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I need to rename the field of Middle Name/Initial in my registration form: https://www.khouryhome.com/customer/account/create/ to Father's name and want to make it mandatory and not optional like it is now in the system-->customer configuration. Thanks in advance for the help.

<div class="field name-middlename">
        <label for="<?php echo $this->getFieldId('middlename')?>" class="required"><?php echo $this->getStoreLabel('middlename'); ?> FATHER NAME <em>*</em></label>
        <div class="input-box">
            <input type="text" id="<?php echo $this->getFieldId('middlename')?>" name="<?php echo $this->getFieldName('middlename')?>" value="<?php echo $this->escapeHtml($this->getObject()->getMiddlename()) ?>" title="<?php echo $this->getStoreLabel('middlename') ?>" class="input-text <?php echo $this->helper('customer/address')->getAttributeValidationClass('middlename') ?>" <?php echo $this->getFieldParams() ?> />
        </div>
    </div>

this is for the first name:

<div class="field name-firstname">
        <label for="<?php echo $this->getFieldId('firstname')?>" class="required"><em>*</em><?php echo $this->getStoreLabel('firstname') ?></label>
        <div class="input-box">
            <input type="text" id="<?php echo $this->getFieldId('firstname')?>" name="<?php echo $this->getFieldName('firstname')?>" value="<?php echo $this->escapeHtml($this->getObject()->getFirstname()) ?>" title="<?php echo $this->getStoreLabel('firstname') ?>" maxlength="255" class="input-text <?php echo $this->helper('customer/address')->getAttributeValidationClass('firstname') ?>" <?php echo $this->getFieldParams() ?> />
        </div>
    </div>
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Copy the following file:

app/design/frontend/base/default/template/customer/widget/name.phtml

to your theme like below:

app/design/frontend/[your_package]/[your_theme]/customer/widget/name.phtml

And change the text.

For make it required from database:

Goto eav_attribute table and find the middlename attribute code and change the field is_required to 1.

Also from here you can change the Text of Middle name to Father's name as well.

Change the following in name.phtml:

<div class="field name-middlename">
    <label for="<?php echo $this->getFieldId('middlename')?>" class="required">FATHER NAME <em>*</em></label>
    <div class="input-box">
        <input type="text" id="<?php echo $this->getFieldId('middlename')?>" name="<?php echo $this->getFieldName('middlename')?>" value="<?php echo $this->escapeHtml($this->getObject()->getMiddlename()) ?>" title="<?php echo $this->getStoreLabel('middlename') ?>" class="input-text required-entry<?php echo $this->helper('customer/address')->getAttributeValidationClass('middlename') ?>" <?php echo $this->getFieldParams() ?> />
    </div>
</div>
  • dear for the required its well received, as for the renaming im still lost in this label where i should change the name? <label for="<?php echo $this->getFieldId('middlename')?>"<?php echo $isMiddlenameRequired ? ' class="required"' : '' ?>><?php echo $isMiddlenameRequired ? '<em>*</em>' : '' ?><?php echo $this->getStoreLabel('middlename') ?></label> – Marcos Aug 13 '18 at 14:51
  • as for Goto eav_attribute table and find the middlename attribute code and change the field is_required to 1.--> i dont have attributes with first name, middle name or last name. if its at level database, where exactly are you pointing? you mean SQL or PHP MY ADMIN? up their i should change it?? – Marcos Aug 13 '18 at 14:52
  • You can find the label in the same table. I mean magento database from phpmyadmin. – Sukumar Gorai Aug 13 '18 at 15:21
  • dear i prefer not to change anything from the database of SQL or PHP MY ADMIN, cant we just rename it in the registration file in this line of code: <label for="<?php echo $this->getFieldId('middlename')?>"<?php echo $isMiddlenameRequired ? ' class="required"' : '' ?>><?php echo $isMiddlenameRequired ? '<em>*</em>' : '' ?><?php echo $this->getStoreLabel('middlename') ?></label> – Marcos Aug 14 '18 at 6:49
  • Yes you can change it from there but if somewhere the same thing happens then you need to change that manually. Database change will effect for every places. – Sukumar Gorai Aug 14 '18 at 7:34

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