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Removal of the Link Title Attribute

I guess the word “removal” isn’t really correct. The link title attribute in the post editor really hasn’t been removed…it just no longer functions. So how many of you out there have been thinking the title field is actually getting inserted? Guess again. It hasn’t functioned since April, 2015.

Removal of Link Title Attribute Field in WordPress

Removal of Link Title Attribute Field in WordPress

Why would WordPress do this when title tags are so important? Guess what? Apparently they’re not and WPMUDEV has made that clear in the developer’s reasoning why this feature no longer functions – Some background on the “removal” of the Link Title Attribute from Drew Jaynes:

Just to give you a more complete answer: The ‘Title’ field was intentionally removed from the wpLink modal in #28206 largely because it was often confused with the actual link text itself. In recent years, we’ve begun to actively discourage the use of title attributes in links as they are largely useless outside of providing the “hover tooltip” many visual users enjoy, and more importantly, they don’t promote good accessibility. If you’d like to continue using title attributes in links, you can add them manually using the Text mode in the editor.

Apparently there are now even plugins to restore the Link Title Attribute. Okay guys…if plugins are being created to restore the Link Title Attribute, why can’t WP Developers just make the Link Title Attribute functional again? What was it hurting so much that you had to make it non-functional? Using the word “removed” is far from correct. Now it’s just a teaser. Not to mention the most shocking part of finding out that title tags are largely useless outside of providing the “hover tooltip.” I don’t consider myself an SEO “expert,” but have always believed that title and alt tags were important for the search engines. Have I really been “wrong” all these years? This is really a major shocker to me and probably a lot of you too.

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