Can you dynamically set a page title to selectively overide a pages normal title

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This question has been asked twice before but unfortunately has gone unanswered.I'm guessing thats because it may not be possible but it'd be nice to know either way.

I would like to overide a pages title with a dynamic title. I'm trying to get my search pages to output in the format "SITE_NAME :: SEARCH_QUERY" as they are being indexed by Google but all currently have the same name.

I tried setting $pageTitle in my head right before the call to header_required but it looks the variable is being overwritten somewhere.

Is there any way this can be achieved without changing header_required. I'm reluctant to overide core files as I didn't want to update the files with every core update.


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pvernaglia replied on at Permalink Reply
Just thinking out loud here, maybe in a page controller you could set $pageTitle or use a $this->addHeaderItem($string), It would be nice to find a way to do this.
mkly replied on at Permalink Reply
It actually overrides $pageTitle with the 'meta_title' page attribute it it exists
This might be what's slipping you up.
/concrete/elements/header_required.php line 20 something ish
// all this stuff is after $pageTitle gets created with
// $pageTitle = (!$pageTitle) ? $c->getCollectionName() : $pageTitle;
$akt = $c->getCollectionAttributeValue('meta_title'); 
$akd = $c->getCollectionAttributeValue('meta_description');
$akk = $c->getCollectionAttributeValue('meta_keywords');
if ($akt) { 
  $pageTitle = $akt; 
  ?><title><?php  echo htmlspecialchars($akt, ENT_COMPAT, APP_CHARSET)?></title>
<?php  } else { 
  $pageTitle = htmlspecialchars($pageTitle, ENT_COMPAT, APP_CHARSET);
  ?><title><?php  echo sprintf(PAGE_TITLE_FORMAT, SITE, $pageTitle)?></title>
<?php  } 

That may be where you are running into trouble. You can get aggressive in your template header.php and pull something like this
$global $c;
//not sure if you need this
$collection_attribute_key = CollectionAttributeKey::getByHandle('meta_title');
$c->setAttribute($collection_attribute_key, 'My New Title');

before header_required but that would permanently set that value everytime which feels pretty crude.

Other than that you would either have to
1. Make sure no one adds a meta_title(You can even delete it if you want to go all out)
2. Create your own /elements/header_required.php called like google_title_header_required.php
3. Create a new meta_title called like special_meta_title, name it like the old one and then set $pageTitle before header_required.php and account for the google check first.

Number 1 would probably be what I would do.
mkly replied on at Permalink Best Answer Reply
Oh I forgot. Are you passing $pageTitle with header_required?

You might need to do something like this
<?php Loader::element('header_required', array('pageTitle' => 'My Fancy Page Title')); ?>

You might already know that though. Loader::element runs extract() on the array passed in the second argument.

EDIT: Oops the array. Fixed.
digirunt replied on at Permalink Reply
Wow thats great, a really simple fix. I wasn't aware loader didn't work like a normal include.

I just added...

$pageTitle = (isset($_REQUEST['query'])) ? $_REQUEST['query']." Search Results" : '' ;
Loader::element('header_required', array('pageTitle' => $pageTitle));

and my search pages are now titled "SITE_NAME :: SEARCH_QUERY Search Results"

This should help my Google search listing look a lot more relavent.