How to Replace ‘Add Title’ Placeholder Text in WordPress

In WordPress, the “Add Title” placeholder text is displayed in the title field of the post and page editor. This placeholder text is useful for reminding users to add a title to their content, but sometimes you may want to customize it to fit the specific needs of your website. In this article, we will show you how to replace the “Add Title” placeholder text in WordPress using PHP code in the functions.php file.

To replace the “Add Title” placeholder text, first, open the functions.php file in your WordPress theme’s folder using a text editor. Then, add the following code to the functions.php file, replacing “Add Title” with the new placeholder text you want to use:

function replace_title_placeholder($title) {
    $screen = get_current_screen();

    if ("post" == $screen->post_type) {
        $title = "Add Title";
    }

    return $title;
}
add_filter("enter_title_here", "replace_title_placeholder");

Once you have added the code to the functions.php file, save the changes and upload it to your WordPress theme’s folder. Then, go to the Posts > Add New or Pages > Add New page in your WordPress dashboard and verify that the placeholder text has been changed to the new text.

In the code above, we have replaced the “Add Title” placeholder text for the post and page post types. However, you can also use this code to replace the placeholder text for other post types, such as custom post types. To do this, simply add additional conditions to the code, using the post type name as the condition. For example, to replace the placeholder text for the custom post type “my_post_type”, you can use the following code:

function replace_title_placeholder($title) {
    $screen = get_current_screen();

    if ("post" == $screen->post_type || "my_post_type" == $screen->post_type) {
        $title = "Add Title";
    }

    return $title;
}
add_filter("enter_title_here", "replace_title_placeholder");

In the code above, we have added an additional condition to replace the placeholder text for the custom post type “my_post_type”. You can add as many conditions as you need, using the post type names as the conditions.

In conclusion, replacing the “Add Title” placeholder text in WordPress can be a useful way to customize the post and page editor for your website. By following the steps above, you can easily replace the placeholder text using PHP code in the functions.php file. This code can be customized to replace the placeholder text for any post type in WordPress, allowing you to create a unique and tailored user experience for your website.

I hope you find this useful. Please comment if you have any questions.