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How to Add Character Limit to Post Titles in WordPress

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Did you know that the optimal title length is between 55 and 60 characters? It becomes hard to manage the title length when running a multi-author blog. In this article, we will show you how to add character limit to post titles in WordPress.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the Limit Post Titles plugin. Upon activation, simply go to Settings » Limit Post Titles to configure the plugin settings.

Title limit settings in WordPress

You need to enter the character limit and select the post types where you want to enable this character limit. Next, click on the save settings button to store your settings.

You can now create a new post and start typing a post title. You will notice that this plugin will show your character limit and let you know when you exceed it.

Title Limit Exceeded notice

Difference Between Post Title and SEO Title

If you are using an SEO plugin like WordPress SEO or All in One SEO, then you will notice that you can add an SEO title for each post.

SEO Title vs Post title

This SEO title does not change your post’s title. Instead, it is used as the HTML <title> tag for the post. This allows you to provide an alternative shorter title for SEO and more descriptive title for the post title. Both of them provide significant SEO boost. However, most site owners stick to using the same title for both settings to avoid keyword stuffing penalties from search engines.

We hope this article helped you add character limit to post titles in WordPress. You may also want to check our guide on how to prevent duplicate post titles in WordPress.

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  2. Babak Fakhamzadeh says

    The Limit Post Titles plugin appears to have stopped working with the introduction of WordPress 5.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thank you for letting us know, we will certainly take a look at alternatives for this article.


  3. Shafaq says

    hi i need your help is there any way to limit content paragraph in post with pagination ? example if i have 10 paragraph in my post then after 6 paragraph on post should display other 4 on another post with same title and the bottom of the post should display pagination on bottom

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