We’re in hard string freeze for 4.6 – Prepare your locales for the the release

Dear Polyglots,

A little while back the WordPress 4.6 hard string freeze was announced and that means no strings will change anymore before August 16th, when WordPress 4.6 will be released.

That means there are two things for all GTEs to do now:

1. Translate the 4.6 project, Admin, Network admin and Continent & cities

The release will hit on Tuesday, August 16th. It’s time to head to translate.wordpress.org and finish translating the last batch of new strings.

Please don’t forget that in order to qualify for an automatic release, you need to have all strings in the following projects translated 100%:

2. Prepare the SVN directory for your locale for automated packages

Handbook page for reference: Automated release packages

Does my locale qualify for automated release?

  • If all you have is a license, readme, and wp-config-sample.php (or no custom changes at all), everything will be automated for you if you follow the instructions above. Both language packs and release packages will automatically be created. If you are not at 100% at that time, then language packs and release packages will be created when you reach 100%. If you are later modify a translation (to fix a typo, for example), your language pack and release package will be regenerated.
  • If you have extensive custom changes, you will need to manually create a package via Rosetta as you have done in the past.

On Slack, watch out for messages like this one:


Your locale is good to go if you see your locale in the “x release packages for y were built” message.


This is a global ping for all General Translation Editors whose locales are more than 50% and less than 100% translated:

18 locales are already at 100%, well done and thank you!

Dev between 95% and 100% (35)

Dev between 90% and 95% (15)

Dev between 50% and 90% (29)

Thank you to everyone who’s already helping bring WordPress to more than 100 languages worldwide.

We’re not allowed to be biased but this release is really special because we’ve got this guy leading it. Let’s make him proud and break a new record releasing on Tuesday, Aug 16th, with 60+ locales. I know we can do it.

Happy translating ❤️