Remove Private/Protected from Post Titles

For the functions.php file in your theme:

function the_title_trim($title) {

	$title = attribute_escape($title);

	$findthese = array(

	$replacewith = array(
		'', // What to replace "Protected:" with
		'' // What to replace "Private:" with

	$title = preg_replace($findthese, $replacewith, $title);
	return $title;
add_filter('the_title', 'the_title_trim');


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    Or you do it like that:

    function title_format($content) {
    return '%s';
    add_filter('private_title_format', 'title_format');
    add_filter('protected_title_format', 'title_format');

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      in wordpress 4.0 the first php code did not work, instead the second one worked! thanks man…

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      Perfect – exactly what I was looking for

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      Although I don’t understand php this works perfectly, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks

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    Thank you so much! This was bothering me on a client site I am developing.

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    That’ perfect. Very clean and simple and, most importantly, worked like a charm!

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    WordPress 3.3: incorrect.

    There is no such function in functions.php.

    Instead, go to post-template.php and in the function called get_the_title() change this line:

    $protected_title_format = apply_filters('protected_title_format', __('Protected: %s'));

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    Works great thanks!
    [Wordpress 3.3.2]

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    You can also use the WordPress Helpers plugin.

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      How do you use the WordPress Helpers plugin to accomplish this? Can you give more detail?

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      I installed the set of plugins for the Helper and was really glad to have done so. It solved a few problems, not all of them but- some of them. You have to first install Piklist, then follow that with Helpers. Piklist is in the plugins menu and the Helpers is under Available Tools. You only have to use Helpers to accomplish the edits and such that are available. Easy, and a video to help explain it (sell it- though it is free).

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    This didn’t work with Buddypress on my page.

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    I just wrote a plugin for this too at

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    using a filter is always the best solution.
    Any seasoned developer would disagree on using a regular expression on such a simple thing.

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    Thanks a lot from Morocco

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    If you receive this error “attribute_escape is deprecated since version 2.8! Use esc_attr() instead”, just literally change “attribute_escape” to “esc_attr()”.

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    Just tried this in WP 4.4.2 and it worked perfectly. Thank you!

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    From wordpress Codex:

    /* Removing private prefix from post titles */

    function spi_remove_private_protected_from_titles( $format ) {
    return '%s';
    add_filter( 'private_title_format', 'spi_remove_private_protected_from_titles' );

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    Thanks :)

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    Works like a charm. Absolutely beautiful. My Thanks! ^^

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