What plugin language should I chose? Is English mandatory? (4 posts)

  1. jancbeck
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hello I'm new to plugin development and I'm planing my first release of a plugin that let's you easily import real estate objects from immobilienscout24.de.
    Immobilienscout is a German website and the target audience of the plugin are German speaking real estate agents and german developers.

    Until now I have only used strings in German language inside the plugin although I made them translatable _e( 'This way.' ).
    Now I'm thinking about submitting it to the WP repo and start to ask my self if that was a good idea. What if a real estate agent from Germany hires a developer from India to build a website that promotes houses to investors in russia?

    Maybe I'm overthinking this but my main question is:
    Is it mandatory to submit a plugin in English? Will this hinder my plugin submission process? Can I submit a readme.txt in German?

  2. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 4 years ago #

    "Is it mandatory to submit a plugin in English? "

    "Will this hinder my plugin submission process?"

    Everyone does not speak/read/write English so there is no need for them to be in English. It does not hinder a plugin at all - do submit it :)

    If you ask for a translation someone may do one for you.

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    There is nothing that says English is mandatory in the detailed plugin submission guidelines but I would imagine that you'll get a bigger potential audience if you use English. You could always include the German language pack as part of the default download.

  4. jancbeck
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thank you both! I will definitely consider support for English for future releases but right now I have to focus on getting it done at all.

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