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WPML can now translate texts in the theme and other plugins without going through .po and .mo files. It also has an improved String Editor for faster and more efficient translation.

This is what I’m doing in this movie:

  1. Enable WPML’s Advanced mode, to gain access to the Theme and plugin localization menu.
  2. Go to Theme and plugin localization and allow WPML to handle the translations.
  3. Scan the theme and plugins that we want to translate.
  4. Go to the String Translation interface and enter translations. There, we can use the new show-in-source and show-in-page features that allow us to see what we’re translating.
  5. We also use the Search tool to filter the texts. This allows us to translate special phrases consistently.
  6. When we save, our translations are applied immediately. There’s no file to export or import.

Wondering what’s next?

We want to help people translate WordPress, themes and plugins using WPML – everyone, not only when running multilingual websites.

The next major version of WPML will allow it to run in a single language, other than English and use WPML’s string translation capabilities to translate themes and plugins from within WordPress, without going through .mo files.

12 Responses to “WPML 1.6.0 – Translation for other plugins”

  1. “The next major version of WPML will allow it to run in a single language, other than English and use WPML’s string translation capabilities to translate themes and plugins from within WordPress, without going through .mo files.”

    this section is important for me. keep up the good work.

    • After having run several large WordPress sites with complex themes and some plugins, we’ve come to realize that theme and plugin localization is a major head-ache and we’re trying to simplify it with WPML.

      Feedback for the new string translation is highly welcome!

    • Thanks for the feedback.

      When you start using it, let us know how it goes. We’re going to add a lot more functionality to the theme/plugin translation interface so ideas and suggestions are highly welcome.

  2. How does this work on MU? To be more precise, is this per blog basis?

    I have several blogs with different langugage and translation pairs (e.g. Finnish-English, Swedish-Finnish etc.) Obviously I cannot translate plugins in just any language, as their needs are different, while they use the same plugin repository.

    • WPML doesn’t run as a site-wide plugin. You would need to enable it per blog.

      The translations are saved in the database, per blog, so it doesn’t matter what you’re translating with other WPMU blog instances.

  3. Just to say, this plugin is already amazing, it enabled me to localise my site so easily, I just had a few things left and this has just sorted out all my remaining issues, thank you so much for everyone you have done with this plugin!

  4. Hi,

    Tried to install the new version 1.6.0 and I discovered that it requires the MySQL 5
    version.
    Unfortunately my host server has a default MySQL 4.1.22.
    Can I use the version 1.5.1 until they will do the upgrade in MySQL?

    Thanks
    Paolo