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Changes to the plugins translations delivery

Starting in June 2024, the MO translation files will be handled differently inside the Pro plugins distributed from the Dev4Press website. This change will affect all plugins when they are updated to shared library version 4.9.

All the translations are handled on the GlotPress instance on the Dev4Press website here. Translations with 90% of translated strings are included in the plugins, and that will not change. All the plugins will have the translations handled there. However, starting in June 2024, we are not to include translation MO files inside the plugin ZIP packages. There are a few reasons for this:

  • These translation files can be big, and they can increase the size of ZIP files significantly (especially since we have separate translations for shared library) on the off chance that you may use one of those files.
  • Translations are not updated very often because they are contributed by the community, and there is very low activity on that front, so most translations are outdated anyway. You can contribute and help with the translations on the Dev4Press Translate website; you need only a Dev4Press account.
  • You can download just the MO file from the Translate website and use it on your website, similar to WordPress, by using a centralized languages directory instead of adding MO files to the plugin. A detailed user guide for this is coming soon.

If there is enough interest, we are open in implementing automatic translations download, similar to what WordPress does for WordPress core, and plugins from WordPress.org. Let me know in the comments what you think about this, and what suggestions you maybe have for handling the translation files.

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Milan Petrovic
Milan Petrovic

CEO and Lead developer of Dev4Press Web Development company, working with WordPress since 2008, first as a freelancer, later founding own development company. Author of more than 250 plugins and more than 20 themes.

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