Change ‘Howdy’ greeting in WordPress

by Mike King

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Woody from Toy Story (courtesy of google images)

Being born & raised in Texas, I’m quite welcome to an old-style country greeting myself. Needless to say, I prefer to give my clients a bit more personal greeting when they log in to their WordPress admins.

There are plenty of plugins for changing the howdy greeting in WordPress, but here is a quick & simple solution that you can add to your functions.php to change the greeting as well.

* Custom Greeting
function custom_howdy( $text ) {

    $greeting = 'Aloha';

    if ( is_admin() ) {
        $text = str_replace( 'Howdy', $greeting, $text );

    return $text;

add_filter( 'gettext', 'custom_howdy' );

Just change the value of the $greeting variable to whatever you want and you should be good to go.

The Watercooler

  1. Istvan

    Use “is_user_logged_in()” instead of “is_admin()” if you want to replace it in th frontend aswell.

  2. Jeff Jones

    // Change or remove the “Howdy, Username” Greeting on the Menu bar

    function replace_howdy( $wp_admin_bar ) {
    $newtitle = str_replace( ‘Howdy,’, ‘Hello, welcome back!’, $my_account->title );
    $wp_admin_bar->add_node( array(
    ‘id’ => ‘my-account’,
    ‘title’ => $newtitle,
    ) );
    add_filter( ‘admin_bar_menu’, ‘replace_howdy’,25 );
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