‘Howdy Admin’ in WordPress–How to Change or Remove It

Howdy Admin is a default WordPress admin page that is automatically generated by WordPress. We know that there are many users who want to remove the ‘Howdy Admin’ message from their WordPress website. This is a very simple step to do. We have posted a detailed tutorial on how to change or remove this message. 

Why Change or Remove WordPress?

Howdy admin means hello administrator in WordPress. It is a part of the WordPress admin menu that displays on the admin bar. 

Howdy Admin is a default WordPress welcome page, where the admin of the site can log in and see all of the things that are happening on the website.

Reasons to change or remove ‘Howdy Admin’ in WordPress

There are a lot of reasons why you should change or remove ‘Howdy Admin’ in WordPress, such as

1) Changing the theme might interfere with the way WordPress works.

2) You don’t want to look like an admin user.

3) Howdy Admin was not developed by us.

4) This plugin has a lot of vulnerabilities that could be exploited.

5) There are better options available for this.

There are a few ways to change or remove ‘Howdy Admin’ in WordPress. In this tutorial, let’s see the most commonly used three methods

  1. Remove Howdy Admin using a plugin

      2. Change Howdy Admin using a plugin

      3. Change or Remove Howdy Admin using code

  • Remove Howdy Admin using a plugin

First and Foremost, install and activate the Admin Trim Interface plugin. Just check our tutorial on how to install plugins if you are not sure about installing them. This plugin helps you to remove the Howdy Admin from your website with ease. 

Once the plugin is activated, navigate to Appearance>>Admin Trim Interface page in your admin panel. Navigating to the Admin Trim Interface page you will be able to see a list of interface elements that can be hidden.

 

The step is so simple, you have to click the Hide “Howdy” checkbox from the list and click the Save button to make changes.

Now if you just look at the top of the screen, Howdy will be removed.

  • Change Howdy Admin using a plugin

In order to change the Howdy Admin greeting, first and foremost install and activate the Admin Customizer plugin from the WordPress repository.

The admin customizer plugin allows you to customize the appearance of the admin panel. For example, it allows you to change the color scheme and font size. Admin Customizer helps users customize their WordPress admin page by adding, editing, or removing pages or menus on the WordPress Dashboard.

Once the plugin is activated, navigate to Settings>>AS Admin Customizer page in your admin panel. In order to change the welcome greeting, click the Dashboard Section button.

Next, enter your required greeting in the ‘Update the Howdy Text’ text box and click the Save button to make changes. For example, let’s name it Welcome.

Now in your dashboard ‘Howdy’ is been changed to ‘Welcome.’

Note: The comma(,) in the dashboard after Welcome is added automatically. 

  • Change or Remove WordPress using code

Without using plugins also you can easily change or remove WordPress by just adding the custom code snippet to your themes function.php file. Experienced WordPress users can easily handle this code. 

In order to add code, you have to initially install and activate the Code Snippets plugin for your website. 

Once the plugin is activated you will be able to find menu items in your admin bar in the name Snippets. If you click on the Snippets menu you will be able to find the list of sample custom code snippets.

You have to click on the Add New button if you want to add your custom code snippet in WordPress.

Clicking on the will lead you to the ‘Add New Snippet’ page.

Just copy and paste the following code in that page’s code box and just give a title for the custom code snippet.

 

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add_filter( ‘admin_bar_menu’, ‘replace_WordPress_howdy’, 25 );

function replace_WordPress_howdy( $wp_admin_bar ) {

$my_account = $wp_admin_bar->get_node(‘my-account’);

$newtext = str_replace( ‘Howdy,’, ‘Welcome,’, $my_account->title );

$wp_admin_bar->add_node( array(

‘id’ => ‘my-account’,

‘title’ => $newtext,

) );

}

If you go through the code, you will be able to see in the 4th line ‘Welcome’ to replace ‘Howdy’.

For future reference, you can type about the replacement in the description box.

Once done click the ‘Save Changed and Activate’ button. Once your snippet is ready, ‘Howdy’ will be replaced by ‘Welcome’.

Note: If you want to change the greeting to Hello, you have to just change line 4.

Next, if you want to remove the greetings completely, just remove the word Welcome and the comma in line 4.

 

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add_filter( ‘admin_bar_menu’, ‘replace_WordPress_howdy’, 25 );

function replace_WordPress_howdy( $wp_admin_bar ) {

$my_account = $wp_admin_bar->get_node(‘my-account’);

$newtext = str_replace( ‘Howdy,’, ”, $my_account->title );

$wp_admin_bar->add_node( array(

‘id’ => ‘my-account’,

‘title’ => $newtext,

) );

}

That’s it, the greeting will be removed completely.

In the future, if you want to retain back to the Howdy greeting, you can just turn off the Howdy Admin switch on the snippets page.

In another way, you can just click the ‘Save Changes and Deactivate’ button at the bottom of the snippets page.

Conclusion

Howdy Admin is a default WordPress setting that is used as an introductory message when people first log in. As mentioned above it’s easy to change or remove ‘Howdy Admin’ in WordPress. Hope you got an idea about it. If you have any queries or suggestions please feel free to comment. Your comments are most welcome. 

 

 

 

 

 

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