The originally inserted name for a page is retained in the system even after editing the page title. I figure this could be good for seo but cannot be sure if this applies to the home page – if this reverts to being named index. by WordPress or whether it is kept as-is. It’ll work for other pages but I would expect the search engine will offer more weight to a homepage. Have you done any research on this at all?
It’s something I noticed a fair while back that wordpress retains the first name given to a page even if it is subsequently changed in the page editor. If you check the About and the Contact page you’ll see an seo page title in the browser address bar but the newly given title in the navigation bar which keeps the nav bar tidy. grimsbyaccountant.co.uk/
I’ve been concentrating on seo because I’ve found that finding a taker for a page one site is much easier than finding someone who wants a site.
It would be good to know if the originally selected HOME page in settings/reading keeps it’s name anywhere or if it’s automatically swapped to index with no traces for a Google bot to find. Not a massive issue on this site but if I can’t bag a suitable geo-generic then page title would be good.
Hello again Jamie,
I’m suspecting that the original page name is retained somewhere in the database even though the permalink shows: index. I have two sites, both re-indexed, and they still show in serps with their original name as the main result title in bold blue on Google & Bing. It’s a different client but same site so needs to show the new client’s name.
I’ve tried again to hunt through the database for any reference to page name/title so I can edit that but without success – I just don’t have enough experience with a database. Can you please shed some light on where or what I need to look for.