There are two ways to translate a theme for a single language website.

  1. Using Loco Translate Plugin.
  2. Using POEdit Tool.

We recommend 1st method, which is pretty easy.

1.Using Loco Translate Plugin

Loco Translate Plugin allows you to translate theme directly from WordPress Dashboard.

Follow the steps below for installation and configuration.

Step 1

Install Loco Translate Plugin via Dashboard → Plugins. Activate the plugin once installed.

Step 2

Navigate to Dashboard → Loco Translate → Themes and click the theme name you want to translate. In our example, we are going to choose RealHomes Theme.

Selecting Theme Loco Translate

Step 3

Click on Create Template to create a new translation template. On the next page, click on Create Template once again.

Create Template Loco Translate Plugin

Step 4

Go back to the theme page again and click on New language.

New Language Loco Translate Plugin

Step 5

Next, you have to set up the language. This step involves choosing the language and selecting the path of the .po file for the language you are choosing.

Step 6

When you click on Save button you will be redirected to the translation page where you can start translating all the strings of the theme in this language. But first, click on Sync to synchronize any unidentified strings which were not detected in the initial setup and you are done with this step.

Step 7

Navigate to Dashboard → Settings → General and then select the language from the drop-down options Site Language which you just set up in Loco Translate section e.g. French (in our example) and the translation will start showing on the frontend.

You have to click on Sync (on translation page) each time when you update the theme and all the new strings will be synchronized from the updated version of the theme.

Step 8

You must also translate the required plugin of the theme, for example, if you are using Real Homes Theme then you must translate Easy Real Estate Plugin which is a required plugin and the theme doesn’t work without it. The required plugins for other themes are listed below for each theme so you should know which plugins must be translated to have the translation for each string throughout the theme.

Real Homes Theme: Easy Real Estate Plugin

Real Places Theme: Inspiry Real Estate Plugin

TourPress Theme: TourPress Pack Plugin, Easy Tours Plugin

BuilderPress Theme: BuilderPress Pack Plugin

Food Recipes Theme: Food Recipes Pack Plugin

RecipePress Theme: Inspiry Recipes Plugin

PoliticalPress Theme: Political Press Pack Plugin

That’s it. Your translation should work fine now.

2. Using the POEdit Tool

This is a conventional method. Please follow the steps below to translate the theme to your language using the POEdit tool.

Step 1

Install WordPress in your language OR Change the language in the admin settings screen. Settings → General → Site Language

Step 2

Download and install poedit.

Step 3

Look for the a file with .pot extension called POT ( Portable Object Template ) file in your theme’s “languages” directory, If there is no such directory then look into theme’s root directory.

Once found, Download it and rename it to your language code, for example, fr_FR.po ( PO stands for Portable Object ) for French. Complete lists of codes can be found at (country codes) and (language codes).

Step 4

Start translating newly created .po in poedit software from English to your language.

You do not need to translate everything, instead look for the sentences or words that you really need to translate and leave the others as it is.

Step 5

Save the newly created .po file in poedit and it will create a new file with same name but .mo ( MO stands for Machine Object ) extension in the same directory as the .po file on your computer.

Upload newly created .po and .mo files to the directory from where you have downloaded the .pot file in start.

That’s it. Your translation should work fine now.

In case you need any further assistance, Please register at our support website and ask your question over there.

For Child Theme

If the child theme which you are using already has “languages” directory then upload the translated .po and .mo files to child theme’s “languages” directory instead of the parent theme. This way you can update parent theme easily as your translation will reside in the child theme.