Every WordPress theme contains some texts that need to be translated into your language if you are building a non-English website. My themes are fullyRight-To-Left (RTL) languages.ready and most of them also support
To enable your language on a WordPress website, please switch WordPress into the desired language first.
Translating free themes at WordPress.org
If you have obtained the theme from WordPress.org themes repository, please translate the theme by clicking the “Translate ThemeName” link in WordPress theme page sidebar.
Translating premium/any theme
Translating using Poedit
- Make a copy of the original
- You need to rename the copied file now: add hyphen followed with your language code locale, and change file extension to “po”. So, the British English file would be named
themename-en_GB.po, for example.
- Use Poedit to translate the file and export (save) also in “mo” file format.
- Upload translated
themename-en_GB.mofile into your WordPress languages directory, into
themesfolder (such as
/wp-content/languages/themes/themename-en_GB.mo– if the
themesfolder does not exist in your WordPress languages directory, create it).
REMINDER: When you update the theme, all custom files will be deleted from
/wp-content/themes/themename/languagesfolder. Do not place your custom files into that folder!
Translating directly in your WordPress dashboard
If you would like translate the theme directly in your WordPress dashboard you need to use a specialized plugin for that. Please install and activate Loco Translate plugin. For instructions on how to use the plugin please refer to beginner’s guide and/or technical overview.
Don’t forget to translate your plugins too!
WordPress website is built using WordPress system itself, a theme and plugin(s). There is a very high probability that WordPress system is already translated into your language, so, you don’t need to do it on your own.
You have also learned how to translate the theme into your language above.
But what about plugins and their texts?
If you are lucky, your plugin contains your languagefiles already and you don’t have to do anything. But if you need to translate a plugin into your language, the best advice is to check the plugin’s documentation for instructions.
Alternatively you can also use Loco Translate plugin (again) to translate your plugins directly in your WordPress dashboard.
Right-To-Left (RTL) languages
Quite often I receive a question like “How can I enable RTL on my website/theme?” The solution is pretty simple, just install and activate RTL language in your WordPress. The theme follows WordPress settings and automatically loads RTL styles for you. Here are some helpful resources:
- Installing WordPress in Your Language
- How to Install WordPress in Other Languages (with video tutorial)
Please understand that the theme might not be translated to you language though. In that case, please follow the themeinstructions above.