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Add Polylang to WordPress Customizer

(February 2019) Refactored by Peder Andreas Nielsen at Dekode

This add-in gives you full Polylang support in WordPress customizer. By full support I mean that you customize each language site differently.

For backward compatibility I've elected to not use customizer changesets (this time).


  1. Polylang must be installed and activated.
  2. Add languages in Admin->Languages.
  3. If you have a static front page:
    1. Create a front page per language.
    2. In Admin->Settings-Reading, per language, select the front page.
  4. Expect customizer to use setting type = theme_mod (the customizer default) as in:
$wp_customize->add_setting( 'setting_id', [
	'type' => 'theme_mod', // the default, you don't have to set this
 ] );


  1. Clone or download this repository into your child theme root folder

  2. In your child theme functions.php add customizer-polylang.php:

    require_once get_stylesheet_directory() . '/customizer-polylang.php';


I got the idea from the customizer-export-import plugin.

I did this during work hours at the Norwegian Government Security and Service Organisation (DSS). We at DSS believe in sharing code.

Copyright and License

customizer-polylang.php and js/customizer-polylang.js is copyright 2017 Per Soderlind

customizer-polylang.php and js/customizer-polylang.js is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

customizer-polylang.php and js/customizer-polylang.js is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with the Extension. If not, see


An add-in that gives you full Polylang support in WordPress customizer.






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