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Translation(internationalization) with Wordpress

Published on| December 15th, 2009 | 1 Comment.

MO file is used for translation of internationalization by WordPress.
The basic translation files (extension is ‘.mo’) will exist in the following directory,

".mo" file is a binary file.
its original text is ".po" file.

Usually, if you want to change the translation, you will edit ".po" file by text editor ( ex. memo ). And you will convert from ".po" file to ".mo" file.
You can use famous free convert tool ‘po editor‘.

Usage is very simple.
Open ". po" file (menu [File]-[Open]), and edit , and save ". po" file (menu [File]-[Save]).

When you save ". po" file, ".mo" file will be save by automated too.
Of course, ‘.mo’ file is saved that was converted to binary file from text file.

If you want to translate in the template(thema), you should edit like a following code.

<?php _e('Search'); ?>
<?php echo __('Search'); ?>

Upper, 'Search' will be translated to locale language, and it will display by ‘echo’.
Bottom, 'Search' will be translated to locale language, and it will be returned. If you want to display its, you should edit ‘echo’.


One Response to “Translation(internationalization) with WordPress”

  1. Baroca
    October 8th, 2014 @ 16:58:24

    A good online alternative to the translation tool poedit is the online localization platform
    Use it ith this plugin to automate the process of translating .po files even more

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