Internationalizing WordPress Plugins

Professional WordPress Plugin DevelopmentInternationalization is the act of preparing your plugin for use in any number of languages. WordPress uses U.S. English as its default language, but it has a large community of users who don’t read and write in English. This community pulls together to create translations of WordPress in languages used all around the world.

One of the goals of WordPress is to make it easy for people across the world to publish content. As a plugin developer, you can help democratize the publishing process for users of many different cultures. WordPress makes this easy for developers, so there are no development hurdles to cross when internationalizing your plugins.

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This article is chapter 5 "Internationalization" of the book Professional WordPress Plugin Development by Brad Williams, Ozh Richard, Justin Tadlock (ISBN: 978-0-470-91622-3, Wrox, 2011, Copyright John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) Also available in DRM-free PDF ebook.

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