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How to Add Titles to WordPress Menus

Have you ever seen a link title and have no idea what that links page will have in it? Well, if the website had some title attributes in WordPress menus, then you would be able to hover your mouse over the link and see a short description.  Title attributes or simply link titles are short descriptions you can set up for your websites menu options.

Menu titles are a great way to add more information without creating a very long menu link name. This is actually really important because the more stuff you add to your website pages, the more valuable space becomes and you need to try shrinking your existing content and menu items to fit new ones. Today I will demonstrate how to add a title to WordPress menus using the built-in features WordPress offers.

Why Add Titles in WordPress Menus

Title attributes are used on links and images to add a description for visitors to know where they are going and what they are looking at. Now, these are not used by many users, in fact, there’s a good chance you have never used them yourself, but it doesn’t mean they are useless. Image titles are very useful for your websites portfolios. They allow you to enter a description of the images while keeping the page text free.

Most of the time the actual link or menu option is more than enough for most visitors to understand, but sometimes the navigation menu isn’t so clear. For example, if you have a category section for your visitors, having a title attribute will be very useful because visitors can get a description of the category if they are unsure what the category entails. If you are worried that they will mess up your SEO, don’t be, the jury is still out on whether they help or hurt your SEO, but remember, your website if for your visitors, not just for search engines.

How to Add Titles to WordPress Menus

Today I will demonstrate how to add a title to WordPress menus using the built-in features WordPress offers. This process is extremely quick and can be done anytime you add a new menu item, link, or image to your website. Remember to be consistent. If you add a title attribute to one menu item, you should add them to all of them and the same goes for images. WordPress navigation menus are meant to help your visitors navigate your website as easily and quickly as possible, so adding descriptions to them is a natural progression.

Let’s start by going on the left-hand admin panel and clicking on Appearance and select the Menus option.

clicking on Appearance and select the Menus option.

On this page, you can change or add new items to your websites menus. Click on the Screen Options drop down at the top right of the screen.

Click on the Screen Options drop down

There will be many options that you can add to your menus. Some of the items are added by your plugins and can be disabled by simply unchecking any of the boxes you don’t want. Check the Title Attribute box to add it to your menu items.

Check the Title Attributes box.

You’re now ready to add title attributes in. Click on any of your menu items. You will see a text box for Title Attribute. Fill out the text box and repeat these steps for every navigation menu item.

Fill out the text box

Once you have updated all of you navigation items click on the “Save Menu” button. Remember to stay consistent and add a title attribute to all of your menu items if you add it to one of them.

click on the "Save Menu" button.

Now you may also want to add title attributes to your images and it is just as easy. Enter any page you would like to add an image to. When you select the image in the media library you will notice a Title text box. This is the Title Attribute. Fill it out and click the “Insert into page” button.

Fill it out and click the "Insert into page" button.

Congratulations, you have added title attributes to your menu items and your images. Try to be consistent and always use a title on every menu item if you choose to use one and the same applies to images. Remember you can always add new ones if you change your menu options or add new ones.

Always Help Your Visitors Stay Informed

The point of adding any title tooltips in navigation menus in WordPress is to benefit your visitors. They need to know what every menu item does, which means it important for you to fully understand how to use menus in WordPress. You might think they can simply click on it and find out, which is a more popular way, but there are some visitors that want to know what the page they are visiting is about beforehand.

Always take the time to add any feature that your visitors may want or request. Your website is only useful if you have loyal visitors that keep coming back and new features are always welcomed. Don’t be afraid to do something that may be bad for SEO because there are many ways to improve your SEO using other methods.

How many visitors do you think will appreciate and use the new features you have added to your website? Have you added title attributes to both your menu items and images or just one?

Author: Ron Helms

I currently work for GreenGeeks as a Support Technician. My primary roles are supporting our VPS and Dedicated server clients, as well as performing site migrations. With experience in the web hosting industry since 2009, there is rarely a question I can’t help answer. In my spare time, I enjoy gaming and working on cars as an automotive enthusiast.

Updated on October 10, 2017

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