How to set custom title of custom page template?

I try use wp_title filter but it's not working.

  • Are you using the filter before calling the wp_head? Commented Jun 12, 2017 at 14:32

3 Answers 3



Got success by adding this code to your-page-template.php file before get_header() function:

function my_page_title() {
    return 'Your value is '; // add dynamic content to this title (if needed)
add_action( 'pre_get_document_title', 'my_page_title' );
  • This should be added in the themes function.php file.
    – Howdy_McGee
    Commented Nov 27, 2018 at 4:08
  • hope this worked from the template file but doesn't
    – Fanky
    Commented May 22, 2019 at 15:47
  • Your theme must add_theme_support('title-tag') in functions.php
    – ericek111
    Commented Mar 8, 2021 at 10:45

You can do a conditional and check if you are on a custom post type page, and then update the title:

function my_wp_title( $title, $sep ) {
    if (is_single('post-tyle')){
        // Update the title here, for example : $title .= $title . $post->post_title;
    return $title;
add_filter( 'wp_title', 'my_wp_title', 10, 2 );

However, your theme must support wp_title. For doing so, add this in your theme's functions.php file:

add_theme_support( 'title-tag' );

There are times when you cannot do this from functions.php (you don't have the data you want to output yet). For these cases:

make a new copied header file header-mycustom.php and load it in your template

global $newtitle;
$newtitle="New Title";

in the header-mycustom.php replace wp_head with the following:

$output = ob_get_contents();
global $newtitle;
echo $output;   

(This is the first time I feel I have to hack WP for such common task.)


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