What We Do

WordPress is translated into many languages which are translated by volunteer community members. The Polyglots TeamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. is responsible for both translating and managing this process.

Responsibilities Responsibilities

The WordPress project is large in scale. As of June 2020, over half (55.6%) of all sites running WordPress are running them in a language other than US English. The work that the Polyglots team does ensures that the experience for all of these users’ is seamless and natural in their native language.

As a result, Polyglots team members focus on translating and coordinating the process around translating: 

  • WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.
  • Bundled themes in WordPress (Twenty Fourteen, Twenty Thirteen, etc.)
  • BuddyPress
  • bbPressbbPress Free, open source software built on top of WordPress for easily creating forums on sites. https://bbpress.org.
  • RosettaRosetta The code name of the theme for the local WordPress sites (eg. bg.wordpress.org is a “Rosetta” site). All locale specific WordPress sites are referred to as “Rosetta sites.” The name was inspired from the ancient Rosetta Stone, which contained more or less the same text in three different languages. (localized websites and forums)
  • Plugins (i.e. Akismet)

Additionally, Polyglots team members are able to translate any pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party or theme into their localeLocale Locale = language version, often a combination of a language code and a region code, for instance es_MX denotes Spanish as it’s used in Mexico. A list of all locales supported by WordPress in https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/

Because of language complexities, the Polyglots Team helps identify RTL issues and some design-specific problems that may affect localized versions of WordPress.

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Get Involved Get Involved

If you would like to start translating WordPress, visit Get Involved page.

It is possible that an individual or a team is already working on translating WordPress into your language, but they haven’t finished yet. To find out, subscribe to the polyglots’ blog, introduce yourself, and ask if there’s anyone translating into your language.

There is also a list of localization teams, which you can check to see if a translation is in progress.

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