WordPress: Rename the default “Posts” to “News” or something else

A little lesson in Client love

I’m a huge advocate for “Client Centric UX”. What I mean by that is focusing as much on the client’s user experience as we do on their target market’s user experience. Having a simple to use WordPress admin goes right along with this concept. Not everyone is familiar with WordPress…shocking, I know. Furthermore, there are a lot of people who are fairly tech-savvy but have no concept of what a “blog” does or what a “post” is.

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For this reason, I almost always rename the default “post” post type to something else. Why would I leave my client a menu item that says “Posts” when they are adding news updates, or portfolio items? When labels are not intuitive, they cause confusion…which in turn can lead to a slower learning curve for your poor, poor clients. Really, for your poor, poor self…because you know who they are going to call for instruction.

Note: I’m a huge fan of custom post types, but sometimes those aren’t even necessary. If you are only needing one type of post, just rename what you already have setup with this simple code.


Changing the “Posts” menu label involves changing the menu item itself, as well as the post object labels. In the example below we are changing “Posts” to “News”. You can, of course, change “Posts” to anything you want…just replace every instance of “News” in the code below with your desired label. All you need to do is paste this into your theme’s functions.php file.

function revcon_change_post_label() {
	global $menu;
	global $submenu;
	$menu[5][0] = 'News';
	$submenu['edit.php'][5][0] = 'News';
	$submenu['edit.php'][10][0] = 'Add News';
	$submenu['edit.php'][16][0] = 'News Tags';
function revcon_change_post_object() {
	global $wp_post_types;
	$labels = &$wp_post_types['post']->labels;
	$labels->name = 'News';
	$labels->singular_name = 'News';
	$labels->add_new = 'Add News';
	$labels->add_new_item = 'Add News';
	$labels->edit_item = 'Edit News';
	$labels->new_item = 'News';
	$labels->view_item = 'View News';
	$labels->search_items = 'Search News';
	$labels->not_found = 'No News found';
	$labels->not_found_in_trash = 'No News found in Trash';
    $labels->all_items = 'All News';
    $labels->menu_name = 'News';
    $labels->name_admin_bar = 'News';

add_action( 'admin_menu', 'revcon_change_post_label' );
add_action( 'init', 'revcon_change_post_object' );


Best practice would be to paste the above code into a functionality plugin so this travels with you no matter what theme you are using (this of course depends on the situation and the client/user). To learn more about functionality plugins, there is a good article by Justin Tadlock and also another over at WPCandy.


  1. Thanks for this tutorial, helped me a lot! In addition, if you want to change the menu icon you need to add this line of code:
    $menu[5][6] = ‘dashicons-welcome-widgets-menus’;

  2. Anton Theunissen

    Thank you!

  3. Edwin


    How to change the permalink /blog/ to /news/ or somethings else?

    Thank a lot

    • Chris Perryman

      You should be able to follow the instruction here. Just use “news” or whatever you want. However, please note that this could have an affect on custom post types that are not setup to use ‘with_front’ => false. So for explanation on that please see this question on StackExcange: What is the “with_front” rewrite key?

  4. Hey,

    That was quick and very useful. :)
    I thought I would have to download some plugin just to rename “Posts” to “Annoucements”.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Chris Perryman

      You can go that route too ;) Best to avoid a bunch of plugins whenever possible IMO!

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