We are using Google Translate to automatically translate our website but we want to exclude products in a certain category. We already accomplished that for some products by placing the <span class="notranslate">Span</span> tag manually in the product descriptions and in the respective template files but now we want to do that for a larger quantity of products so we think using a hook would be a better way.

I want to achieve something like follows but I don't know how to correctly insert the NoTranslate span only for the product description:

add_action( 'wp', 'disable_translation' );
function disable_translation() {
    // If a product in the 'Cookware' category is being viewed...
    if ( is_product() && has_term( 'Cookware', 'product_cat' ) ) {
        //... Wrap the product description into notranslate span to disable the translation
        <span class="notranslate">???????????????????</span>

Another way to do this probably is by editing the description.php in wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/single-product/tabs as follows:

<?php if ( has_term( 'Cookware', 'product_cat' ) )  {
    echo "<span class='notranslate'>";
    else {
        echo "<span>";
    } ?>
        <?php the_content(); ?>
    echo "</span>";
<?php endif; ?>

But unfortunately this resulted in the following error:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘endif’ (T_ENDIF), expecting end of file in /wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/single-product/tabs/description.php on line 41

Have I misspelled something?

Could anybody kindly tell me how to do this? Thanks a lot!

1 Answer 1


There's a couple of ways to do it, you can edit the template file \woocommerce\templates\single-product\title.php directly and change your title format there. Otherwise, you can remove the WordPress hook in your functions.php file and add your own to override it which I borrowed from this answer

    remove_action( 'woocommerce_single_product_summary','woocommerce_template_single_title', 5 );
    add_action( 'woocommerce_single_product_summary', 'modify_woocommerce_template_single_title',5 );

    function modify_woocommerce_template_single_title() {
        if ( has_term( 'Cookware', 'product_cat' ) ) {
    <h1 class="product_title entry-title"><span class="notranslate"><?php the_title(); ?></span></h1>
        else {
            ?><h1 class="product_title entry-title"><?php the_title(); ?></h1><?php

This will only change the single product page titles. The shop page will keep the normal product titles as it uses a different hook but you can apply the same principles are remove the hook woocommerce_shop_loop_item_title and override the function woocommerce_template_loop_product_title

  • Thanks a lot for the detailed answer! Much appreciated. We are looking to edit the product description though, is there also a similar way to do this for the description? Nov 12, 2017 at 14:28
  • It depends what description you want to change, there's a filter you can hook into to modify the short description called 'woocommerce_short_description' Nov 12, 2017 at 15:20

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