How to Change or Remove Howdy Admin in WordPress

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Have you ever seen the words ‘Howdy’ displayed on the WordPress dashboard after you login?

Doesn’t that sound strange, have you ever known someone who said that word? I do not think so. If you don’t like the word, maybe you can change it to a word that is commonly used.

In this article, we will show you how to change or remove ‘Howdy’ in WordPress admin.

Reasons to Change Howdy in WordPress

Howdy which means ‘How do you do’, is a word that is displayed every time you log in to the WordPress dashboard, and is always followed by a username such as ‘Howdy, admin’.

Display howdy in dashboard WordPress

You can change the word to a more familiar word such as, Welcome, Hello, or Hey. If you want to delete it, you can only display the username.

There are several ways that can be done to change or remove this ‘Howdy’, and we start from the easiest, which is using the help of a plugin.

Method 1: Using the Admin Trim Interface Plugin

First, you need to install and activate the Admin Trim Interface plugin which can be downloaded directly from the WordPress dashboard. For more details, you can check out our article on how to install a WordPress plugin.

This Admin Trim Interface plugin can be used to remove unnecessary features from the WordPress admin area, including the ‘Howdy’ we’re discussing today.

After the plugin is activated, go to the Appearance > Admin Trim Interface page. Now you will see a list of 10 elements that can be hidden using this plugin.

Admin Trim Interface Settings

Then all you have to do in order to hide howdy is check point number 4. Hide “Howdy”?, then click Save Changes to save.

Select hide howdy

After the automatic refresh, you will see that the word ‘Howdy’ has been removed.

howdy has been deleted

Method 2: Using the Admin Customizer Plugin

For the second method, you need to install and activate the Admin Customizer plugin from AndolaSoft. For more details, you can check out our article on how to install a WordPress plugin.

The Admin Customizer allows you to customize the WordPress login page and admin area, including changing the word Howdy to something else.

After you activate the plugin, go to Settings > AS Admin Customizer page. To change Howdy’s appearance, click on the Dashboard Section.

AS Admin Customizer page

Next, type the word you want to use in the field next to ‘Update the Howdy Text’ and click Save Changes when you’re done.

Enter the word you want to display

Info: You don’t need to add a comma at the end of a word.

Now, see if Howdy text has changed to Welcome.

Howdy has changed

Method 3: Change or Remove Howdy Using Code

You can also modify and remove ‘Howdy’ without using a plugin, by adding the code into the theme funchions.php file.

If you’re still not used to editing directly from cPanel, you can paste code using the Code Snippets plugin, but you’ll need to install it first. For more details, you can check out our guide on how to add custom code in WordPress.

Upon activation, the plugin will add a new menu item named Snippets on the left panel. When clicked, you will see a sample list of code snippets.

To create a new custom code, click the Add New button at the top.

Create a new code snippet

After showing a new page to create a code snippet. You can enter a title for the code snippet you want to create. Then, copy and paste the code below into the code field.

Replace Howdy with Welcome

Notice that line 4 has the words ‘Howdy’ and ‘Welcome’. Replace Welcome with whatever you want.

You can also add a short description of this code snippet. Make sure the description is clear, so you can easily understand it in the future.

Add description for custom code

You can also add tags, to help sort code snippets by topic and functionality.

If so, you can click the Save Changes and Activate button. After the page is reloaded, ‘Howdy’ will change to ‘Welcome’.

Change Howdy has been successful

To use a different word, replace ‘Welcome’ on line 4 with something else. If you don’t want to display anything, remove the word ‘Welcome’ and the comma so that there is nothing in between without the quotes on line 4. The code will be like this:

If you want to restore Howdy, simply turn off the toggle on the All Snippets page.

Turn off snippets

That’s how to change and remove Howdy in the WordPress admin area. You can use the easiest way you can, whether using a plugin or not.

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