How to translate your WordPress

13 August, 2013

There are several ways to translate a WordPress:

  1. Qtranslate: Adds userfriendly multilingual content management and translation support. It changes database entries to accept the languages selected at configuration level.
  2. Google Language Translator: This plugin allows you to insert the Google Language Translator tool anywhere on your website using a shortcode. It adds buttons to Google Translator languages that can translate all website text on real time.
  3. Gettext: Internationalization and localization system used for writing multilingual files. These files are processed by software programs to display its needed content. Normally used for common/general sentences repeated between languages.

I’d like to expand my explanation on this last one.

Translated files can be found at /wp-content/languages folder. These files are terminated in PO and MO extension. PO are editable files, containing references from the original english word to the translated one.

We can add new lines or change its contents but we must process it before so software can understand and use its translations. This is the mission of MO files:  PO file >> poedit >> MO file >> upload to server. Poedit is a great tool for reviewing, validating and processing PO files into MO files ready to be used.



For more information please read Translating WordPress.

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