WordPress Tips | October 26, 2020

WordPress – Contact Form 7: How to rename Flamingo admin nav label

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Flamingo is a great little plugin by Takayuki Miyoshi to accompany all installations of the very popular and commonly used Contact Form 7 plugin amongst many WordPress developers in Singapore. It allows admin users to be able to check for contact form submissions by logging into the WordPress Admin panel. This is a feature that other major WordPress forms plugins such as Gravity Forms, WPForms or even the default Elementor Forms have as a default feature. However, Contact Form 7, which is probably the most lightweight plugin amongst them, does not have this feature by default.

Flamingo does one thing — it stores submitted messages from forms and does it well off-the-shelf. Install and activate it and it will work immediately with your Contact Form 7. However, bizarrely, it adds itself into the admin left nav as ‘Flamingo’, which even we as WordPress developers have found to be exceedingly user-unfriendly. Often, we have had to explain to clients that this is where you go to find your form submissions, and we weren’t able to explain why it’s called ‘Flamingo’.

Hence, upon installation of Flamingo, one of the must-do steps here at Oangle is to rename it immediately to ‘Submissions’. Based on the profile of the client and the nature of the forms, we have also renamed Flamingo to many other things, such as “CRM”, “DB” etc.

Here’s a simple code snippet that we use to rename the label of Flamingo on the admin nav menu to prevent confusion for admin users — this script goes into your functions.php file.

Remember to change ‘Submissions’ to your preferred label name!

Unsure of where to insert this? Don’t want to break anything? Our team of WordPress developers in Singapore can accomplish this job for you safely and efficiently. We are highly experienced in WordPress and web development and are equipped in solving any issues you might be facing.

Do note that this guide is purely for a WordPress + Contact Form 7 installation. For other WordPress Form plugins, please contact us if you need help. Our team of WordPress developers in Singapore will be happy to assist you!

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