SEO-friendly titles in WordPress with Atahualpa theme and Headspace plugin

The Atahualpa theme for WordPress is a really powerful theme with lots of settings. But it doesn’t give you full control over the titles of posts and pages the way the Headspace plugin does.
How the titles of your blog posts look like is important for search engine optimization. If you want your post to be higher ranked in the search result (and who doesn’t?) the title is one of the most important factors to consider.
The Atahualpa theme and the Headspace plugin doesn’t work together without a minor modification to one of the helper php-files in Atahualpa. Look in the functions directory of the theme for the file called bfa_meta_tags.php. Open it in an editor and look for the line that says:

<title><?php bloginfo('name'); ?> <?php wp_title(); ?></title>

Change it to:

<title><?php wp_title(''); ?></title>

Now you can enable the Headspace plugin and go to Settings -> Headspace and define exactly how your titles should be generated.


7 thoughts on “SEO-friendly titles in WordPress with Atahualpa theme and Headspace plugin

  1. Installing the All in One SEo plugin is another good opion to increase the SEO factor of the title.

    In addition we suggest that installing a Google Sitemap Generator is one of the easiest steps to increase the opPage SEo factor. However, still many people do not know about its value. Today several plugins exist for several CMS and Blog platforms such as Joomla or WordPress. This makes creating a Google Sitemap very easy.

  2. dctommy says:

    I switched it out like you said. And now my preferred title shows up – however it is repeated twice. Looks like they may have added some code to this file in more recent versions of this theme. Maybe you could take a look at the lastest version and tell us what to tweak? 🙂

    I am also using the montezuma theme by the same author – which has the same problem!!! Help! Why doesn't the author address this critical issue? Otherwise the template is brilliant…

  3. Hi, I am still having problems with my titles disappearing.
    Wordpress 3.01
    Atahualpa theme 3.4.9
    Headspace2 v 3.6.33
    Do you have any other suggestions?

  4. Does Atahualpa really need an SEO plugin?

    I’ve used All in One SEO on a previous blog, then started another blog with Atahualpa. For some reason I thought I read that Atahualpa already came with some pretty good SEO functions built in, and that I wouldn’t need a plugin for that. Did I understand wrong?

  5. Hi Erik i used your suggestion and it works BUT i would like to propose you another issue even is not concerning properly uncompatibility beetwn Atahualpa and HS2.

    So the question is how to add meta tag descrition in page-category.

    At the moment based on WordPress category description post i add following the following
    meta description:
    <meta name="description" content=""/>

    BUT in this way the meta description about Pages ( and Front Page) and Posts are lost.

    Could you suggest me the PHP loosing code to add meta description for post and pages maybe using some HeadSpace2 function?


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