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Translate a Theme in Loco Translate v.1

Instructions from this tutorial are described for Loco Translate version 1. For version 2 instructions see this tutorial. Before continuing please downgrade the plugin to version 1.x as shown in this screenshot:

Downgrade to version 1:


Add a New Language

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Find your theme in the list and click on the New language link. On the next page select the language in which you want to translate the theme, but make sure to select the same language as Site Language from General > Settings page:

In our case this would be Romanian language:

loco-romanian

4. Start the Translation

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After adding a new language in your theme, you’ll be redirected to a page which will display a list of the text that can be translated. You can start the process by highlighting each line, one by one, and enter the translation in the box in the bottom of the page.

Once you’ve finished to translate the text, click the Save button and here the entire process ends. Now your theme will automatically display the translated version.


After translating a theme there are a few things you should be aware of:

Back-up your Translations

Just because the translation files are stored in your theme folder, this means that there is a high probability that these will be deleted if the theme will be updated in the future. So we recommend you to copy the folder /languages/ from your theme and all its files on your computer (via FTP or backing-up entire theme using WP Clone Template plugin).

Handling Theme Updates

If you update your theme to a new version which has an updated language file or other files modified, you’ll need to rescan your theme using the Loco Translate plugin and then translate the new strings. Find your theme in Loco Translate plugin, select the needed language and click the Sync button to have the plugin update the language files.


In case you’re looking for additional tools to translate your theme, make sure to check out:

Poedit
Codestyling Localization

Need a Multilingual plugin for your website? We recommend WPML Plugin. With WPML you can easily add a language selector, translate posts, pages, menus, widgets and much more.
Last updated on February 20, 2017
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