Change Publish Metabox Text for Custom Post Type

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Are you looking for a way to change the text of published metabox for specific custom post type? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to change publish metabox text for custom post type.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

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);

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 62 best free WordPress blog themes and how to create stunning WordPress optin forms.

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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