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Nov 15 2011

WordPress bbPress plugin localization

The bulletin board bbPress also exists as a WordPress plugin for perfect integration.  However, it has been a true pain to translate it.

Most often when I install new plugins, I translate them myself using the Codestyling Localization plugin. This way, I know exactly what text that could end up on my site… But I got quite chocked when I was done scanning the bbPress plugin for sentences.

More than 700 sentences… well, I was not going to do that manually.

But try googling “bbpress plugin localization” or stuff like that.  You end up with loads of tips on localizing a bbPress standalone installation or plugins for bbPres.

However, I succeded in finding a link for GlotPress (translate.wordpress.org). I must confess, that I didn’t knew this existed.

These were the steps:

  1. Go to http://translate.wordpress.org/projects/bbpress/plugin
  2. Find your language
  3. Log in with your WordPress.org forum username and password (or create one)
  4. Use the Export function at the bottom to export for .po or .mo (or both)
  5. Let the files go into your /wp-content/plugins/bbpress/bbp-languages folder with the name bbpress-xx_XX.po/.mo
Please note, that this is not the recommended path for the files, as the language files may get nuked when updating bbPress plugin. However, this was the only path where I got it working.  I’ll continue to search for the right place 🙂

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