How to Restore the Missing Link Title Field in WordPress 4.2


In WordPress 4.2, the link title field in the insert link section was replaced by the link text field. This was a little disappointing for many users who believe that the link title field is useful for SEO purposes. In this article, we will show you how to add the missing link title field in WordPress 4.2 and later versions.

In WordPress 4.2 Link title field is replaced by link text

Why Was The Link Title Field Removed?

Link title provides a title for the link that could be different from the anchor text of a link. It provides users a chance to see the title of the document linked. Some users believed that it has accessibility benefits, but actually many screen readers cannot read title attribute in links by default. Link title popup cannot be seen by users on mobile and other handheld devices. These popups are also not visible to users who only use keyboard.

Link title popup displayed in Google chrome on a Mac

Many users believe that link title text also has SEO significance. It allows site owners to use actual document titles in the title, and their keywords as anchor text. You may also want to read on our article on image alt text vs image title.

Whether or not there are SEO or accessibility benefits, link title attribute is certainly harmless. Here is how you can add it back to your WordPress site.

Adding Link Title Field Back in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Title and Nofollow For Links plugin. It works out of the box and there are no settings for you to configure.

Simply create a new post or edit an existing one. Select some text and click on the insert link button in the editor. An insert link popup will appear, and you will notice the extra link title field appear there.

Insert link popup with title and nofollow fields

This plugin also adds a rel=”nofollow” checkbox should you want to use it. Read more about why and when you need to nofollow links.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you add the missing link title field WordPress 4.2 and later versions. You may also want to check our guide on how to fix broken links in WordPress.

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