Page titles and H1 tags

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My website has been built using wordpress.

We've gone to great lengths to optimise each page and use the correct H-tag structure. However, I've noticed when crawling the site that the wordpress page titles are being highlighted as H1 tags even though they aren't visible on the page.

When we build a new page on our site, we need to fill in the title/heading section at the top, but this is more for internal purposes. When we build out the page then that's when we set the H1 title for the page which is visible to users.

Is this going to be an issue for us in terms of SEO - both from the point of view that the search engine may pick up we have two H1 tags, but also would it count as hiding text from the page?
#page #tags #titles
  • Profile picture of the author IronPaper
    Firstly, you need to check the HTML coding of your website to ensure that the title and H1 are placed separately. Secondly, there is a useful plugin Yoast SEO that you must install. It can help you fix the SEO related issues of your website. You can check your website in Screaming Frog tool as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by IronPaper View Post

      Firstly, you need to check the HTML coding of your website to ensure that the title and H1 are placed separately. Secondly, there is a useful plugin Yoast SEO that you must install. It can help you fix the SEO related issues of your website. You can check your website in Screaming Frog tool as well.
      A better idea would be to ditch wordpress.

      Since the OP keeps mentioning "we" do this, and "we" do that....

      You'd think "WE" would know how to build a site the right way.

      Just reiterates what wordpress really is and who uses it.

      Here's a tip. Use blogspot instead. At least it's a better CMS,
      SEO'd like google wants it, and no idiotic plugins needed.
      Heck, google will even essentially host your domain for free!

      But "we" doubt you take the advice.

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      • Profile picture of the author irawr
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        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        A better idea would be to ditch wordpress.

        Since the OP keeps mentioning "we" do this, and "we" do that....

        You'd think "WE" would know how to build a site the right way.

        Just reiterates what wordpress really is and who uses it.

        Here's a tip. Use blogspot instead. At least it's a better CMS,
        SEO'd like google wants it, and no idiotic plugins needed.
        Heck, google will even essentially host your domain for free!

        But "we" doubt you take the advice.

        Paul
        Again, that's not good advice, sorry. You're turning an SEO discussion into Windows Vs Mac. They're both platforms, it just depends what you do with them. I have no issues with Wordpress. I suggest an SEO plugin and a security plugin, both which turn a bunch of things off. It takes about 60 seconds and it behaves fine, no reason to insult the plugins here, that's how the platform was designed to work. As far as the "politics" behind it's features, everything is a hook and can get unregistered. You can write a plugin to completely turn everything wordpress does off and when you instantiate it, it will print out a blank file.

        As far as who really uses Wordpress, here you go http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/4...ing-wordpress/

        I use Wordpress day in and day out, I have no idea what that person did to have that problem. The H tags are extremely straight forward in WP. The page/post title gets the h1 tag with most themes, the popular SEO plugins will let you control the title tag, the slug can be controlled as well, and the h2-h6 tags are right in the editor.

        No reason to over complicate this.
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        • Profile picture of the author paulgl
          Originally Posted by irawr View Post

          Again, that's not good advice, sorry.
          That is good advice. Nobody who wants to hit the big time, will be fiddling with WP.

          And the kicker is that the OP says "WE" are BUILDING new sites.

          Well, then FRIGGIN' BUILD THE SITE! It's easy!

          And I don't mean WP.

          Otherwise, you do NOT have the "we" building a site.

          Best WP user quote:

          "Gee...last week I couldn't even spell webmaster...and now I is one!"

          Paul
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          • Profile picture of the author DigitalDarren
            Hi Paul

            Sorry, I put "we" as in the business. I do not build websites. I am not a web developer. A web development company was hired to create the website.

            I'm simply trying to optimise the site and ensure we meet best practice, which is why I raised the question.

            Thanks

            Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

            That is good advice. Nobody who wants to hit the big time, will be fiddling with WP.

            And the kicker is that the OP says "WE" are BUILDING new sites.

            Well, then FRIGGIN' BUILD THE SITE! It's easy!

            And I don't mean WP.

            Otherwise, you do NOT have the "we" building a site.

            Best WP user quote:

            "Gee...last week I couldn't even spell webmaster...and now I is one!"

            Paul
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          • Profile picture of the author yukon
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            Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

            Nobody who wants to hit the big time, will be fiddling with WP.


            I hate to sink your battleship but you might be wrong.



            That's enough to see that Wordpress is serious business.
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            • Profile picture of the author DABK
              A mouse-keteer, a company that can't spell chlorine and sodium and a bunch of clowns?

              Excellent examples.

              I kid.

              I understand Paul's point of view. blogger is streamlined... But I use wordpress a lot. It's got issues, but beats heck out of creating a site the pre-woprdpress way.

              And, if you learn a thing or two about using it, you end up with good sites.

              I know a guy, web designer, who does amazing things with wordpress and with blogger. But, he talks about Wix like Paul talks about blogger. Go figure!

              Originally Posted by yukon View Post

              I hate to sink your battleship but you might be wrong.



              That's enough to see that Wordpress is serious business.
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              • Profile picture of the author yukon
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                Originally Posted by DABK View Post

                A mouse-keteer, a company that can't spell chlorine and sodium and a bunch of clowns?

                Excellent examples.

                I kid.
                Yet they're all multi-million dollar businesses that have been around longer than anyone on this forum. Longer than even plain HTML or the internet.
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    • Profile picture of the author DigitalDarren
      Hi

      Yes, I use Screaming Frog, which is how I first spotted the “issue” once the developers delivered the site.

      If I look at the page source I can see:

      <nav class="primary-navbar is-hidden" role="navigation"><h1 class="primary-nav--mobile-title">[THIS IS THE PAGE NAME I ENTER VISIBLE IN THE BACK END]</h1>

      I was told this wouldn’t be an issue, but I wanted to double check here/get your input.

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author dynodan
    Can HTML5 sites have more than one H1 tag or is it still supposed to be only one per page?
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