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Translation not working (I’ve tried everything! Help please)

  • kafic


    The BuddyPress translation of my website is not working. I’m using it for the first time, but I followed EVERY tutorial here and outside here as well, and nothing seems to work for me.

    Wordpress Version: 4.4.2
    BuddyPress Version: 2.5.2
    Theme: Thrive

    First I translated with Poedit, then I uploaded the .po and .mo files to /wp-content/languages/buddypress (I didn´t have the BuddyPress folder so I created one as they told me to do in the tutorial here.

    I have both archives named correctly in this folder, as: and buddypress-pt_BR.po. I tried to upload this to wp-content/languages/plugins too and nothing happens.

    wp-config file already has define(‘WPLANG’, ‘pt_BR’);
    And my WordPress settings are set to Portuguese language as well. Also the header of my WordPress site has the <html class=”no-js” lang=”pt-BR”>

    I don´t know what to do anymore…
    Please can someone help me with this?

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  • celziobiaz


    I had the same issue with CZ language: I had some strange character in my language file, i started it again from scratch and it worked just fine.

    I found also this: BuddyPress translation packages are only updated if the translation is at 100% translated, if you do not see your language after updating your translations, please consider contributing to the the BuddyPress translation project.




    Since WP 4.0, you no more need to add the language constant to wp-config.
    Read from here:

    Concerning brazilian portuguese, the WP translation file is named
    Once this file is stored in wp-content/languages/, you select pt_br as site language from dashboard > General > site language. This is slightly different from other languages like german or french, who appear as a name in the list and not as de_DE or fr_FR.

    To get BuddyPress in brazilian, you simply add the to wp-content/languages/plugins/ directory

    Tested as ok on a beta install of WP 4.5RC2 and BP 2.6alpha

    Portuguese Brazilian translations files
    WP Stable 4.4.x pt_BR
    BuddyPress 2.5.x stable pt_BR

    At the botom of these pages, select Machine Object Message Catalog before exporting.

    And to get a plain translation of WordPress dashboard, don’t forget to export (stored as sub-project on the left sidebar of

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