When you’re running a blog, one of your primary concerns is making the site user-friendly for your viewers. When people are confused about your site’s layout or bombarded by ads and disorganization, they’re less likely to come back… even if your content is top-notch. One thing I’ve noticed on a lot of blogs is that instead of choosing to hide the title, people show the title of their posts directly followed by a feature image containing the same words as the title.
Wouldn’t your post look so much prettier if the image took the place of the post title text?
I think one reason there are so many blogs out there with this issue is that people just don’t know how easily they can hide the post title. Today, I’m going to walk you through the process. You’ll see exactly how easy it truly is to have only the feature image at the top of your post.
Install Hide Title Plugin
- When you’re logged in to your WordPress dashboard, hover over the “Plugins” menu then click on “Add New” in the sub-menu that pops up.
- On the “Add Plugins” page, type “hide title” in the search bar.
- Click “Install Now” on the option “Hide Title”.
- Once installed, click on “Activate”. After activating, the page will redirect to the main “Plugins” page.
Use the New Hide Title Plugin
Now that the Hide Title plugin is installed, using it is extremely easy.
- Start by either opening an existing post or by creating a new post.
- Now that you’re in the post editor, you’ll notice that everything looks the same as before but with one change. There is now a new “Hide Title” section on the right between the “Tags” section and the “Featured Image” section.
- The next step is to choose a feature image for your post. If you’re going to hide the post title, make sure your feature image has the post title included. All of the feature images for the posts on my site include the post titles, for example.
Note: The title will be hidden with or without the featured image. The point of including the featured image in this case is so that it will take the place of the post title text.
- Now that you’ve selected a feature image, all you have to do is select the “Hide the title on singular page views” checkbox in the “Hide Title” section (located directly about the “Featured Image” section).
- Click on the “Preview” button in the “Publish” section of the editor and you’ll see how your page looks without the title! Here’s a before and after example for you:
That’s it! You’re done! You have now hidden your post title!
To learn how to create a before and after image like the one above, read my article How to Create a Before & After Image Slider. It is just one more way to add functionality and beauty for your users.