My client has a Law Firm, and he is asking if we can change the term CATEGORIES to JURISDICTION. (I tried to explain that he could create a new category called "jurisdiction", but that is not an option)

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Use taxonomy_labels_category filter (documented here: https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/hooks/taxonomy_labels_taxonomy/) in order to change any of the labels that you need changed.

Here's what works for me:

add_filter( 'taxonomy_labels_category', 'filter_category_labels' );
function filter_category_labels( $labels ) {
    $labels->menu_name = 'Jurisdiction';
    return $labels;

You will have to change quite a few other values in the $labels object though.

Here's a full list of the properties of the object:

  • name
  • singular_name
  • search_items
  • popular_items
  • all_items
  • parent_item
  • parent_item_colon
  • edit_item
  • view_item
  • update_item
  • add_new_item
  • new_item_name
  • separate_items_with_commas
  • add_or_remove_items
  • choose_from_most_used
  • not_found
  • no_terms
  • items_list_navigation
  • items_lists
  • most_used
  • back_to_items
  • menu_name
  • name_admin_bar

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