I have a custom post type that uses an alternative comments template. I modified the comments template for my custom post type to function like a five star review system.

Is there a way I can change the "Allow comments" on the edit screen for my custom post type to read "Allow reviews"?

screenshot of edit screen for custom post type

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You can fire filter hook gettext ( example available too ) to change default text Allow comments. in admin edit screen. Here another sample function:

add_filter( 'gettext','wpse221235_change_admin_cpt_text_filter', 1, 3 );
function wpse221235_change_admin_cpt_text_filter( $translated_text, $text, $domain )
    global $typenow;

    if ( is_admin() && 'Allow comments.' == $text && 'your-post-type' == $typenow )
        $translated_text = __( 'Allow reviews.', 'text_domain' );

    return $translated_text;

Of course, thanks @Sumit for point out, those sample just give the OP the direction, the same approach with WordPress example. If we need a more generic approach, please visit @toscho answer, there are a lot of discussion about it, and we can figure out the good approach to change text translation.

  • I think is_admin() and $typenow should be checked before adding the action! This filter will be active everywhere now!
    – Sumit
    Commented Mar 21, 2016 at 6:06
  • @paul-coppock you're welcome. Good luck with your project.
    – Jevuska
    Commented Mar 21, 2016 at 12:41

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