Change publish metabox text for custom post type

Adding this snippet to the functions.php of your wordpress theme will let you change the text within the Publish metabox for a specific custom post type. This sample is setup for an event custom post type but could be changed to anything you like.

Code Snippet:

function wps_translation_mangler($translation, $text, $domain) {
global $post;
if ($post->post_type == 'events') {

$translations = &get_translations_for_domain( $domain);
if ( $text == 'Scheduled for: <b>%1$s</b>') {
return $translations->translate( 'Event Date: <b>%1$s</b>' );
if ( $text == 'Published on: <b>%1$s</b>') {
return $translations->translate( 'Event Date: <b>%1$s</b>' );
if ( $text == 'Publish <b>immediately</b>') {
return $translations->translate( 'Event Date: <b>%1$s</b>' );

return $translation;

add_filter('gettext', 'wps_translation_mangler', 10, 4);

Comments  Leave a Reply

  1. thanks a lot

  2. Thanks, very helpful!  So many others were tossing out terrible hacks.  Appreciate it!

    1.  no problem Dave glad this snippet did the trick!

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