xili-language: Preparing for the Installation
Prior to installing and activating the xili-language plugin, it is mandatory to verify a few things:
A Translation Ready Theme
A translation ready theme is ready for localization. The code contains php functions to translate labels, items and texts according the current language used by the webmaster. xili-language will use this feature to create a multilingual context for visitors.
For this example, the theme twentyfourteen is used.
|Some themes with special customized functions are not guaranteed to be multilingual. In same cases, an installed theme does not follow the rules of WordPress.|
Step 1) On the server, navigate to the wp-content/themes/twentyfourteen/languages folder.
Step 2) Download the twentyfourteen.pot file to your local computer.
Step 3) Download and install poedit to your local computer.
Step 4) Open Poedit and select File -> New Catalog from POT / PO file.
Step 5) Select the .POT file or the .PO file you wish to translate (downloaded earlier).
Step 6) From the dropdown list, select a language. For this example, French was selected.
Step 7) Click the OK button.
Step 8) Click to select a string to be translated.
Step 9) Click to select from the available translation options.
|In some instances, the hyperlink Unlock Online Suggestions will display on the right when trying to translate a string. In order to do this, you will need to upgrade to the paid version of this plugin.|
Step 10) Repeat Steps 8-9 until all translations have been completed.
Step 11) Click the Save button to save any changes.
Step 12) On your local computer, you should now have 2 new files:
Step 13) Copy these two files to the languages folder of your theme.
The next step of the guide will focus on xili-language: Installing the Plugin.