I'm trying to translate a WordPress template. I went to language files, there were already 3 languages so I copied one of it (es_ES.po in my case), then opened that copy with Poedit and started translating to my language (Arabic). After finishing the translation, I changed the WordPress language from the dashboard, but the language didn't change in the template, it kept being English. Any idea why this happens?

These are the language instructions from functions.php:

load_theme_textdomain( 'mundothemes', get_template_directory() . '/idiomas' );
$locale = get_locale();
$locale_file = get_template_directory() . "/idiomas/$locale.php";
if ( is_readable( $locale_file ) )
require_once( $locale_file );

and here is a screenshot of the language folder:

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  • did you generate a .mo file and placed it in the right place? – Mark Kaplun Sep 19 '16 at 20:05
  • yeah, i have edit my question and include screenshot of the language folder – Messi Adrinho Sep 19 '16 at 20:19

Can you please try this code in your theme functions.php and tell us what locale do you get on the screen?

die( var_dump( get_locale() ) );

If get_locale() value is not ar_AR then that explains why it won't load your translation. and you may need to adjust/change the locale file name ( the .mo file ) in your language folder.

  • sorry, but answers should be answers. What you ask should be a comment to the question – Mark Kaplun Sep 19 '16 at 20:04
  • I was unable to add comment to him. that's why – Ahmed Fouad Sep 19 '16 at 20:07
  • it gives me string 'ar' (length=2) – Messi Adrinho Sep 19 '16 at 20:47
  • In such case, please try to rename the po/mo files from ar_AR.mo to ar.mo only so that the file name match exactly what's returned from get_locale() and see if that solves the problem – Ahmed Fouad Sep 19 '16 at 20:48
  • i have change the .mo file name to ar and it works super fine now, thank you – Messi Adrinho Sep 19 '16 at 20:49

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