Translating Simply Schedule Appointments

Simply Schedule Appointments is translation-ready and is translated using the WordPress translation system. Anyone can contribute translations, but it can take a significant amount of time for those translations to be reviewed and approved by the team of volunteers that oversees the process.

Additionally, a translation isn’t considered complete until 95% of the strings are translated, reviewed, and approved. Only complete translations are downloaded and installed by default. So we’ve provided a tool to make it easy to download and use in-progress translations right away. The translations work whether you’re using a global WordPress language setting, a user language setting, or a multilingual plugin.

Available translations

By default, Simply Schedule Appointments is available in U.S. English. As of November 2019, we have eight other translations far enough along to be usable for many cases:

  1. German / Deutsch
  2. Spanish (Spain) / Español
  3. Spanish (Mexico) / Español de México
  4. French (France) / Français
  5. Dutch / Nederlands
  6. Polish / Polski
  7. Portuguese (Portugal) / Português
  8. Portuguese (Brazil) / Português do Brasil

If there’s another language you’d like to use that’s missing, you can contribute a translation in your language.

Download and install a translation

To download and install an in-progress language pack, head to SettingsTranslations.

Screen shot of the link to the translations settings page

The translations settings link

On the translation screen, select one of the available translations from the dropdown menu:

Screen shot of the language selection form and submit button

Select a language

Then click the Download and install button.

The language pack will be fetched, downloaded, and installed into the correct folder on your WordPress site.

Installed language packs

You’ll see the language packs that you’ve downloaded listed at the bottom of the screen:

Screen shot of the list of language packs downloaded and installed

List of language packs that have been installed

Under the name of the language pack, there’s a link to Improve this translation. If you see any missing or incorrect translations, you can use this link to head right to where you can fix them.

On the right, you’ll see a refresh button that can be used to get a fresh copy of the language pack. This is handy for cases where you or other users have contributed new translations and you want those to be available for your site.

Using your language pack

Once you’ve got your language pack downloaded and installed, there are three different ways that you can put that to use on your site:

1. Set the global language for your site

From the WordPress dashboard, head to Settings General and look for the Site Language setting:

Screen shot of the site language setting

Site language setting in general settings

2. Set the language for your user

Each user can select their own language. To change your preferred language for your user, from the WordPress dashboard, head to Users > Your profile and look for the Language setting:

Screen shot of the user language setting

User language setting on a user’s profile page

3. Use a multilingual plugin

If your site should be available in multiple languages, set up a multilingual plugin like WPML or Polylang. Those will let you define a set of languages in which your site should be available and help you through getting all of your content translated.