How To Replace Words in the WordPress Admin

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Are you looking for a way to replace words in WordPress admin? This snippet uses the gettext and ngetext filters to replace an array of words in the WordPress admin.


  1. Add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.
  2. Edit the $words array. Add the words you want to replace to the keys and the replacement text to the keys’ values.
add_filter(  'gettext',  'wps_translate_words_array'  );
add_filter(  'ngettext',  'wps_translate_words_array'  );
function wps_translate_words_array( $translated ) {

     $words = array(
			// 'word to translate' = > 'translation'
			'Posts' => 'Article',
			'Post' => 'Articles',
			'Pages' => 'Stuffing',
			'Media' => 'Upload Images',
			'Links' => 'Blog Roll',

     $translated = str_ireplace(  array_keys($words),  $words,  $translated );
     return $translated;

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  1. Perfect! The only place it didn’t change was the left-hand dashboard navigation menu. However, I found another article (from another site) that fixes that issue. Thank you!

  2. it didnt work for me

    1. Hi Andrew,
      Which file did you paste the code into?

  3. Thanks for sharing the tips. Simple yet powerful. Wonder will it clash with the custom plugin. but will try this out.

  4. Also besides from wanting to change 7308064.jpg as post title to anpther words can you please help on telling me how to show images while in edit post mode,
    Note i am a newbie but would like to learn

  5. Hi
    Thanks for the great trick wondering if could shed light on the below

    what if i have 7308064.jpg as title how do i go about replacing this to whatever i want

    can i add a shortened link followed by some keywords.

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  7. Wow! i didn’t about this before. sometimes for certain scenarios it would be great to rename some WP items, like you did to Posts -> Articles.
    Keep up the great work 😉

    1. Hi Wesam, glad you like the snippet, great if you have a few things within the wordpress admin you want to change. Enjoy the wpsnipp 🙂

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