Changing a Page's Name

Understand exactly what you’re changing

Remember, the Page Name is used in several places:

  • As what visitors will see in site navigation

  • As the default title on your web browser’s title bar

  • On the Site Map

  • As the basis for the Page’s Slug (discussed in the next step)

  • As the default Page Title on the webpage (although this can be overridden; if you want what visitors see on the Page to be longer, see Changing a Page’s Title)

Changing the Name does NOT change the URL, or address, of the webpage. To do that, follow the instructions at Changing a Page’s URL.

TIP: You might remember the Name from Adding new Pages within the website or Adding new Pages using Site Structure; refer back to that lesson for more information.

Some other advice from Google about Names:

  • Be descriptive yet concise.
  • Don’t repeat words or phrases in an attempt to bump up the Page’s ranking. Google will actually penalize Pages who do that!
  • Have a different Name for every Page. Don’t repeat Names. And don’t use a lot of the same words on a lot of Page Names.

Steps for Changing a Page's Name

  1. Go to the page whose Name you want to change

  2. Hover over Edit and press Properties

    The Properties panel will open

    Make sure you’re on the Standard Properties tab.

  3. Change the Name

    The Name probably should be brief, since the Name is used in navigation. Remember, if you want what visitors see on the Page to be longer, see Changing a Page’s Custom Attributes; the particular attribute you’re interested in is Page Title.

    Be consistent in the capitalization of Names. Decide between headline case (Key Words in Page Titles are Capitalized) and sentence case (Only the first word of the title is capitalized) and stick to it throughout your website.

    TIP: Never use ALL CAPS or all lowercase—if that is desired, talk to WebSanity & we will automate that styling for you.

    Use keywords that search engines and users will find. A good Name would be “Annual Dinner and Auction”; a bad one would be “We hope you’re hungry!” (it’s too cutesy and search engines will have no idea that you’re referring to your annual dinner).

  4. Press Save