This article is based on a blog post of mine at SearchEngineJournal.com from May 2007.
Interesting about titles in the English language is also the fact that they follow different capitalization rules for the words used in the title compared to the capitalization rules of regular content.
A simplified but wrong rule is to capitalize every single word in the title. It does look awkward in most cases, independent of the fact that it is just wrong to do it that way.
Using gut feeling is one way a lot of people do it, but following the specific rules that state which word needs to be capitalized and which word does not is probably a better way of doing it.
Most people probably heart about these rules and had them as subject at one point in time at school. The people who had it in school can consider this information a “refresher”, especially if it has been a while since you learned it.
Subordinating conjunctions, also called subordinators, are conjunctions that introduce a dependent clause; English examples include after, although, if, unless, and because. Another way for remembering is the mnemonic "BISAWAWE": "because", "if", "so that", "after", "when", "although", "while", and "even though".
There are always border line cases so I would not worry about it too much, but it helps with the decision if or if not a word in the title should be capitalized if your guts took time off right at the time when you are finalizing a great post or article for your blog or website.
Articles: a, an, the
Conjunctions: and, but, or, so, after, before, when, while, since, until, although, even if, because, both...and, either...or, neither...nor, not only...but also
Prepositions: aboard, about, above, absent, across, after, against, along, alongside, amid, amidst, among, amongst, around, as, aslant, astride, at, atop, barring, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, besides, between, beyond, but, by, despite, down, during, except, failing, following, for, from, in, inside, into, like, merry, mid, minus, near, next, notwithstanding, of, off, on, onto, opposite, outside, over, past, plus, regarding, round, save, since, than, through, throughout, till, times, to, toward, towards, under, underneath, unlike, until, up, upon, via, with, within, without
Prepositions; Two words: according to, ahead of, as to, aside from, because of, close to, due to, far from, in to, inside of, instead of, near to, next to, on to, out of, outside of, owing to, prior to, subsequent to
Prepositions; Three words: as far as, as well as, by means of, in accordance with, in addition to, in front of, in place of, in spite of, on account of, on behalf of, on top of, with regard to, in case of
Prepositions; Archaic or infrequently used: anti, betwixt, circa, cum, in lieu of, per, qua, sans, unto, versus, vis-a-vis
Prepositions; Not fully grammaticalized: concerning, considering, regarding
Prepositions; Preposition-like modifiers of quantified noun phrases: apart from, but, except, plus, save
Prepositions; Postpositions: ago, apart, aside, away, hence, notwithstanding, on, through, withal
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