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Last Updated: August 24, 2015

Translate Suffusion Theme into Another Language tutorial will help you to translate your Suffusion theme into the language of your choice as long as it has been translated and found in Suffusion translate website.

Latest News: I have updated some of the information below.

Information: Translating Suffusion theme only translate the front end. It does not translate the back end “Suffusion Options” , which some might be under the impression that it does.  

What you need:

  • Suffusion Translation files. You will find all the available translated files on this link.
  • FTP program or cpanel File Manager. I use filezilla which is free.
  • A text editor, I use notepad in Windows. It must be a plain text editor.
  • You might like to read Sayontan’s tips at Translation Suffusion.

Hint: Remember to keep saving all your changes. You might want to create a backup just in case. 

Translate Suffusion Theme Into Another Language Steps

Step 1 ) The following text “Posted by” will be an example of what gets translated into Spanish, the language of my choice. See image below.


Step 2 ) Lets add a folder to our child theme “suffu-scion”. You need to name the folder translation. See image below.


Step 3 ) We have to make sure that the folder has the correct attributes. In WordPress all folders should have 755 attribute. If you use filezilla ftp program, right click on the folder on your server to change the attributes. See image below.


Step 4 ) The following files were downloaded and unzipped from suffusion’s translated URL.

Two files unzipped:

1) es_ES.mo
2) es_ES.po

Note: Make sure you remember where you downloaded the files.

Step 5 ) Copy the following two files into the new folder created on step 2.

Files to copy:

1) es_ES.mo
2) es_ES.po

Remember these files were download from suffusion’s translated URL and unzipped locally to your hard disk. See image below.


Step 6 ) Click on your WordPress root folder, in my case it is wptest. Look for the following file wp-config.php. Drag the file to your computer so that you can edit the file. See image below.


Important: The following option does not apply any more if you are running WordPress 4 and above. Click the following URL WordPress 4 deprecates the WPLANG constant to read more about it.

Step 7 ) Open the file with a plain text editor. If you are using Windows operating system then use notepad. Add your language code, in this tutorial I am translating Suffusion front end into Spanish so I added es_ES. Save your file

Remember only use a plain text editors. See image below


Step 8 ) Upload wp-config.php back to the same location you downloaded the file from in Step 6 ) above.


Step 9 ) Go back to your browser and make sure you refresh the browser. You should see the translated text, Escrito por. Of course there will be more areas translated according to the language file you uploaded to your server, but I only wanted to point to this line for you to see the changes. See image below.


Very simple to translate into your language.

I will be updating this tutorial from time to time so keep coming back for the latest.

More suffusion tutorials:

Manuel Ballesta RuizManuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

  14 Responses to “Translate Suffusion Theme Into Another Language”

  1. this was very helpfull information thanks for posting

  2. Thanks for your help. I have my blog (adult content) with a designed theme special for it. Now is too old and doesn’t have features for the newest versions of WordPress.
    After spend a lot of time searching for a good theme, I decided install Suffusion. Lots os options! Maybe too much. But well, I’m trying to set up everything the way I need.

    My question is. I want to change the default lenguage into Spanish. I do everything you say but, once I’ve uploaded the lenguage files, I see no changes and a message saying that I have to do it in a Child Theme.

    There’s no other option? And, what do you think about Child Themes? Do you recommend to do it?

    Thanks for your help. Great job.

    Max Cortés

    • Hi Max and thank you for your question. If you follow the instructions as you mentioned you did, it will change your language into Spanish. Remember that this only changes the front part of the website. It does not change the theme admin panel into Spanish or any other language. If you don’t see the front part changed into Spanish then there is something you either left out or there might be some plugin conflicting with the language file. Cache plugins sometimes causes issues while updating themes or adding language files. One of the options that you could do if you have a cache plugin is delete the cache and after you perform the updates, cache the content again.

      In regards to the child theme, yes I highly recommend using a child theme. You will always have to update the theme and if you do any adjustment which I am sure you will carry out, they will be lost the moment you update the theme. Suffusion has a child theme for your to download and set it up without you having to do much work except download and activate the child theme.

      If you have any more questions please let me know.

      Kind regards

  3. Hi:

    I made all settings to translate to Spanish suffuccion theme.
    – Definition of language in wp-content-config
    translation-folder with files in themea es.mo es.po and son
    But weighing all, the comment form texts are not translated.
    my site is http://comoperderpesonaturalmente.com/ can give me some suggestions.
    Thanks and kind regards

    • Hello Joshep, thank you for your question. I had a look at your issue and they have reported that in Suffusion support forum. You can read more about it here

      If you really want to translate those words into Spanish, you might want to open up the file comments.php in Suffusion theme folder and look at line 110 for “You may use these” and change those words. It looks like this is the only option for now until they fix that issue or bug.

      I hope this helps you. If you need any more information please let me know.

      Kind regards

  4. Hey there, I followed your instructions strictly. I did everything you say, but in the end my website is not translated.

    Why could that be?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Martin, thank you for your question. I had a look at your website which is in Greek correct? When you say “But in the end my website is not translated”. What exactly do you mean?


  5. Hello all
    I created the above mentioned Webpage. I wanted to use the german transalation. Therefore I copied the “mo” and “po” file to the wp-Content Directory and I changed the config-file to –> define (‘WPLANG’, ‘de_DE’); It only partly works:
    Some of the tags are in german now but some like everything in context with “leave a reply” are still in english. HAs anybody an idea why this doesn’t work correctly.
    Rgds Hans Hinnen

    • Hi Hinnen, thank you for your question. In regards to the theme German translation, when you say it partly works. You know that the translation only translates the front end and not the backend of the theme? Also did you place your mo and po files in the translation folder within Suffusion?

  6. Thank you for your help. I now copied two normal translation files (mo/po) and two admin-po/mo files to suffussion-Translation-Directory. It Looks better but still is a mixture between german and english. On the same side for example it states: Add comments (e), Hinterlasse eine Antwort (g), Your Comment (e), Kommentar absenden (g).
    Would you have an idea what could be wrong?
    Rgds Hans

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