Use a WordPress translate plugin to create a multilingual site
Having a multilingual WordPress site can increase your audience and your customer base among other things. It is not as involved as you might think. Many people recommend having a multisite setup or having separate WordPress installs for each language. That isn’t necessary if you use the right WordPress translate plugin. You can translate your WordPress posts, pages, categories and themes into as many languages as you like, all on the same site with the help of a translate WordPress plugin. There are two approaches commonly used to create Multilanguage sites:
- Manual translation: Translating sites manually using a human translator is preferable in most cases, as the quality of the translation will be better. This requires more time and resources.
- Machine translations: This method involves using the Google translate service. It’s faster and requires less work, but translations tend to be inaccurate at times
How to create a multilingual WordPress site using human translation
- Install and activate the Polylang WordPress translate plugin. Once it is activated go to Settings > Languages
- Configure the plugin. The language settings page is divided into three tabs. Go to the first tab labeled Languages and add the default language. Also select the other languages that will be included on your site.
- Switch to the ‘Strings Translations’ tab. Here you must translate site title, description, and choose the date and time format
- Switch to the Settings tab. Choose a default language for your site and other technical settings. Select the option for detecting browser’s preferred language, and automatically show them the content in their preferred language. By doing this, the user will see the content in their preferred language and can switch languages if necessary
- Click on the save changes button
- Add content: Create a new post/page or edit an existing one. On the post edit screen, you will see the languages meta box. Your default language is automatically selected. Add content in your default language.
- Translate content into other languages. To translate click on the + button next to a language and add content for that language. Repeat the process for all languages. Once you are done, you can publish your posts and pages.
- Translate categories, go to Posts » Categories. Add a category in the default language. Click on the plus icon for each language to start adding translations.
- Add a language switcher. Go to Appearance > Widgets and add the language switcher widget to your sidebar or another widget-ready area. Choose a drop down, or use language names with flags. After you are done, click the save button to store widget settings. Now users can select a language when viewing your site
That’s it. With the help of a WordPress translate plugin; you have created a multilingual website that can be viewed in as many languages as you choose to add. There seems no end to the features you can add to WordPress sites using plugins. Yet everyday plugins are being developed by people who have identified a need that isn’t filled by an existing plugin. If you identify a need that isn’t being filled, but lack the technical skills to develop a plugin, our WordPress custom plugin development service can develop the plugin for you.
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