Poedit is software that you can use to translate the themes and plugins you use to the local language of your choice. Almost every theme or plugin comes with the language directory and you can start the translation by opening the pot file in this directory with Poedit software. Poedit is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. You can download Poedit software from https://poedit.net/ link and install it.
Let’s see how we can translate the theme with Poedit.
Before starting the translation, you will need the following:
If both are ok, let’s follow the steps below.
To open the Poedit software, you can double click the file with the .pot extension in the language folder of the theme or select the file with the pot extension by clicking the “Create New Translation” button from the window that appears after starting the poedit application.
We will open the Poedit application and select the file with the extension pot.
We open the file with the extension .pot by going to the directory where the file with the .pot extension is located. As an example we will translate the language file of the Homelist theme.
After selecting the file with the extension pot, a popup titled “Translation Language” appears. You can choose the language you want to translate the theme from this section.
WordPress has local language code for each language. You can review the list from this link.
At the top of the window is the list of languages you will translate. When you click on a line from this list, the “Source text” section below displays the original text. The “Translation” section below is the field you will translate.
It writes how to save the language file in your style.css file. For example, for Italian language, like homelist-it_IT.po or it_IT.po
Once you click save PoEdit will automatically generate .po and .mo for you.
Upload these two files in this location by accessing your website via FTP or your hosting’s file manager program, once connected go to wp-content/languages/themes (if you are dealing with themes) or wp-content/languages/plugins (when dealing with plugin translation).
If you do not have this languages folder in your wp-content folder then simply create it.
Finally, after logging into the WordPress administration panel, you should enter the Settings-> General page. You should select the language you translated from “Site Language” field.
If you would like to try different plugins and applications instead of this plugin, you can take a look at our article titled “How To Translate Your WordPress Website“.