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');


  1. Konstantin
    Permalink to comment#

    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');

    • Ramses
      Permalink to comment#

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

    • Sue
      Permalink to comment#

      Perfect – exactly what I was looking for

    • Ray
      Permalink to comment#

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

  2. Anything Graphic
    Permalink to comment#

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

  3. Imfromio
    Permalink to comment#

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

  4. Moshe
    Permalink to comment#

    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'));

  5. Gina

    Works great thanks!
    [Wordpress 3.3.2]

  6. Steve
    Permalink to comment#

    You can also use the WordPress Helpers plugin.

    • Errol
      Permalink to comment#

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

    • Chantilly
      Permalink to comment#

      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).


    This didn’t work with Buddypress on my page.


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  9. Aubrey
    Permalink to comment#

    I just wrote a plugin for this too at

  10. ItKnol
    Permalink to comment#

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

  11. Fayssal
    Permalink to comment#

    Thanks a lot from Morocco

  12. Ryan
    Permalink to comment#

    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()”.

  13. Erin
    Permalink to comment#

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

  14. Dawesi
    Permalink to comment#

    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' );

  15. Sandy
    Permalink to comment#

    Thanks :)

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