon) that will appear in browsers and other apps.  Cool! Thanks WordPress!

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About Kim Bruce

Design is Kim Bruce’s background; art, her passion; digital technologies, her tool. Kim is a visual problem solver who designs WordPress themes for fine art. Here at Artbiz.ca, she helps artists get and maintain an online presence using WordPress.

9 thoughts on “Don’t Remove Your Site Title – Hide It!

  1. George

    Hugely helpful. Thank you very much. This solved a problem with WordPress (with the Woothemes Canvas theme) not displaying anything at all in the browser tabs. I had left the site title and subtitle blank in Settings > General because they would display on top of my site’s graphic header image. When I did as you suggested, turning off the title and subtitle display via Appearance > Customize > Site Identity, it not only prevented the site title/subtitle from over-printing on the header image, but now the site title displays in the browser tabs. Now I only wish that the tabs would display the post and page titles instead of the “generic” site title.

  2. Meredith

    Hi there. I wish that this had worked for me as I’ve tried everything from editing .css to using various plugins and it won’t work. I am using a Baskerville child theme. When I go to Customize>Site Identity, there is no checkbox with “Display Header Text” for me to uncheck. Even the parent theme didn’t have the checkbox. Any other ideas? Thanks!

  3. Aubrey Zhang

    Well, this certainly helps in maintaining the title in site HTML source for search engines, but I find that it also removes the header image for mobile view – header is still seen for desktop view, but no long visible on mobile devices.

  4. Rob

    A checkbox “Display Header Text” does not appear on my WP instance. I was able to hide by entering the following lines in custom CSS sheet, that hides the named ID’s:

    #site-title {display: none;}
    #site-description {display: none;}

  5. Itpro

    I am experiencing similar issue, this CSS code didn’t make any difference.

    #site-title {display: none;}
    #site-description {display: none;}

    I am using daily Dish Pro with StudioPress. My Site isn’t live yet.

    Please help

    1. Kim Bruce Post author

      Your theme may have different CSS selectors than what is shown. Use an inspector to find the right selector in order to edit.

      Note: You really should make these edits using a CSS plugin editor or create a child theme. Any changes you make to the theme may be overwritten on updates.

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