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  • Hello team,

    I need your help to find a solution.
    The search engines are not pulling the correct Site Title and Tagline of the website, and of course the reading settings allow the search engines indexing the site.

    The Site Tile showing up currently has been changed weeks ago, and the Tagline is is just pulling information from the header (menu) and the footer. Why?

    The website:

    Any clue of what could be blocking those fields?

    If it helps, this started happening since I updated the wp version and changed the template.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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  • EMG


    Forum Volunteer

    Hi there! 🙂

    Let me see if I can explain what is happening.

    Google (I looked you up using Google) and other Search Engines will pull into its tagline/site description one of a few different possibilities.

    1) A meta description in the head of your site.

    This is the older way to do this. It works, but unless scripted to change according to each page on a dynamic site, it will likely be static.

    You do not have this on your site.

    2) If you do not have a meta description attached to your site or some other form of description that a search engine can process as a description, it will try to process the page itself and any relevant text.

    As your website’s only text is in the header and footer, the search engine pulls that as your site description/tagline because it is the only relevant thing it can process.

    About the Site Title not showing up correctly, this is potentially due to a caching issue with the search engine.

    Does your install show the correct website name? Does your theme? Do both of them agree on what your website title is called?

    Hope this information helps some.

    If you check your website’s page source, there is no site title or site description.

    To do this, just right click anywhere on your site, and click “view page source”, you will see all information of your site code.

    You can try SEO plugin or configure your theme’s SEO setting if any.


    Thanks for the explanations.
    If installing a SEO plugin could fix this, then I will do it, but I really would like to understand the reason why the information is not getting published although the Site Title and the Tagline fields are filled.

    And I am more confused because the site title is correct in the source code (and it is also in the tab name of the browser) but not updated in the search engines, anyway, it could be just cache.

    But the Site description is not there, it doesn’t exist as you noticed. What could be the reason? Possible conflict with the template?

    Thanks again!



    Forum Volunteer

    Hi again! 🙂

    Yes, most likely a theme issue.

    It seems like your theme isn’t coded to output both the Site Title and the Site Description/tagline in the <title></title> region of the head in the header.php file.

    For example, on my Theme, I am using this:

    * Print the <title> tag based on what is being viewed.
    global $page, $paged;
    wp_title( '|', true, 'right' );
    // Add the blog name.
    bloginfo( 'name' );
    // Add the blog description for the home/front page.
    $site_description = get_bloginfo( 'description', 'display' );
    if ( $site_description && ( is_home() || is_front_page() ) )
    echo " | $site_description";
    // Add a page number if necessary:
    if ( $paged >= 2 || $page >= 2 )
    echo ' | ' . sprintf( __( 'Page %s', 'aithan' ), max( $paged, $page ) );

    to output the relevant information.


    The reason your menu/navigational information is showing up in Search results is because your main page doesn’t have any ‘readable content’ that a Search Engine would use to output an additional description.

    You have images on your site (do you have completed alt and title tags for all of your images?), but Search Engines can’t really translate them into a ‘description’.

    This is why the Search Engine chose to use your navigational menu to output as a description. A description needs words and your site has no words aside from your menu.

    I hope this makes sense.

    Hi EMG,

    It make sense, thanks a lot for your input and time.
    Best regards!

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