If English isn’t your first language, or if you speak English but aren’t super fluent of proficient, trying to learn WordPress can be like trying to learn two new languages: WordPress/PHP and English. Unfortunately, there’s not really a shortcut for learning WordPress or PHP, but there is a shortcut to translating the English of your WordPress dashboard to your native language to make things a lot easier and more clear.
There are a few plugins out there that offer translation features, and they’re all pretty good. Previously, we’ve written about the WordPress Multi Lingual Plugin, which is similar to the one we’re going to talk about today. This plugin, however, has less features, so it’s more lightweight, but it still gets the translation job done very well.
The Loco Translate plugin is a great, lightweight option for taking care of your WordPress translation needs. The plugin acts as a native translation editor for the WordPress dashboard and admin area, and it provides in-browser editing of translation files. This means that it allows you to create and update language files directly within your theme or within the plugin. The goal of the plugin is to make translation quick, easy, and painless, so it also supports about a dozen keyboard shortcuts to make the translation editing process super easy and speedy. Another cool feature of the plugin is that it allows you to extract and translate strings straight from WordPress’s source code. It also comes with a directory that you can use to save your custom translations, along with the option to perform backups to make sure that your translations are secure and not going anywhere.
If you’re looking for a translation plugin that gets the job done while being lightweight and very intuitive and easy to use, Loco Translator is a great option for you. If you’re struggling with all of the English on your WordPress dashboard and in the source code, install this plugin today and give it a go!