Do you want to change or remove the ‘Howdy’ greeting in the WordPress admin bar?
Many people never use the word “howdy” in real life. You might like to change it to a greeting that sounds more familiar.
In this article, we’ll show you how to change or remove ‘Howdy Admin’ with 3 easy solutions.
Why Change or Remove ‘Howdy Admin’?
For example, if John Smith logged in, then he’d see the words ‘Howdy, John Smith’ near the top right of the screen.
That greeting might not sound natural to some users. ‘Howdy’ is short for ‘How do you do?’, but many English speakers never use the word. It may sound out of place, outdated, or even a bit annoying.
Luckily, you can change the greeting to something that sounds more familiar, like Welcome, Hello, Hey, or Hi. You can also leave it out entirely, so you’ll just see the user’s display name.
Changing or removing ‘Howdy Admin’ is very simple, so you can either watch the video below or scroll down if you prefer written instructions.
Change or Remove ‘Howdy Admin’ Using WPCode (Recommended)
You can change or remove ‘Howdy Admin’ without using a plugin by adding a custom code snippet to your theme’s functions.php file.
We don’t recommend editing your theme’s PHP files to inexperienced users, because even a small mistake could break your website.
To make sure that doesn’t happen, you can use WPCode to change or remove ‘Howdy Admin’ from your site. Not only is WPCode the most powerful code snippet plugin available for WordPress, but it also comes with a huge library of pre-made code snippets.
Upon activation, you just need to head to Code Snippets » Library and type ‘howdy’ into the search bar. A pre-made code snippet called ‘Change Howdy Admin in Admin Bar’ will appear as a result.
Simply hover over the snippet and click on ‘Use snippet’ to add it to your site.
You will then be taken to the ‘Edit Snippet’ page. Because you’re using a code snippet from the WPCode library, all of the options and settings are filled out for you.
All you need to do is click the toggle to ‘Active’ and then press the ‘Update’ button. You’ll immediately see a change in the upper-right of the screen where the ‘Howdy Admin’ has changed to ‘Welcome Admin.’
To customize the greeting, simply change word in single quotes from ‘Howdy’ to whatever you want it to say. For example, you can change
$new_howdy = 'Welcome,'; to
$new_howdy = 'Hi there,'; to change the message to “Hi there, Admin.”
You can also choose to remove the greeting entirely, which will only show the username in the corner. To do this, delete everything between the single quotes so the line simply reads
$new_howdy = '';.
If you’d like to return to the ‘Howdy’ greeting, then just toggle the switch back to ‘Inactive’ and click ‘Update’ once again.
We hope this article helped you learn how to customize the greeting in the WordPress backend. Next, see our guide on how to choose the best WordPress hosting, or check out our list of must-have WordPress plugins to grow your website.