Projects to Translate

The WordPress project has a near-infinite number of translation projects, thanks to the inclusion  of plugins and themes in The platform for contributing to the translation of WordPress core, themes and plugins.. For new 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 teams, and even experienced locale teams, it can be difficult to know which projects to focus on to make the best use of your time.

This guide includes some suggested projects, which can also be aligned with your team’s size or experience.

Translation Project Overview

The translation status for most (but not all) of the primary projects listed here can be seen on That’s a good page to bookmark to quickly see when new stringsString A string is a translatable part of the software. A translation consists of a multitude of localized strings. need attention.

In general, all teams begin by focusing on the WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. project to ensure that the WordPress software is available in their language. Once WordPress core is complete, you may wish to review the suggestions below to help prioritize projects for your team. As a note, Polyglots also help translate content on other The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. sites, such as HelpHub pages, forum documentation, and contributor handbooks.

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Setting priorities

Aside from translating the core WordPress software, it’s up to each locale team to determine what projects will best support their local communities. Having clear priorities can help new and active contributors know how best to use their time when contributing translations. Likewise, it can help translation editorsTranslation Editor Translation editors can approve translations for projects. The GTE (General Translation Editor) and LM (Locale Manager) roles can add new users with the "Project Translation Editor" role that can approve translations for specific projects. There are two different Translation Editor roles: General Translation Editor and Project Translation Editor to have fewer projects to review by prioritizing just a few projects that the team has decided on together. 

Some ways to figure out priorities might include:

  • An event in your local community, such as a weekly translation chat or even a local MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area..
  • A quarterly or yearly post on your team’s RosettaRosetta The code name of the theme for the local WordPress sites (eg. 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. site to brainstorm and vote on goals.
  • Suggesting “global” priorities in the Make/Polyglots blog to collaborate with and encourage other locale teams. 
  • Through a Contributor Day at a local WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more..

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Where to start

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WordPress core

Most teams will generally focus on translating the WordPress core software to start. As of November 2022, the WordPress core project includes 9,846 strings. It’s a big project! This is why locale teams are strongly encouraged to recruit multiple translators to help divide this work.

To release a localized WordPress package, the latest WordPress core Development project needs to be translated at least 90% and Admin, at least 75%.

A screenshot of the WordPress translation project, indicating that 90% of the Development project and 75% of the Administration projects need to be translated to generate a language pack.

Translating the core WordPress software is typically the first project for locale teams to complete, as this is what makes WordPress itself accessible in your language. After translating the WordPress project, there are a handful of other projects for locale teams to consider when deciding on priorities.

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Gutenberg plugin

Translating the Gutenberg (2,500 strings) 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 Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party can also be highly helpful, as many site editing features are developed in GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. before being included in the core WordPress software. As such, translating all the strings in Gutenberg can help when they are later imported into the development project for any upcoming WordPress release.

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After Core

After translating the WordPress Core software, some additional, high-impact projects can benefit translation teams.

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Default themes

Size: Small (81 strings)

Default themes, like Twenty Twenty Three, are released alongside each major version and typically highlight new features in the latest release. As such, it is helpful to translate these themes as close to the release as possible, so WordPress users in your locale can fully benefit from the latest updates.

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Rosetta Sites

Size: Small (233 strings)

Rosetta sites are localized versions of and can also serve as a place to coordinate with your locale team through the blog or team page. Localizing for your locale can be a helpful way to increase WordPress’ presence in your language.

As a note, some of the pages in the Rosetta sites are also available for translation via the Meta project (1,163 strings). Teams who want to fully localize may wish to prioritize both of these projects. 

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Get Involved

Size: You decide!

It can be very helpful to create or translate a “Get Involved” page specific to your locale team. Previously, there was a Get Involved flyer that described each of the Make contributor teams. However, a handful of locale teams have published their own Get Involved pages in their local language. This is an excellent way to recruit and onboard new contributors to your translation project. 

For inspiration:

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Projects for large teams

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Plugins by feature or need

Once you’ve covered the basic projects above, you may want to work on the translation of WordPress themes and WordPress plugins. Some locale teams choose to translate the top plugins and themes, based on the stats shared in these two links:

For many locale teams, a better approach may be to focus on plugins that are specifically used by your community or community members. A community member translating a plugin that she uses for her clients’ sites, for example, may make an excellent candidate for the Project Translation EditorProject Translation Editor A Project Translation Editor (often referred to as PTE) is a person, who has access to validate strings on a specific project (for example BuddyPress, WooCommerce or Twenty Fourteen) for one specific locale. A project translation editor can approve strings that are added by translation contributors. Per project translation, editors are appointed by a general translation editor after a request by the project author or by the contributors themselves. role. Because she uses the plugin regularly, she may be more likely to check for any fuzzy or waiting strings from other contributors, too. 

Ultimately, when it comes to prioritizing plugins or themes, chat with your community to decide on a process that works best for you!

A screenshot of the Plugin Directory displaying accessibility-related plugins.
Search the Plugin Directory by topic.

As an alternative, some teams have explored translating all plugins within a specific topic or purpose, such as accessibility-related plugins. This can be a great approach if your local community wants to support a specific feature or tool (e.g. eCommerce, custom CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site., and so on) and make sure all related plugins are available in your language.

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WordPress for iOS

Size: Large (3,142 strings)

The WordPress for iOS project allows you to translate the WordPress app for Apple mobile devices.

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WordPress for Android

Size: Large (3,335 strings)

The WordPress for Android project allows you to translate the WordPress app for Android devices.

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Size: Large (8,094 strings)

Patterns are pre-defined blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. layouts that you can copy and paste into your own site to customize further. Translating patterns allows WordPress users in your language to browse patterns in the Pattern Directory.

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Projects for smaller teams

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WordPress Plugin Directory

Size: Medium (716 strings)

After translating the Rosetta site, it can be helpful to translate the related directories, so that other elements of are accessible in your language. This project allows you to translate all strings related to the WordPress Plugin Directory.

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WordPress Theme Directory

Size: Small (317 strings)

Similar to the Plugin Directory, this project allows you to translate all elements of the WordPress Theme Directory.

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Pattern Directory

Size: Small/Medium (466 strings)

The Pattern Directory includes block patterns, which are ready-to-use, predefined block layouts that you can use with your site. Translating the Pattern Directory can help WordPress users in your language navigate the patterns included in this directory.

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Learn WordPress

Size: Medium (685 strings)

The Learn WordPress project includes all the strings on, excluding content like workshops and lesson plans. Translating the site itself can be a great way to start a team project around launching more workshops or lesson plans in your language. 

For more information on how to submit workshops and lesson plans in your language, review the Training team Handbook.

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After translating your Rosetta site, you can help keep your local community up-to-date on the latest WordPress news by copying and translating posts that appear on Note that the translation process for News posts happens outside, e.g. in Google Docs or directly in the WordPress editor.

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Other projects to consider

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Meta projects

Meta projects refer to projects related to the infrastructure. This includes the Plugin and Theme directories, WordCamp sites, itself, and the forums. These projects are of varying sizes, but can be helpful to consider if your goal is to make completely available to your community. 

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Team site

If you have your “team” site active (such as, you will want to translate the following MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. projects to localize to your language completely:

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If you have a WordCamp coming up in your region, translating the websites is an excellent idea. The project (Size: Medium, 2,363 strings) includes all the text you see when visiting a WordCamp website, such as Translating this helps attendees find information, buy tickets, and navigate the site comfortably in their language.

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HelpHub is a feature available on Rosetta sites for locale teams to translate support documentation into their language. While this is a much larger project than most – as it allows you to translate all the documents you see on – it can also be helpful for contributors who find it easier to translate larger bodies of text in context rather than short strings. It can also be helpful to set up a variety of collaboration tools so contributors to the HelpHub project can coordinate more easily and easily visualize their progress. 

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Handbook documentation

Some localesLocale 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 may also wish to translate documentation from other contributor teams. This Community team Tuesday Training post from Polyglots Global Mentor Naoko Takano provides an overview of how to approach this translation process and some ideas for what to translate. 

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