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Help translate Simone to your language

Help translate the free WordPress theme Simone into new languages.

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, 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.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly specializing in AI, bleeding edge web technologies, and the intersection between technology and humanity. He also occasionally teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular conference and workshop speaker on all things tech ethics, AI, web technologies, and open source.

16 replies on “Help translate Simone to your language”

How can I send you the Portuguese translations that I made for Simone? I made them with PoEdit.

If you know how to use GitHub you can submit a pull request. If not, just upload the file to any cloud hosting option (Dropbox, Google Drive, anything else) and send me the link and I’ll include it for you.


What version of Portuguese did you use? From Brazil or Portuguese? Did you already translate everything?


Not sure. I didn’t make the translation. The language code is pt_PT so I’m guessing it’s Portugal but I could be wrong. If you want to update it or add another translation you are free to do so. If you submit it I will include it.

Hi Morten,

Ik have recently submitted a new translation file for the Dutch language for your simone theme and use the form. But i have not had any responce or feedback. So I was wondering: Did you get that file and if so can you add it to your theme files at github please? I want to use it for my self and a client.


Just translated it to Swedish, don’t know how to fork on github etc, but am happy to send you a link to dropbox/drive or such. Where do I send the link? 🙂

Morten, Your course on building theme from underscores is just awesome. Thank you so much for your nice tutorial.

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