I developed my own Block Theme.

The default language of my Wordpress installation is English (US).

If I change it to e.g. German (Switzerland), only a few words/sentences are translated in the dashboard:

Partially translated dashboard

Another example: When using the "Login/Out Block", I see the German text "Anmelden" in the Full Site Editor, but not in the published post on the front-end (where I still see "Log in").

I stumbled upon a post where he uses a Divi theme (which I don't), mentioning that when activating a default Wordpress theme the translations work.

So out of curiosity I temporarily activated the Twenty Twenty Four theme, and everything was translated as expected.

So now I'm left with the question:

What theme setting or detail am I missing?

  • 1
    What strings aren't translated? Divi needs its own translations for any strings that come from that theme. Jan 10 at 13:32
  • See the Internationalization docs for info on how to translate your theme.
    – Pat J
    Jan 10 at 13:41
  • Thanks for your feedbacks! I'm not using a Divi theme, I'm developing my own Block Theme. I added a screenshot that showcases the issue.. I couldn't find any new hint in the docs, I'm afraid.. It's not about translating strings in a template, I just want the Wordpress installation to run in a different language than the default.
    – beat
    Jan 11 at 14:45

1 Answer 1


Finally I found the issue!

The following filter was causing the theme to only translate partially:

function howdy_message($translated_text, $text, $domain) {
    $new_message = str_replace('Howdy', 'Aloha', $text);
    return $new_message;
add_filter('gettext', 'howdy_message', 10, 3);

I replaced it with the following that now works:

function howdy_message($translated, $text, $domain) {
    if (false !== strpos($text, 'Howdy'))
        return str_replace('Howdy', 'Aloha', $text);

    return $translated;
add_filter('gettext', 'howdy_message', 10, 3);

Why, I don’t know, but by stripping down my function.php bit by bit I managed to find the function that was causing the issue.

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