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Poedit: How to translate a WordPress plugin and theme

Poedit: How to translate a WordPress plugin and theme

Translation of plugins on WordPress Do you want to translate a WordPress plugin? If you have an extension with a default language, it is possible to do the translation, if the designer of the extension has taken this into account. To make this translation, you must first check if the extension gives the possibility of making a translation. If the extension does not allow you to do this, you can still use the Loco Translate application. In this article you will see how to use Loco Translate to be able to translate an extension into the desired language. Here are the steps to follow to do so.

Video content explaining how to translate a WordPress plugin with Loco Translate

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The Loco Translate Extension

Probably many people don't know about this extension, Loco Translate. Before getting into the translation steps, it is important to have an idea. Loco Translate is a free and very effective plugin to translate your WordPress theme easily without having to put your hands in the code!

Steps to Translate a WordPress Plugin with Loco Translate

Step 1: Go to the Loco Translate extension

To start, you need to find the Loco Translate plugin. To do this, once on the site, go to the “ Extension ” tab and click on “ Add ”. Then you will have to search for the " Loco Translate " plugin in the search bar at the top right.

Step 2: Installing the Loco Translate Plugin

After downloading the plugin, click on “ install ” and then on “ activate ” to start it. Once the plugin is activated, it creates a menu item called “ Loco Translate ” in the left menu of WordPress. At this level, simply click on this tab and then on the “ plugins ” tab By clicking on the plugin tab, you will see all the extensions installed on your site.

Step 3: select a plugin to translate

At this step, you must choose which extension to translate. For example, if you want to translate an extension, click on this extension. Some extensions already have which languages available, but if you want to add another language, click on " Add a new language ". In this tab, select the language you want to use to translate the extension. To continue, choose what you want your translation's PO file to be. Tip: Save the translation file in the system to always be able to recover your data, because if you delete the Loco file, you will lose all your data.

Step 4: Translating with the Loco Translate extension

After installing and selecting the plugin, you can then perform the translation. If you want to translate your text into French, click on “ French ”. You will see that there are three fields

  • The source word
  • The word in English “(this corresponds to the original language of the extension)
  • Translation into the desired language

The operation is very simple to translate a WordPress extension, select a sentence at the top by clicking on it then you write the French translation (for example) in the field “ French (France) translation ”. Some character strings may include special signs, for example an arrow. Be sure to copy them into your translation to keep the same display as in English. Once you have made the translation, click on “ Save/Sauvegarder” to save your translation. When you translate and click on save, you will realize that the extension has been translated according to the text you wrote. However, you can also decide not to translate your entire theme, but only some of the phrases you “stumble upon” while visiting your blog. To achieve this, you can simply search for this sentence with Loco Translate to translate only these parts. translate with Loco TRANSLATE


We have a video that can help to better see how these steps unfold. Then you can watch the video directly on our YouTube page.

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Gilblas Ngunte Possi

Gilblas Ngunte Possi

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