My Capitalize Titles and Headers Saga. I Did Not Always Know Which Words to Always Capitalize. Here’s My Three Solutions.
When I write an article, I capitalize different words. Of course, I find sentences the easiest to capitalize. I automatically type in the capital letters as needed in a sentence. However I find that capitalizing titles and headers is less easy.
Recently I learned there are a number of different styles. Each style has its own set of rules. I also discovered these styles are well known, well established and highly respected. I wanted to see sample titles using these different styles. Then I could see similarities as well as differences. I selected two sample titles.
Different Capitalization Styles with Sample Title Phrases
|Capitalization Style||“How I Learnt How To Play The Piano And The Recorder” Title Capitalized||“Make The Right Choice For You And Your Loved Ones” Title Capitalized|
|APA (American Psychological Association)||How I Learnt How to Play the Piano and the Recorder||Make the Right Choice for You and Your Loved Ones|
|Chicago Manual of Style||How I Learnt How to Play the Piano and the Recorder||Make the Right Choice for You and Your Loved Ones|
|AP (Associated Press)||How I Learnt How To Play the Piano and the Recorder||Make the Right Choice for You and Your Loved Ones|
|MLA (Modern Language Association of America)||How I Learnt How to Play the Piano and the Recorder||Make the Right Choice for You and Your Loved Ones|
|NY Times||How I Learnt How To Play the Piano and the Recorder||Make the Right Choice for You and Your Loved Ones|
|Wikipedia||How I Learnt How To Play the Piano and the Recorder||Make the Right Choice for You and Your Loved Ones|
|How I Learnt How To Play the Piano and the Recorder||Make the Right Choice for You and Your Loved Ones|
As you can see, each of these particular capitalization styles do not capitalize the word “and” in these cases. In contrast, these styles treat the word “to” differently. Furthermore, you see that all of the capitalization styles for the second sample capitalize exactly the same words.
Use a Correct Capitalization Style at the Right Time
I wrote this post mainly for bloggers, affiliates and authors writing articles for their own websites. Of course, others may also find it useful.
I am a blogger and an affiliate that writes for a few websites like this one. As such, I ruled out selecting one of the more formal scholarly styles. One of these formal scholarly styles is the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Another is the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) style.
Now when I am writing new posts for my websites, I follow the Chicago style. This is one of the general newspaper styles. Another one is the Associated Press (AP) style. Yet another one is the New York Times (NY Times) style.
How I Decided Which Capitalization Style to Follow in Future
Once you are aware of the different styles, you may want to consider using one of the appropriate capitalization styles for your website. A good style for a very formal academic paper will most likely not be a good choice for a general newspaper article. Whereas a good style for a general newspaper article may be a good choice for a website. Of course, a website aimed for academics may opt to use one of the more scholarly styles.
I did not want to select one of the more formal scholarly styles. I felt that the style it should follow should be one of the general newspaper styles. That ruled in the capitalization styles of Chicago, AP and NY Times. Chicago is used a lot and highly respected. So, I went Chicago.
However when I manually type in my phase, capitalizing the appropriate words or not, I was not always sure I was right. I have yet to find a source that provides easy to follow in all cases rules. I also learnt that the rules themselves change over time.
Brilliant Online Tool to Capitalize Titles and Headers
Some months back I came across a brilliant online tool at a website. Now when I want to capitalize my titles and my headers I jump over to this website.
I change the style to Chicago, type to Title Case as I want to capitalize a title or header. Then I use copy and paste to input the phrase to be processed.
The tool then displays the processed title capitalized. Then I use copy and paste to copy that over to my post. Pretty easy.
Introducing a WordPress Plugin That Automates This Whole Process to a Whole New Level
This is a manual way to do this. It works. I have been following this approach for a while now. It is also time consuming when compared to using their WordPress Plugin that automates this whole process to a whole new level.
A bit like comparing the difference between walking or using a bicycle or using a high powered sports car.
Capitalize Titles and Headers: Option One
Option one is my Walking comparison. You need to know the rules. One way to learn the rules is to read related books. I have put together a short list of books available at Amazon that explain in more detail a number of popular header styles. These rules change over time.
You type in the capital letters when required when working on your article. Furthermore, this can involve you looking up the rules in order to be sure that you have done the correct capitalization. With some phrases you could find yourself second guessing yourself. Different online forums have varying and sometimes conflicting directions. Good luck deciding which one is correct.
I find this approach to be very time consuming especially when I want to follow the guidelines to a tee. Hint, I no longer follow the guidelines to a tee in all cases. I would get nothing done if I did.
Capitalize Titles and Headers: Option Two
Option two is my Using a bicycle comparison.
You manually edit your WordPress Post in one browser session and on another browser session you are at a specific website where a special tool is available.
You configure the tool for the applicable supported capitalization style and specify that you require the title case.
Then you use copy and paste to bring in the phrase that requires capitalization.
The tool displays the capitalized phrase. You then use copy and paste to bring in the capitalized phrase into your WordPress post.
I find that although this approach is time consuming, it is less time consuming than option one. You know that the capitalized phrase is most likely correct.
This allows you to simply move on with editing the rest of the WordPress post.
Capitalize Titles and Headers: Option Three
Option three is my Using a high powered sports car comparison.
This is where you have obtained, downloaded, activated and licensed the WordPress Plugin.
You have specified which supported capitalization styles and sub-styles for your WordPress headers. You can specify different values. In my opinion, they should be similar. However this tool gives you this flexibility.
Then you edit a WordPress post/page. This plugin supplies the header phrases converted to its capitalized state which you can accept or reject.
If you have a number of WordPress pages and posts that need capitalization to be applied quickly and consistently for titles and headers, this WordPress Plugin may be a great fit for you.