I want to add a string to a pot document for language, but it says there’s an error. I have opened file .pot with a text editor and I have add this code

msgid “”
“Read more”
msgstr “”

while in my file I have add this one

<?php _e( ‘Read more’, ‘sydney-child’ ); ?>

Then I have downloaded file .pot and I have opened it with Poedit, I have add the translation “Read more”, but when I update it says: “Source code not available. Translations can’t be uploaded by source code because there is no source code in the path specified in catalog properties” (the message was Italian, so I hope to have well translated in English)

Can anyone help me? Thanks

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Well, the way I work with Poedit is:

  • Open Poedit
  • Open the .pot file with Poedit
  • Define the language of the translation
  • Find the info you want to translate on the left collumn
  • Place the translation on the right collumn
  • Save the .po
  • Compile the .mo
  • Save both on the 'language' folder of the theme

Since you are trying to create a term where it doesn't exists, the second line of your first step looks incorrect.

#: theme-name.php:123 // the reference
msgid "Page Title" // the original term
msgstr "" // the translation

Reference: https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/functionality/localization/

  • Hi Marcelo, my problem is that I want to add the info to translate, because there wasn't in the theme originally. So I have read to open the file .pot and add that code. Isn't it right? Sep 25, 2017 at 8:45
  • Ok, my bad, I missunderstood that. In the first part of the code, seems wrong. The correct would be: msgid “Read more” . Try the documentation page link . Sep 25, 2017 at 9:08
  • I edited my question to be more clear Sep 25, 2017 at 9:12
  • Hi Marcelo, unfortunately it doesn't still work. I have installed another plugin, Loco Translate, and this way I have understood I have badly configured my child theme because it says "Unconfigured bundle. This bundle isn't set up for translation in a way we understand. It needs configuring before you can do any translations.". While modifying file po of parent theme it works. Can you tell me how I have to set up the child theme? Sep 25, 2017 at 15:29
  • You can use a plugin: wordpress.org/plugins/child-theme-configurator Or you can see the Codex: codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes Sep 25, 2017 at 15:52

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