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Change default texts via PO file?

Posted: July 31, 2018 at 12:37 am


July 31, 2018 at 12:37 am

Hi there,
I have a client who wants about 10 wording changes throughout their event booking pages – along the lines of change ‘Price’ to ‘Fee, change ‘Register’ to ‘Open’, change ‘Sold Out’ to ‘Closed’ etc. Do you think this would be possible via a language file? And if so, can you advise where to access the files/instructions I need to do that?

Thank you.


  • Support Staff

July 31, 2018 at 3:28 am

Hi there,

Yes, you should be able to change pretty much any text within EE using PO/MO files. Some strings aren’t as obvious, for example ‘Sold Out’ has 2 different strings:

Both of those need translating as they are used in different sections.

You can follow the steps posted here to translate EE using PO/MO files:

If you are unsure on any part just let us know and we’ll help clarify.


August 5, 2018 at 6:21 am

Thank you for the suggestion. I could use the translation English → English. If I create a MO file, how do I make Event Espresso use that file since I am not strictly speaking switching to another language?


  • Support Staff

August 6, 2018 at 3:13 am

You can just place the file in /wp-content/uploads/espresso/languages/ and EE will read it.

The format is event_espresso-{locale}.mo

So for English US it would be


August 6, 2018 at 7:36 pm

Thank you.
For some reason in the Settings page the language was showing as event_espresso-en_US but I changed it to English (United States) and that made it work.


  • Support Staff

August 7, 2018 at 2:26 am

Are you sure you put the file in the correct location?


It should NOT be in:


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