Simone - a free accessible responsive WordPress theme

Help translate Simone to your language

Simone, the free WordPress theme I released in May to coincide with the release of the WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores course on lynda.com, broke 7000 downloads today and is becoming a popular option for WordPress users worldwide.

To make the theme as accessible as possible to anyone and everyone who wants to use it I’ve started adding translation files for languages other than English. As of this writing Simone ships with Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish translation files in addition to the default English. Now I’m reaching out to you to get Simone translated into your language.

Translating Simone

If you want to take part in this endeavour you have two options:

  1. Fork Simone on GitHub, translate the strings with an app like PoEdit, and submit a pull request.
  2. Use this simple Google form to translate the strings and I’ll build the translation files for you

If you are a WordPress user or developer I recommend trying out method 1, if nothing else to learn how to use GitHub and translate WordPress themes. I may even create a short tutorial video for this sometime in the near future.

If you are not comfortable with all this GitHub and PoEdit stuff, just fill out the form and be done with it.

Regardless of what path you choose you’ll be credited for your efforts and you can put a feather in your cap and congratulate yourself on having made this theme even more accessible to the masses.

Your translations will be added in to updates of Simone as they come in so jump on board now and get the ball rolling.

Questions and corrections welcome

If you have a question about this or you find a translation that you feel doesn’t pass muster, leave a comment below and I will respond ASAP.


About Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a staff author at lynda.com specializing in WordPress and web design and development and an instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular speaker and educator on all things design, web standards and open source. As the owner and Web Head at Pink & Yellow Media, a boutique style digital media company in Burnaby, BC, Canada, he has created WordPress-based web solutions for multi-national companies, political parties, banks, and small businesses and bloggers alike. He also contributes to the local WordPress community by organizing Meetups and WordCamps.

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