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WPML String Translation Addons


Version: 3.2.1

Category: Plugin, WPML
Tags: multilingual, wpml

WPML String

Adds theme and plugins
localization capabilities to

Anything that doesn t
fall inside posts, pages or taxonomy goes into String Translation. This
includes the site s tagline, general texts in Admin screens, widget titles
and many other texts.

Activating the

WPML s String Translation module is part of the
Multilingual CMS package. To enable it, you first need
to download and install it from your WPML.org account > Downloads
section. Then, go to WPML->String

Choosing Which Strings to Display

complex site may contain many strings to translate. Use the display filter,
at the top of the String Translation page, to determine which strings to

  • Which strings to display
    choose the translation status (everything, translation complete, translation
    needed or waiting for translator)
  • Strings
    WPML organizes strings into different domains, making
    it easier to find a specific string. If for example you are looking for a
    widget string, select the Widgets
  • Search you can enter
    a search value to narrow down specific


Click on the translations
link to open the translation editor. Be sure to click on
translation is complete after you translate. Incomplete
translations will not appear in the site. If you are using WPML s Translation
Management module, you can also send strings to translation by your
translators. Click on the checkboxes next to strings, select the language
from the list (in the Translation options box) and
choose to send to translation. Please note that you cannot choose a specific
translator. All translators within a language pair would be able to translate
the strings you ve chosen.


Perhaps you not longer use a certain theme or
plugin and you wish to remove the strings associated with it. Simply select
the strings you want to remove and click Delete .

Language of Strings

You can set the source language of
specific strings or all strings that belong to a domain (context). To change
the language of specific strings, select them and click on the new
Change language of selected strings button.
Then, select the new language. You can also change the language of entire
contexts. This is useful when you get a theme or a plugin, that s coded in a
language other than English. Click on the new link, at the top of the String
Translation page, Language of domains. Then,
choose the new language. The dialog will show you a table of the strings in
that domain. You can choose the new language and also make it the default
language for new strings that will be added to that

Advanced String Translation

Besides the basic filter and translation
features, WPML offers advanced options, which can make your site
administration simpler.

Track when strings appear on the

This option helps you identify where strings are used
on public pages in the site. When enabled, WPML will keep record of the PHP
source and pages that display each string. This feature can help understand
the correct context of strings and how they should be translated. How to

  1. Enable the option to Track
    where strings appear on the site
  2. Visit
    the site s front-end pages.
  3. Switch to a language other
    than the site s default language.
  4. WPML will register any
    string that appears on the page you are viewing. Move from page to page to
    cover all the strings you need.

Please note
that this is a database-intense operation. You should only enable it when
building the site. When you are done registering strings, don t forget to
return to the String Translation admin page and disable Track where strings
appear on the site . Your site s speed will be significantly lower if you
keep this option running in production mode.

Auto register
strings for translation

WPML uses static code analysis to
locate strings that require translation in the theme and plugins. In some
cases, the static code-scan cannot reliably find all strings. This often
happens when strings are generated dynamically using code (not really static/
hard-coded ). By enabling auto registration, WPML will register strings that
need translation at display-time. The conservative option is to register
strings when logged in as an administrator. This means that when a logged-in
admin browses the site, WPML registers for translation any strings that are
displayed. This operation may increase the amount of database queries while
strings are registering for translation.

Import / export

You can import translations from other sources and
export your current translations using .po files. If you choose to export
strings without their translations, the file extension will be .pot (Portable
Object Template). If you choose to include translations, the extension would
be .po. When you import translations, you must choose the language to import

Translating strings in the wp_options

Many themes and plugins store texts in the
wp_options table. This is also the case with Widgets.
Widgets also store their setting fields in the wp-options table. You can tell
WPML to register these strings to translation. To do this, click on
Translate texts in admin screens. This will open a GUI,
showing the strings that WPML finds in your site. The list will often be a
tree, which you can expand and collapse. Developers
: Theme and plugin authors are encouraged to include a
language configuration file in their code, which tells WPML which strings
from the wp_options table to register for translation. This can save a lot of
time for end-users configuring multilingual sites. You can easily export the
strings you want by using the Export selected strings as a WPML config file
that can be added to themes or plugins button (see image above). If your
option includes a lot of sub-options, you can use the asterisk
as a wildcard character in your configuration file. You
can find more information and examples on our page about creating language
configuration files.

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