Translating WordPress to German for Switzerland


  • Founder and DevOps ninja @openstream
  • Open source user and developer
  • Active WordPress, WooCommerce and Magento community member 
  • Wannabe blogger


  • The different German language packs
  • How to translate WordPress?
  • Creating language and release packs
  • Multilingual WordPress done right
  • Discussion

German WordPress Translations

  • German → German (Formal) – 100%
  • German – 100%
  • German (Switzerland) → German (Switzerland) Formal – 100%
  • German (Switzerland) – 0%
  • Swiss German → Swiss German (Formal) – 88%
  • Swiss German – 74%

How to translate WordPress?


There are two weekly meetings on in #polyglots. Wednesdays at 12:00 UTC and Thursdays at 2:00 UTC.

Creating Language Packs

  • Language Packs
  • Release Packages

Everything is automated as of WordPress 4.1

WordPress 4.1 polyglot instruction manual

Rosetta Site for de_CH

Rosetta Site for gsw

WordPress Dashboard

Multilingual WordPress

  • Babble
  • Polylang
  • WPML (paid)

Blog post Multilingual WordPress done right

Multilingual content is definitely going to happen [in core] at some point, but there’s a lot of different markers that probably need to happen first for it to make sense for each of these steps to occur.

Andrew Nacin at WordCamp SF 2014

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