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  • Hi all,

    I have a site that’s written in British English (I don’t use the en_GB plugin, I just wrote it and ignored the spell check suggestions). The feedback from my American friends is that they’d like it in American English, but friends from Australia and the UK want it in British English.

    I’ve looked at qtranslate and similar plugins, but they don’t have a separate en_GB .mo file. I’ve searched the WordPress forums and come across a post (link at the end of this post) so there may be one out there but I don’t know how to get it.
    I have very basic code editing skills, but editing an .mo file is beyond me. I could re-write the site in British and American English, but then I wouldn’t know how to automatically redirect people based on their ip address and it’d mess with any site translation plugin I install later (and I’d like it in multiple languages in the not-too-distant future)

    I’m thinking I could try:
    1) finding an en_GB .mo file
    2) install the en_GB plugin and qtranslate plugin, create an empty en_US .mo file in the language directory on my server and hope that when a user selected the US flag icon, qtranslate would override the en_GB plugin

    Any suggestions?

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  • Christine Rondeau


    Volunteer Forum Moderator

    Is there that much difference? Do the words colour and flavour offend so much?
    I live in Canada and use UK English all the time. I’ve never even asked US folks if they mind.

    I think that this is a lot of work for nothing.

    If this site is for a client, I would focus on the main language of your client, but if it’s your own personal site, I would just stick with what’s easiest for you.

    Hi Christine, thanks for answering so quickly!

    There isn’t that much difference to me, but it’s a for a business site; the business is web-based, so I want to be able to reach people worldwide. I use UK English all the time when I’m emailing people in the US and they don’t mind at all, but when I showed the website to those same people their first question was “are you only targeting people in the UK?”
    I assume that if the site were in US English then people in the UK, Australia and English-speaking Canada would assume it was for US clients only.

    It’s a simple site, so I could easily duplicate the pages in the different versions of English, but then I still wouldn’t have an easy way of redirecting people.

    P.S. here’s the link to the post I was referring to, I can’t get the link code to work

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