Currently my page titles are handled by WordPress, in a call to wp_head (I have add_theme_support( 'title-tag' ) in functions.php). I'd like to change the page title format for category archives - currently these look like

<Category name> Archives - <Site name>

I'd like them just to be:

<Category name> - <Site name>

Is there a way of achieving this?


If you're using the Yoast SEO plugin (which it looks like you are) then this answer might help you

If you are using yoast SEO plugin then the easiest method is to remove the archive word from "titles & metas-> Taxonomies->category"


%%term_title%% Archives %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%% replace it with:

%%term_title%% %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Alternatively you could try changing it using the get_the_archive_title filter as explained here

add_filter( 'get_the_archive_title', function ($title) {

if ( is_category() ) {

        $title = single_cat_title( '', false );

    } elseif ( is_tag() ) {

        $title = single_tag_title( '', false );

    } elseif ( is_author() ) {

        $title = '<span class="vcard">' . get_the_author() . '</span>' ;


return $title;

  • Excellent, thanks for both of these - went with the Yoast solution – toby1kenobi Sep 23 '16 at 12:35

You need to use the wp_title hook, try this code it should work for you :

add_filter( 'wp_title', 'my_new_category_title', 10, 2 );

function my_new_category_title($title)
    if (is_category() || is_archive()) {
        $title = ' - '.get_bloginfo('name').' '.$title;
    return $title;

If you only want to edit the title tag () and not what is at the top of the page you can do this:

// define the document_title_parts callback 
function filter_document_title_parts( $title ) { 
    if( is_category() ){
        $title[title] = str_replace( 'Archives', '', $title[title] );
    return $title; 

// add the filter 
add_filter( 'document_title_parts', 'filter_document_title_parts', 10, 1 );

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