I'm trying to edit some page titles and meta descriptions on a custom theme in Magento 1.4.1 (I just inherited this project and it's my first time working with Magento). I've tried in both app/design/frontend/default/default1/layout/local.xml and the theme layout xml files like layout/customer.xml. Here is my local.xml:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<layout version="0.1.0">
        <reference name="head">
            <action method="setDescription" translate="title">
                <title>This page sumarizes your shopping cart with Store Name. Use this page to checkout and place your order. Please call us at tel with any questions.</title>

        <reference name="head">
            <action method="setTitle" translate="title">
                <title>Login to your account on store.com. Once you login, you may review your account information and make changes easily. To begin, login below.</title>

        <reference name="head">
            <action method="setTitle" translate="title">
                <title>Forgot Password</title>


I've cleared and refreshed cache on the admin panel. What am I missing?

1 Answer 1


The problem is that the title properly already is set and loaded. Therefore you cannot change the title - check your php log for messages regarding setTitle errors like this:

PHP Fatal error:  Call to a member function setTitle() on boolean in .../public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Customer/Block/Form/Login.php on line 40



<title><?php echo ($this->getForcedTitle()) ? Mage::getStoreConfig('design/head/title_prefix').' '.$this->getForcedTitle().' '.Mage::getStoreConfig('design/head/title_suffix') : $this->getTitle() ?></title>

Change your setTitle updates in local.xml to setForcedTitle instead.

Use the same logic for the meta tags.

  • Just read that somewhere and seems like the way to go. I will update it and let you know! Thanks!
    – metame
    Feb 10, 2016 at 18:48
  • Hmmm. Looks like the handles I was trying to update the page title on are actually just forms, not pages... So I have to try to find the page handles for all of these things.
    – metame
    Feb 11, 2016 at 15:51
  • Don't I need to add those methods to some sort of controller or class for them to work??
    – metame
    Feb 11, 2016 at 16:02
  • for changing page titles, the provided code should be sufficient. Feb 22, 2016 at 15:12

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