Facebook Fix: Facebook Not Showing the Correct Title for Website

Just had a client have a problem with Facebook and their WordPress blog. They created a post, and after publishing it, realized that they written the title wrong. So they went back and fixed it. However, whenever someone posted that site URL onto Facebook, it showed the old title, not the new one. Obviously, this needed to be fixed.

In today’ fast paced world, we’re used to things happening In Real Time. Even though it looks like Facebook connects to your site instantly, in reality it only looks at your site once every two days, and then caches what it sees. If it caches your site at the wrong time, you may see the wrong things up on Facebook.  But have no fear: Help is here!

All you need to do is tell Facebook to re-cache your page.  But how do you do that? Very simple: Go to the Facebook Debugger page and put in the URL of your page that you want corrected. By doing so, you are forcing Facebook to “refresh” it’s cache (much like pressing CTRL + F5 will refresh your browser).

Knowing how Facebook interacts with your site will go a long way in helping you troubleshoot any problems you may have with it.

20 Comments on “Facebook Fix: Facebook Not Showing the Correct Title for Website”

  • MuktoTips January 4th, 2016 8:21 am

    tnx, i did it successfully.

  • Chris Klongpayabal January 4th, 2016 1:14 pm

    Nice! Glad it worked.

  • Chris Gladden March 24th, 2016 6:09 am

    Man, this was great. It totally sorted out the problem. I spend so much damn time on WordPress forums fumbling around trying to sort out these little things that if you don’t know what’s happening… well, you just don’t know. This was spot on. Thanks so much!

  • Shanjedul Hassan March 30th, 2016 11:43 am

    I use all the OG meta tag for share article on facebook. But it’s not work Facebook Debugger show all the information correctly… So what is the problem with my website page… http://www.workitbd.com/tutorial please share and see the problem and give me a solution. Thanks in advance…

  • Chris Klongpayabal March 30th, 2016 11:52 am

    Shanjedul,

    You have several errors on your site. When I looked at the url you provided, there are no og: tags on there. When there are no og tags, facebook has to try and determine what it THINKS you want to use. So the first step is to include og tags. Secondly, using the debugger shows a redirect error. When I looked at the source code, you have the following on that page:
    link rel=’canonical’ href=’index.html’
    link rel=’shortlink’ href=’index.html’

    This is taking the user to a page that doesn’t exist, which is the error that facebook is showing. However, sharing your URL provides an image and description, so I’m not sure what the issue you are having with this.

  • Gary Shelley April 13th, 2016 8:25 am

    Hello, I have tried your suggestion, but it hasn’t fixed my problem. I would like Facebook to call my website, “Night Owls Astronomy”, but it insists on using the old title, Night Owls~A place for the late night astronomer. Debug didn’t change anything? Any ideas?

  • Chris Klongpayabal April 13th, 2016 9:14 am

    Gary,

    I’m not sure why your title isn’t updating. Nowhere in the scraped data is it showing the “A place for late night astronomer”. One of the notices it gives is to explicitly list an og:title tag, as this is what Facebook usually grabs for it’s title. I’m guessing that even though the summary is showing the og:title to be implicitly set by the title tag, the scraper is still using the old information since it hasn’t updated. Normally fetching new scrape data fixes this, but not in this case. I would try adding an og:title tag directly.

  • Gary Shelley April 13th, 2016 1:13 pm

    Thank you for your help. The problem is solved.

  • abhishek July 6th, 2016 4:34 pm

    when I am sharing any of my article on facebook, everything is fine, except the fact that the shared post on my fb page shows the article including the category names(like I have given Lifestyle, tech…etc). For example: If the article comes under the category “Lifestyle” and starts like ‘Apple is very healthy for…’, then in fb shared post it looks like ‘LifestyleApple is very healthy for…’. plz help.

  • Chris Klongpayabal July 6th, 2016 4:41 pm

    The problem with your site is that you have the tags of your posts right above the title. So when facebook crawls your site, it sees those as part of the title and includes it in the content. Normally there’s a way with the social buttons to set your content dynamically, but it looks like you are letting Facebook try to find it, which is why the tags are being added.

  • Jerand September 1st, 2016 3:58 pm

    when i post the URL in fb page it states no title..

  • Krystel September 11th, 2016 9:38 am

    Hello Chris,

    Why do I have double OG descriptions and OG titles? I tried to fix this issue in my blog but I couldn’t find them both. I have only 1 OG description and 1 OG title in my blog HTML template. But this is what I get when I use facebook debugger:

    Thank you.

  • Chris Klongpayabal September 11th, 2016 1:28 pm

    You need to make sure that a plugin is not adding these og tags after the page loads via javascript or something. Have you looked through the processed html code? if you have then I would next look at the code through the developers tools in your browser to see if it’s being added via javascript.

  • Johnson October 6th, 2016 3:13 am

    Hi, I tried this, but doesn’t seem to work for me.
    I have a post written on my website here:
    http://joreads.com/blog/v/johnson/super_full_moon
    It shows incorrect image and shows no description, although I have the og- tags in the page. In fact, the fb debugger page shows it correct, but when I share it in real time, it shows incorrect.
    The sharer url on click of share button is
    https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.joreads.com%2Fblog%2Fv%2Fjohnson%2Fsuper_full_moon%3Fby%3Dfacebook&display=popup&ref=plugin&src=like&app_id=1527114370934605
    if I remove by%3Dfacebook from this url, it again shows it correct, i.e. the below url shows it correctly
    https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.joreads.com%2Fblog%2Fv%2Fjohnson%2Fsuper_full_moon%3Fdisplay=popup&ref=plugin&src=like&app_id=1527114370934605
    The other posts on the site do work.

  • Chris Klongpayabal October 7th, 2016 11:40 am

    This looks to be an issue with how your sharing button is setup…it’s adding an additional variable that facebook doesn’t like (by=facebook). Is this hardcoded in your site or are you using a plugin?

  • Nikhil December 8th, 2016 4:55 am

    Hello Chris,
    The Facebook debugger updated the cache and now shows correct Title and Thumbnail.
    However, when I actually share it, still getting the Older Title and Thumbnail.
    Pleas Help.

  • Chris Klongpayabal December 15th, 2016 8:34 am

    That is an odd situation. If the facebook debugger is showing the correct information, then that is what should show up when you share on facebook. It’s pretty instantaneous, but have you tried in another browser?

  • Sam December 14th, 2016 9:34 pm

    Hi, I’m trying to share a page for my company’s website. However, my problem is when I share on facebook, it says “title of the page” instead of the page’s title? Do you know how I can change that? I’ve already checked the blog post preferences on Shopify.

  • Chris Klongpayabal December 15th, 2016 8:35 am

    What does is show when you run the facebook debugger? With each page you create on Shopify, there’s a place where you can set the title. That would be my guess as to how to fix that.

  • Neha January 23rd, 2017 5:35 am

    Thank you so much. It’s really work fast and easily. Thank you again.

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