How to Prevent Duplicate Post Titles in WordPress

Your blog post title and URL play an important role in SEO. Having a duplicate post title can negatively the affect SEO performance of your site. WordPress deals with duplicate post titles by adding a number at the end of URL slug. However these titles are still duplicate, and you should try to avoid them. In this article, we will show you how to prevent duplicate post titles in WordPress.

Prevent duplicate post titles in WordPress

How WordPress Handles Duplicate Post Titles

WordPress automatically uses the post title as URL slug.

In case of a duplicate post title, WordPress tries to distinguish the title by adding a number at the end of the URL slug.

Number in the post URL

Since both post titles are still using the same keywords, this could confuse search engines when deciding which post should be ranked for the keywords used in the title.

Avoiding Duplicate Post Titles in WordPress

If you are running a single author website, then you can easily avoid this by simply changing the title and removing the number from WordPress URLs. However, it’s a lot harder to keep track of when you are running a multi-author WordPress site.

But don’t worry, the solution we’re going to cover is going to help you prevent duplicate post titles and advise your authors to change them.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Unique Title Checker plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

The plugin works out of the box, and there are no settings for you to configure.

Simply go to Posts » Add New and enter a unique post title. The plugin will check the post title and notify you that it is unique, and you are good to go.

Unique post title

You can now try again by creating another new post. This time use a title that you have already used for another post.

The plugin will notify you that this title is already been used.

Duplicate post title warning

It will not stop you from editing the post, saving it, or even publishing it.

However, the warning will let you and other authors on your website know that they should use an alternate title.

We hope this article helped you prevent duplicate post titles in WordPress. You may also want to see our step by step WordPress SEO guide for beginners.

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How to Add Audio Stories to Images in WordPress

Do you want to add audio stories to your images in WordPress? You can use it to add narration to your photographs, or simply create web based audio visual story books. In this article, we will show you how to easily add audio stories to images in WordPress.

How to add audio stories to images in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Audio Story Images plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Media » Add New and upload your image and audio file you want to add to the image.

Upload your audio and image files in WordPress

After uploading both files, you need to visit the Media » Library page. Next, click on the list view icon to display your media files in a list.

You will now notice a new column labeled ‘Audio Story’. You need to click on the ‘attach’ link next to the image you just uploaded.

Link image to the audio file

This will bring up a popup where you need to select the audio file you want to attach to the image.

Select your audio file

Go ahead and click on the select button to continue.

The plugin will now link your image and audio file to each other.

Audio and image files linked together

Now that your image is linked to the audio file, you can add it to any WordPress post or page.

Simply edit a post or page where you want to add the image and click on the ‘Add Media’ button.

Add image in a WordPress post or page

This will bring up the media uploader popup.

You need to select the image file you just uploaded and insert it into your post.

Select your image from media library

Once you are satisfied, you can either save or publish your changes.

After that click on the preview button to see your audio story image in action.

Audio story image in WordPress

The plugin will add a tiny volume icon on the top left corner of your image. Clicking on the icon will play the audio file linked to the image.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add audio stories to images in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to find royalty free images for your WordPress blog posts

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How to Add Falling Snowflakes in Your WordPress Blog

Have you seen sites adding snowflakes because of the holiday season? It is a common trend to change site design or add minor updates to reflect the specific season. On most websites, we see this type of effect in the winter season. In this article, we will share how you can add falling snowflakes in your WordPress Blog.

Adding Snowflakes in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Super Snow plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you will notice the new ‘Super Snow’ menu item in your WordPress admin bar. Clicking on it will take you to plugin’s settings page.

WP Super Snow settings page

You need to click on ‘Yes enable Super Snow’ button to enable the plugin and click on the save all changes button at the bottom.

You can now visit your website to see snowflakes and snowfall in action.

Snowflakes in WordPress

The basic settings for the plugin would work for most websites. However, if you would like to change anything then you can click on the ‘Virtual Snow Blower’ tab.

Here you will be able to change the snowfall direction and upload your own images to be used for snowfall and snowflakes.

Advanced snowfall settings

We hope this article helped you learn how to add falling snowflakes in your WordPress blog. You may also want to see our list of 25 most useful WordPress widgets for your site.

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