How to Change the WordPress “Howdy” Message to a Custom Welcome

How to Change the WordPress “Howdy” Message to a Custom Welcome

Here’s a fun tip I found over at the WordPress StackExchange the other day. It’s a quick function that allows you to change the “Howdy” message that you usually see when you’re logged into the WordPress dashboard.

I’ve used it to create my own custom message:

Add this to your theme’s functions.php file and customize the message:

add_filter('gettext', 'change_howdy', 10, 3);
function change_howdy($translated, $text, $domain) {
if (!is_admin() || 'default' != $domain)
return $translated;
if (false !== strpos($translated, 'Howdy'))
return str_replace('Howdy', 'Welcome', $translated);
return $translated;

Replace the ‘Welcome’ with any custom greeting you like.

Click save and refresh your dashboard to see the instant changes.

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