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Last updated by brigitteK-2 9 months, 4 weeks ago.

Assigned support staff: Marcos Vinicios Barreto.

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March 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm #3475813


Hello again

I have one more question:
- The base language of my shop is English.
- I use articles with variation (different sizes)
- Underneath every article there is a button that says: "select option", which is not accurate. You might want to look: hidden link

The same goes for the text in the dropdown menu. I also would like to change this as I did in German and French. hidden link

Is this possible?. Thanks a lot and kind regards, Brigitte

March 28, 2019 at 1:23 am #3476375

Marcos Vinicios Barreto

Languages: English (English ) Portuguese (Brazil) (Português )

Timezone: America/Bahia (GMT-03:00)


Thank you for contacting WPML Support. It seems your theme has some customized WooCommerce template to display your product categories pages and it this case you would need to overwrite the text in the default language. I would like to give a further look here in order to provide you with a detailed and accurate answer. For that, please, consider:

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March 28, 2019 at 8:24 pm #3485509

Marcos Vinicios Barreto

Languages: English (English ) Portuguese (Brazil) (Português )

Timezone: America/Bahia (GMT-03:00)


Thank you for the provided details. Regarding your requests:

Changing the strings in the default language.

WPML helps you translated your default strings to a secondary language, if you wish to edit the main language you are techincally changing the original hardcoded strings which should be done within the code and that is why WPML does not offer this function as of now. However, there's a workaround for that:

1 - In your WordPress Dashboard > WPML -> Languages add a new language, scroll down and hide the language (can be any language).

2 - Go to WordPress Dashboard > WPML > String Translation and find the string you want to edit.

3 - Select it and click on 'change selected strings language' and change the language to the new 'dummy' language we just added.

4 - Now you should be able to see the option to 'translate' it in the orginal language (english in your case) therefore allowing you to edit the default string without having to mess with the code.


Disabling the 'Multilingual WordPress with WPML' text.

1 - In your WordPress Dashboard > WPML > Languages uncheck the option 'Tell the world your site is running multilingual with WPML (places a message in your site's footer)' under the WPML Love settings.

Please, let me know if you need any additional clarification, have a nice day.

March 29, 2019 at 8:07 am #3488681


Hi Marcos, thank you very much.
1. I chose Hungarian as a "dummy" language and hid it.
2. "Change the language of selected strings"
3. As you said I could change the English version. Done and saved.
4. It just does not show on the buttons in the shop. hidden link

Did I forget or misunderstand something?

Thanks again and have a happy Friday. Brigitte

March 29, 2019 at 2:58 pm #3492429

Marcos Vinicios Barreto

Languages: English (English ) Portuguese (Brazil) (Português )

Timezone: America/Bahia (GMT-03:00)


Thank you for the updates. Sorry I could confirm this method is indeed not working, I found it in our tickets database. In this case, the only working option we have for now is editing the theme files to change the default string right in the theme template files. It is recommended a basic theme development knowledge and the use of the child theme approach to avoid to loose these changes in case of theme updates.


Sorry for not being so helpful this time. Have a nice day.

March 29, 2019 at 3:45 pm #3492691


It is not fully solved but it is also ok. Thank you!