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The widget_title hook is a popular WordPress hook used to modify or customize the title of a widget before it is displayed on the front-end of a website. This hook allows developers to dynamically change the title based on certain conditions or to add additional content to the title.

When a widget is registered and its title is set, the widget_title hook provides developers with the opportunity to alter that title. This can be useful for various scenarios, such as translating the title to a different language, adding a prefix or suffix to the title, or even completely replacing the title with a custom one.

To use the widget_title hook, you need to create a custom function and attach it to the hook using the add_filter() function. This function will receive two parameters: the original title of the widget and the widget instance. You can then modify the title as desired and return the updated version.

Here’s an example usage code that demonstrates how to use the widget_title hook to add a prefix to the title of a specific widget:

function prefix_custom_widget_title($title, $instance) {
    if ($instance['widget_id'] === 'my_widget_id') { // Replace 'my_widget_id' with the actual ID of your widget
        $title = 'Custom Prefix: ' . $title;
    return $title;
add_filter('widget_title', 'prefix_custom_widget_title', 10, 2);

In this example, the custom function prefix_custom_widget_title checks if the widget ID matches a specific value. If it does, it adds the prefix "Custom Prefix: " to the original title. You can modify this code to suit your own needs, changing the conditional logic or the prefix as necessary.

Remember, the widget_title hook provides a powerful way to manipulate widget titles in WordPress, giving you greater control and flexibility over their display on the front-end of your website.

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