How can I change certain Text Strings?

If particularly words or a certain text string doesn’t suit your view, you can change them by using a small plugin called Say What?

This plugin takes advantage of the fact that strings are translatable and use the translation mechanism to force strings to change to whatever text you want. Let me give you an example.

An example of changing a string

Let’s say you want to change the “Or browse the highlights” text from the home page hero section to something like “We think these will interest you”.

Step 1 — Install and activate Say What?

Install and activate the Say What? plugin from Appearance → Plugins.

Go to Tools → Text Changes → Add New. Here you will be presented with the following fields:

  • Original string
  • Text domain
  • Text content (we will ignore this)
  • Replacement String

Step 2 — Add the Original string

Type in the text you wish to change in the Original string field, exactly as it is on your website (text case is important). Sometimes certain strings might be made uppercase using CSS. You need to use the original text (use the page source or Inspector to find it).

Step 3 — Add the Text Domain

In the Text domain field, you will generally need to enter listable (this is used by all the strings in the theme files). For other strings provided by plugins you will need to find out their text domain (read this article for more details).

Step 4 — Add the Replacement string

Skip the Text Content and type in your new version of the text in the Replacement string field.

Sticking to our example, you should end up with something like this:


Updated on August 25, 2020

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