HRM Work Tracking plugin: getting it working

Complexity: Medium (You need to muck around with a configuration file)

The HRM Work Tracking plugin allows you to set your intended hours for a month and track them whenever you log into your WordPress system. It’s the only work tracking plugin we’ve found that doesn’t require a full-blown project management system to run.

It’s tricky however to get the language correct. HRM ‘out of the box’ is set to a German which is okay except that some WordPress installs don’t have language explicitly set. When this happens, the language in the plugin is in German and the only way you can get it to English is to change a configuration file.

To fix you need:

  • An FTP application (we use Filezilla for windows, mac or ubuntu, or Cyberduck for the mac)
  • Your username and password to your wordpress domain

Note: While you could change the configuration file in WordPress, this way is NOT RECOMMENDED; if you make a mistake there’s no Undo.

First you need to find your wpconfig.php file. This is found in the top level FTP directory. Open this and scroll down to the following section:

// Change this to localize WordPress. A corresponding MO file for the
 // chosen language must be installed to wp-includes/languages.
 // For example, install to wp-includes/languages and set WPLANG to 'de'
 // to enable German language support.
 define ('WPLANG', '');

Between the single quotes, enter


And now save.

Next you have to:

  • deactivate the plugin
  • log out of WordPress
  • log back into WordPress
  • reactivate the plugin

And at this point, the language will be set.


Author: gotheek

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