I'm trying to use wp_title() to create a heading for my pages, but I'm using a static front page and, while all of the other pages render the title properly, the front page won't.

This is what I'm working with:

<div id="main-content">
    <h1><?php wp_title("", true); ?></h1>
    <?php while( have_posts() ) : the_post() ?>
        <div class="pagecontent">
            <?php the_content(); ?>
    <?php endwhile ?>   

Initially I thought that the front page might be drawing from index.php, so I added the same code snippet in there – but, no such luck, the same thing gets rendered – an empty h1 tag.

What's going on here? I want the title of the page to show up in the h1 tag.


wp_title() is for the html title tags in your websites head section.

It's not for outputting a title. Use the_title(), or get_the_title(),

  • Thank you! I replaced wp_title() with the_title() and everything looks good now. – Benjamin Kovach Jul 10 '12 at 23:34

If you look at the source of wp_title() you will see that there is not output planned for a static front page.

Use the_title() for visual output as @Chris_O suggested. But for the title in the <head> section you have to filter wp_title() and fill it if it is empty.

Sample code (download from GitHub):

// Hook in very late, let the theme fix it first.
add_filter( 'wp_title', 't5_fill_static_front_page_title', 100 );

 * Fill empty front page title if a static page is set.
 * @wp-hook wp_title
 * @param   string $title Existing title
 * @return  string
function t5_fill_static_front_page_title( $title )
    // another filter may have fixed this already.
    if ( '' !== $title or ! is_page() or ! is_front_page() )
        return $title;

    $page_id = get_option( 'page_on_front' );
    $page    = get_page( $page_id );

    if ( ! $page or '' === $page->post_title )
        $title = get_option( 'blogname' );
        $title = $page->post_title;

    // We don’t know if there is any output after the title, so we cannot just
    // add the separator. We use an empty space instead.
    return "$title ";

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