Have you logged into your wordpress account lately and noticed that lovely “Howdy” greeting message near your name at the top of your admin page?  Have you ever wanted to change the default wordpress greeting message to something a little more exotic or personal?  This can be changed with a simple edit to one file in your wordpress directory and I’ll show you how.

  • First, open your FTP program and login to the account where you want to change the message.
  • Navigate your way to your wp-admin folder and inside you will find a file called admin-header.php
  • Now you’re going to open the file using your favorite text editor, not MS word but a good one like Notepad++ and you’re going to find line #108 which reads “<p><?php printf(__(‘Howdy, <a href=”%1$s” title=”Edit your profile”>%2$s</a>’), ‘profile.php’, $user_identity) ?>

Now all you have to do is change the “Howdy” to read something more exotic like bon jour, or buenos dias.  Or maybe leave a message for one of your authors like “post more!”  Just remember that this will change the message for anyone that signs into your blog whether they are an admin or an author.

And there you have it, you’ve given your admin page a little personal touch and you won’t have to see the ugly wordpress “Howdy” greeting again.