Feature Suggestion: Don’t just disable Howdy, replace it with a better greeting

I got fed up with the default ‘Howdy’ message a long time ago but wanted to have something more than just a clients name over in the top right of their screen. It was then that I came up with the following modification.

Professionalism is needed on a clients site and I feel that this would be a well deserved feature to add to ASE.

// Greet user with Good Morning, Afternoon or Evening depending on the time of day
function ctm_replace_howdy( $wp_admin_bar ) {
    // Get the current hour
    $current_hour = date( 'H' );

    // Define the greetings based on the time of day
    if ( $current_hour < 12 ) {
        $greeting = 'Good Morning';
    } elseif ( $current_hour < 18 ) {
        $greeting = 'Good Afternoon';
    } else {
        $greeting = 'Good Evening';

    // Get the node
    $my_account = $wp_admin_bar->get_node( 'my-account' );

    // Extract the username from the title
    preg_match( '/^(.*),(.*)$/', $my_account->title, $matches );
    $username = trim( $matches[2] );

    // Construct the new title with the updated greeting
    $new_title = $greeting . ', ' . $username;

    // Update the title
    $my_account->title = $new_title;

    // Add the updated node
    $wp_admin_bar->add_node( array(
        'id'    => 'my-account',
        'title' => $my_account->title,
    ) );
add_filter( 'admin_bar_menu', 'ctm_replace_howdy', 25 );


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