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I want my website to be in English and French, but I'm not sure how to make this happen. I have an excel spreadsheet with French translations for each English page in the site.

How to translations work? I would prefer to code it myself instead of using a plugin.

Thanks!

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I'd recommend you using Loco Translate plugin to create a translation. If you are creating a theme, you should specify the Text Domain and Domain Path in your style.css file.

/*
Theme Name: My Theme Name
Author: My Name
Author URI: http://sample.url
Description: Your theme description
Version: 1.0.0
Text Domain: mydomain
Domain Path: /lang
*/

Next, add some text in your theme.

<?php echo __( 'Hello there', 'mydomain' ); ?>

Then go to your wp-admin and you should find Hello there text and translate it to any languages you wish.

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