I am using Zerif Lite as theme for my WordPress website. It is developed for English users, but 98% of the theme settings and Customizer are translated (in french for me).

I have checked the languages directory looking for .mo, .po and .pot files but nothing related to the french translation.

I have done a research (search tool in DreamWeaver) into the whole Wordpress directory with a french string found into the theme settings, but nothing found either.

I cannot figure out how the theme is able to translate everything. Thanks for any help.

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    Have you asked the people at Zerif? Maybe they know how they pulled this trick.
    – cjbj
    Nov 25, 2016 at 13:33
  • @cjbj: That's what I am planning to do if no answer, but after having a look on their support about some other issues, I'd rather start asking here ^_^
    – EdenSource
    Nov 25, 2016 at 13:46

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There are three usual possibilities:

  1. Translation files somewhere in theme's directory.
  2. Translation files in site's directory, defined by WP_LANG_DIR constant (typically wp-content/languages).
  3. Theme's original strings are in different language, so that is its default state and it needs to be translated to English.
  • You were right, there is a theme directory in wp-content/languages where I can find zerif-lite-fr_FR .po and .mo files. Thanks a lot for your greatly appreciated help. Still another mistery... Why DreamWeaver didn't found a string in that files that I can now manually find ? Well, I am now able to translate missing parts, thanks again !
    – EdenSource
    Nov 25, 2016 at 15:13

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