WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms due to its flexibility and ease of use. One thing it makes super easy is web design! And, since web design is essential for SEO and a good user experience, WordPress is always a solid choice for bloggers. If you’re using WordPress for your content, it’s important you know how to get an AMAZING user experience using its features and nuances!
For a solid blog set-up and good UXl, one thing you need is a layout that provides all the necessary info to your reader, without cluttering the digital aesthetic. It’s a difficult balance! Luckily, title attributes can help SO MUCH. They deliver just a little bit more info that can help your website visitors find what they need fast. Hopefully, this will help lower your bounce rate and keep readers on your site longer!
So, today, we’re dedicating this post to title attributes. We’ll discuss exactly what they are and how to add them to your WordPress blog. Here’s what you need to know:
What is a Title Attribute In WordPress?
A title attribute is an HTML element that can be added to images and menus. It allows you to easily include additional information for each element. So, if a user hovers over a thumbnail image that leads to a blog post, a little “tooltip box” (basically a tiny pop-up) appears and gives the reader the name of the blog post they’re about to navigate to. Or, if a user hovers over the Instagram icon on your website, the title attribute may explain it’s a link to Insta!
That’s just a couple examples of how a title attribute could be used, but you get the idea! It’s to help with navigation and accessibility, without totally messing up your aesthetics. The text can be neatly tucked away as a title attribute and pop-out when necessary . . . without it needing to be spelled out in your web design. It’s so smart!
How Title Attribute Works
There are lots of ways to use title attributes in your favor! Here are some of the best ways to utilize title attributes on your blog:
Screen Readers Support
In addition to tooltips, title attributes also assist those relying on screen readers or keyboard navigation. When a user tabs through links and fields, the title attribute text will be read aloud to further identify each item, kind of like alt text! This enhances accessibility and the overall browsing experience. It can also help explain things that the anchor text alone may not.
Search Engine Optimization.
Search engines lack the ability to see tooltip text, but title attributes can still aid SEO in a couple ways. The attribute values are readable code that further defines page elements, helping search bots better understand content. It may also lead to slightly improved click-through rates now that links have additional context for users.
Improve User Experience
As mentioned, it helps readers better understand your content when they hover over content and it displays the title text attribute. We recommend using them on main navigation links, embedded media, and other interactive elements. Keep text brief yet descriptive for best results!
How To Add A Title Attribute In WordPress Menus
Step 1: Go to the menus page.
Adding title attributes in WordPress navigation menus is quick and easy. The first step is navigating to the Menus page. Go to Appearance > Menus in your WordPress admin dashboard. This is where you can customize and manage site navigation menus design.
Step 2: Click on the screen options tab.
Once on the Menus page, click on the Screen Options tab located in the top right corner. This will show advanced menu properties and fields that you can make visible or invisible.
Step 3: Check the Title Attribute box.
With the Screen Options open, check the box next to the Title Attribute option. This will add a title attribute field under each menu item so you can start adding descriptive text.
Step 4: Add the Title Text for links.
Now when you hover over or click to edit a menu item, you’ll see the title attribute field available. Fill this out with explanatory text for that link or page. Be descriptive yet concise so it’s helpful but not intrusive when the user hovers over. Also, be sure to add the title attribute to all relevant menu items before clicking the Save Menu button.
How To Add A Title Attribute In WordPress Images
Step 1: Go to the Posts or Pages section of your blog.
Adding title attributes to images is easy too! First, find the content you want to add title attributes to by navigating to the post or page with the image on it. Click Edit to open the post or page.
Step 2: Find your image and open the editor.
Next, navigate to the image. Click the image and in the toolbar that pops up, hit the pencil icon, which will open the image editor.
Step 3: Open Advanced Options and add your title attribute.
Finally, scroll down to the last option that says Advanced Options. Click the arrow to drop down the menu and reveal the title attribute box. Here’s where you put your text.
Title attributes are another way you can level up your WordPres blog and provide a better experience for your readers!
As a blogger, you want your reader’s experience on your website to be incredible, right? Like, of course you want them to love your content, but you also want them to enjoy just being in your space. To create that vibe, good web design is essential . . . and to have great web design, you NEED to know all of WordPress’s best features.
You can find more WordPress guides on the InfluencerSEO blog, but we’ve got some of the greatest hits below. Here’s how to . . .
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