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When loading content in gettext calls (__(), _e(), etc.) they translate fine when I render the page in the browser normally (PHP delivers the content to the browser), however when I make AJAX calls, the gettext does not translate.

I thought maybe it was that word specifically, but when I use the gettext call in content that is loaded from the server normally (not through ajax) it translates. I'm using WPML, but I don't think that has anything to do with it?

Is there anything special I have to do or add the load_plugin_textdomain function call to a specific action hook?

It's added to the "plugins_loaded" action right now. I use WordPress ajax methods as described in their docs and I get all the data, just don't get gettext translations.

As advised here are snippets of the code that has the problem. I did not incldue the gettext .pot and .mo files, as I know those work (bc/ other text in there gets translated in the rest of the plugin itself). I just state what their name is and where they reside relevant to the plugin root.

//gettext files
// languages/my-plugin-fr_FR.pot
// languages/my-plugin-fr_FR.mo

//Javascript files
// js/main.js

  function getResources() {
            type: "POST",
            url: ajax_object.ajaxurl,
            dataType: "json",
            data: {                    
                action: 'get_resources'               
        .done(function(data) {
            if (typeof data == "object" && data.hasOwnProperty("html")) {               
            } else {
               alert("error on server");              
        .fail(function() {
            alert("error on server");  

  $(document).ready(function() {

// end js/main.js

//MyPlugin class

class MyPlugin {    
  /// This value will be used as a unique identifier for translations
  public static $theme_domain_name = 'my-plugin';

  public function init() {
     if (!is_admin()) {         
      //any scripts and styles needed for the plugin to work in the front end
      add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', array($this,'add_scripts_styles') );     

    add_action('wp_ajax_get_resources', array($this,'ajax_get_resources'));
    add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_get_resources', array($this,'ajax_get_resources'));

  public function ajax_get_resources() {        
        $html = "";

        //just an example of returning post objects
        $posts = get_posts();

        $html .= $this->get_resources_html($posts);

        echo json_encode(array('html'=>$html));


  public function add_scripts_styles() {
     wp_register_script('main-js', plugin_dir_url(__FILE__) . 'js/main.js', array('jquery'), '20131023' );
     wp_enqueue_script('main-js' );
     wp_localize_script('main-js', 'ajax_object', array( 'ajaxurl' => admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' ) ) );

  public function get_resources_html($resources) {
     $load_more_text = __('Load more',MyPlugin::$theme_domain_name);       

     //$html .= < do some other work on the resource posts provided >

     $html .= <<<LOAD
<a href="#">
    <span class="text-wrapper"><span class="text">

    return $html;

//root plugin file my-plugin.php

require_once dirname( __FILE__ ) .'/MyPlugin.php';

$MyPlugin = new MyPlugin();    

add_action("plugins_loaded",function() {
    load_plugin_textdomain(MyPlugin::$theme_domain_name , false, dirname( plugin_basename(__FILE__) ) . '/languages/');

share|improve this question
Are you using ajax properly? –  G. M. Nov 8 '13 at 22:02
Yes I use the wordpress recommended ajax methods and call them in both add_action('wp_ajax_my_action', 'my_action_callback'); and add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_my_action', 'my_action_callback'); I also use the action property to set 'my_action' in my POST sent from javascript so the aforementioned callbacks get run. All my code runs well and the content is sent to the browser and rendered. I'm able to call wordpress functions like get_posts, $wpdb, etc. Just the gettext doesn't get translated. –  ako977 Nov 8 '13 at 23:30
Can you post a SSCCE? Also, technical clarifications belong on the Question, not in Comments, you're free to edit it whenever needed. –  brasofilo Nov 9 '13 at 11:01
Deactivate wpml and see if that fixes your problem. –  John P Bloch Feb 3 at 22:05
Any progress on that question? –  kaiser Feb 18 at 2:37

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