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  • Plus Edition
  • Pro Edition
  • Business Edition


Using our Translation tool, you can import the available translations offered on our WordPress Translation System.

To translate the booking app and admin app, you’ll need to:

  1. Download the Translation Pack
  2. Apply the Translation Pack to your site

Contributing Translations

Our translations are crowd-sourced, meaning our wonderful customers volunteer to add in these translations.

If you don’t see your language listed or some phrases are missing in your pack, please see our other guide on how you can contribute translations.

Available translations

By default, Simply Schedule Appointments is available in U.S. English. And as of March 2024, we also have the following translation packs far enough along to be usable for many cases:

  • Slovak / Slovenčina
  • Portuguese (Portugal) / Português
  • Portuguese (Brazil) / Português do Brasil
  • Hungarian / Magyar
  • Swedish / Svenska
  • Italian (Italy) / Italiano
  • Russian / Русский
  • Turkish /Türkçe
  • Estonian / Eesti
  • German (Formal) / Deutsch (Sie)
  • German / Deutsch
  • German / (Switzerland) / Deutsch (Schweiz)
  • German (Switzerland, Informal) / Deutsch (Schweiz, Du)
  • Czech / Čeština
  • Lithuanian / Lietuvių kalba
  • Chinese (Taiwan) / 繁體中文
  • Arabic / العربية
  • Spanish (Spain) / Español
  • Spanish (Mexico) / Español de México
  • Spanish (Venezuela) / Español de Venezuela
  • French (France) / Français
  • Dutch / Nederlands
  • Dutch (Belgium) / Nederlands (België)
  • Dutch (Formal) / Nederlands (Formeel)
  • Polish / Polski
  • Danish / Dansk
  • English (UK)
  • Slovenian / Slovenščina
  • Japanese / 日本語
  • Croatian / Hrvatski
  • Greek / Ελληνικά
  • Norwegian / Norsk bokmål
  • Icelandic / Íslenska
  • Romanian / Română

Downloading Translations

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

The Translation settings card in the SSA Settings page
The translation settings link

Select one of the available translations from the dropdown menu on the translation screen. Then click the Download and Install button.

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

The Translations dropdown field where you can select the language pack you'd like to download and install
Select a language

Installed Language Packs

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

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 find where you can fix them.

The language packs listed here are not Active on your site; you must manually activate them to take effect on your booking app.

The list of installed language packs in the Translations page
List of language packs that have been installed

Refreshing Language Packs

Since contributors are constantly improving our translations, it’s helpful now and then to refresh your language pack so that you can make sure you’re using the latest version.

Learn more about contributing to the language packs.

Using the Translation Pack

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

Your notification Subject and Messages don’t auto-translate; you must re-write them in your preferred language. Help guide: Emails Not Translating with Language Pack

If you don’t like the translations included in the pack, please see our guide on Editing Phrases and Labels in the Calendar.

Set the Global Language for Your Site

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

The WordPress Site Language Settings under the Site's General Settings
Site language setting in general settings

Set the Language for Your User

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

The WordPress User Language Settings under the Site's User Profile Settings
User language setting on a user’s profile page

Use a Multilingual Plugin

If your site should be available in multiple languages, set up a multilingual plugin like WPML or Polylang. These plugins help you with translating a site that uses multiple languages.

Also, a multilingual plugin on your website would allow for translating user-input strings, but it won’t translate the plugin’s content, as the Simply Schedule Appointments doesn’t directly integrate with WPML, Polylang, or any other multilingual plugin.

The translation language packs included in the plugin will help you translate all the hard-coded text in the plugin.

Using the SSA Locale Shortcode

The default [ssa_booking] shortcode displays the Booking Calendar in your site’s default language.

However, you can override your site’s default language by using the following shortcode format:

[ssa_booking ssa_locale="languageCodeHere"]

You can see a complete list of all the language codes here. The shortcode format uses the text highlighted in yellow underneath each language description:

The WordPress language directory with the language code highlighted under the Language title
Language codes highlighted in orange

For example, to display your booking calendar in Danish, the shortcode looks like this:

[ssa_booking ssa_locale="da_DK"]

Your language must be in our language pack list; if not, you’ll need to contribute translations to your language pack. See our other guide on how you can contribute to translation.

RTL Languages

SSA supports Right-to-Left languages, for example, Arabic, Hebrew, etc. When you display a booking calendar using a RTL language pack the icons, text, and other details on the booking app will appear ‘flipped’ horizontally to match the RTL text direction.

The Booking App is displayed in Arabic to show how the implementation of the RTL framework in Simply Schedule Appointments plugin.

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