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Nice custom page titles for Textpattern sites

It’s no secret that SuperawesømeTextpattern. We love working with the CMS, especially because of the special way templating is implemented that’s super–easy for a designer to understand.

One thing that’s kind of difficult to achieve, is the complete customization of the page titles. For some reason, I like a site to be completely customized, and I am really happy Textpattern offers this level of fine–grained control over content.

Customized Page Titles in Textpattern

I usually have a couple of rules when it comes to page titles:

  • I want a special title on the home page,
  • I want a special title on the section lander,
  • I want a special title on the category lander within a section (for articles that are within categories, and sections),
  • I want a special title on the individual article page.

In order to achieve this, use this Textpattern template code:


  <txp:hide>check to see if we're on the home page</txp:hide>

  <txp:if_section name="">

    <txp:hide>we are, display the site's name and slogan</txp:hide>

    <txp:site_name /> — <txp:site_slogan />

  <txp:else />

    <txp:hide>we're not on the home page, check to see if we're in an article listing</txp:hide>


      <txp:hide>check to see if we are in a category listing</txp:hide>


        <txp:hide>we're in a category listing, display the category and section titles</txp:hide>

        <txp:category title="1" /> — <txp:section title="1" />

        <txp:else />

        <txp:hide>we're in a regular section listing, display section title</txp:hide>

        <txp:section title="1" />



    <txp:hide>check to see if we're on an individual article page</txp:hide>


      <txp:hide>we are on an individual article page</txp:hide>

      <txp:title />

      <txp:hide>check to see if the article is in a category</txp:hide>


        <txp:hide>it is, display category2 title (for you this may be category1)</txp:hide>

        — <txp:category2 title="1" />


      <txp:hide>display article's section title</txp:hide>

      — <txp:section title="1" />


    <txp:hide>always display the site's name</txp:hide>

    | <txp:site_name />



See the GitHub gist or the blog post for more!

3 Comments Comment feed

Hi Dragan,

I’m looking to use custom fields to create a page title so that an SEO team can specify the exact wording that they want within the <title> of each page and section. This does not always correspond directly to the article title or the section.

I am struggling to get TXP to recognize custom fields in the heading section.

Do you have any tips or ideas that you could share?

  • Mave
  • 19 May 2012

Liam, there’s a good article on managing titles here. It worked like a charm for me.

Here is another method of managing SEO titles in Textpattern without plugins.

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