WordPress has become one of the most popular open source Content Management Systems, and now powers and supports more than 60,000,000 blogs and sites from all over the world.
Since WordPress is so widely used all over the world, there is an inherent need for site contents to be displayed in different languages. Now with eCommerce sites also being constructed with WordPress, it is quite important to make one single site with multiple language compatibility. This can make the sites usable for people speaking different languages. Multilingual plugins from WordPress are developed for this very purpose.
WordPress is a wonderful platform that is both simple and complicated at the same time. Designers and developers can find it hard to explain WordPress fundamentals to clients. “If only,” I thought, “I was standing over my client’s shoulder telling him what to do”. Then, suddenly, it hit me! I’d seen tutorial videos on Youtube where someone talks over a recording of their screen. I could do that, I thought, how difficult could that be!
In part one of this series, we looked at WPML, the popular translation/multilanguage plugin. Part two focused on the plugin’s more advanced features and extension options.
But what if WPML is just not for you, for whatever reason? Here are some alternatives to consider.
In part one of this series, we saw how WPML can help you to serve the main contents of your site in more than one language, and how those various translations can be linked to eachother, so that a translation of anything is just one click away.
But, that was just limited to posts, pages, categories and menus — really just the core WordPress functionalities. It’s really just the tip of the iceberg, and we can go much further with that. Let’s look at some options that will make a site truly translateable, with some WPML add-on plugins that are either very handy, or apply to very popular plugins.
So, I live in Montreal, Quebec (that’s Canada). You might wonder why that is relevant information on a site like this, where we deal with WordPress development.
Over here, English and French are spoken. And so the issue of having a fully bilingual site comes up more often than not. Using WordPress, do we tackle this by creating 2 separate websites, each in its own language? Or maybe just create one site but have 2 versions for each and every individual post/page?
Have you ever heard of a theme has built in front-end and back-end multilingual support for over 14 languages? No? Me neither, but there’s one out!
Langwitch has just launched, exclusive to ThemeForest. Feedback is good till now, with a good number of satisfied customers. It also seems to be generating a lot of interest. It is one of those do-everything themes, so it will most likely garner split-feedback, as many people in the WordPress community are advocating for a return to simplicity in WordPress themes.
The WPML plugin is one of the most successful ever in the WordPress ecosystem, and the team behind it is now looking for full time remote plugin testers.
This is a great opportunity for those of you who have PHP skills and are looking for a job that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
WPML 3.0 has been released. You will be greeted with a neater interface, better multilingual WooCommerce support, improved menu synchronization, improvements for Google and more.