Changing category label in post meta

Ok, so I'm still trying to get my head around the Framework concept. I know I'm not supposed to make changes to core files and only change things using hooks and functions as much as possible.

If I want to change the word "Category" in the post meta to "Posted in:" how would you recommend I do that in the child theme?

Hi phpadam,
Text wrapped in translated strings can be modified in the following way. Just make sure all the conditions are met.

function translate_meta( $translation, $text, $domain ) { $translations = &get_translations_for_domain( $domain ); if ( $text == 'Category' && !is_admin() ) { return $translations->translate( 'Posted in' ); } return $translation; }

add_filter( ‘gettext’, ‘translate_meta’, 10, 4 );

That’s an interesting way to do it, but what if I wanted to replace the word “Category” with an image or add an image to that line?

Would the translation support the img tag?

And the answer is yes!

I’m not sure I really have an understanding of how that translation function is working. If I wanted to do the same thing for the Archive Page Titles (which seem to be created at the top of loop-common.php) and change “Category: Category Name” to “Posted in: Category name”, how would I create another function. Maybe that will help me understand.

The gettext filter is used to translate strings in WordPress. So any string wrapped in __( ), _e(), _x() …etc could be translated.

Now if you have a look at the text you want to change here, it is wrapped in this way -> __( ‘Category: %s’, ‘rtPanel’ )
%s here being variable. So the code you are looking for would be.

function translate_meta( $translation, $text, $domain ) { $translations = &get_translations_for_domain( $domain ); if ( $text == 'Category: %s' && !is_admin() ) { return $translations->translate( 'Posted in %s' ); } return $translation; }

Thanks for the clarity Joshua!

So ANYPLACE in the site (not just in the post meta) where the text created by ‘Category: %s’ appears would be translated to ‘Posted in %s’ (as long as its wrapped in __( ), _e(), _x() …etc)?

This works fine in this case, but I’m not sure it’s a great overall solution because the alteration might only be required on a certain page or in a certain location, and not in EVERY place the word or phrase is generated (e.g. I don’t think it can’t be restricted to a TOP post meta section ONLY.)

Is the ‘!is_admin’ restriction included just so it only appears to non-admin users?

Since you are using a conditional to restrict to non-admins, I assumed you could add other conditionals to restrict the altered translation to certain pages or post categories. So I modified the function to include the translations for BOTH the Post Meta and the Category Title (but ONLY if the category title was on a certain Category display). And this works great:

// Change some translations

function translate_meta( $translation, $text, $domain ) {
$translations = &get_translations_for_domain( $domain );

// change 1 - Changes Category to Posted in - for post meta
if ( $text == ‘Category’ && !is_admin() ) {
return $translations->translate( ‘Posted in’ );
//end change 1

// change 2 - Changes Category to Whoo Hoo! for Category Titles ONLY if category is my-category
if ( is_category(‘my-category’) && $text == ‘Category: %s’ && !is_admin() ) {
return $translations->translate( ‘Whoo Hoo! %s’ );
//end change 2

return $translation;

add_filter( ‘gettext’, ‘translate_meta’, 10, 4 );

I’m posting it for your opinion and to flesh out the thread. Thanks again for all your help.

The !is_admin() was just to make sure similar text on the admin panel does not get replaced ( just a minor precaution ). You can play around with the translations by supplying different conditions. But I don’t think any of the strings wrapped in the translation functions have the same text. So it shouldn’t be much of an issue in rtPanel atleast.