WPML vs XILI Language

Tempted to forego the purchase of WPML and go with the free Xili-language plugin? Take a look at this comparison first and then decide for yourself.

Tempted to forego the purchase of WPML and go with the free Xili-language plugin? Take a look at this comparison of these two WordPress Multi Lingual plugins first and then decide for yourself.

Xili language is similar to qTranslate multi lingual plugin in that it does not create any new database tables, rather it mixes all the language content within the wp_posts table. By mixing all languages together in the database, you are reducing flexibility and extensibility.

WPML was originally ported over from Drupal, a system widely commended for its code design virtues. Drupal in fact does not operate in mixed content mode when it comes to multilanguage features, but separates things as WPML does.

Apart from this issue of separation, WPML provides a more complete solution for multilanguage websites. It can handle everything you would need to throw at it:

  • Posts
  • Pages
  • Menus
  • Custom Post Types
  • Custom Fields
  • Taxonomies
  • Theme strings
  • Dashboard translation
  • etc…

Not to mention that it also integrates with the ICanLocalize translation services, through which you can have all your content translated using the translators managed by this company. The same people behind WPML also manage ICanLocalize, so you get a fully packaged solution to your multilingual needs.

Finally, ICanLocalize is a paid product and with your payment comes the developers’ responsibility to provide you with good quality and timely support. This is probably the single biggest advantage to using WPML over Xili language, which is a free plugin with no fixed commitment to provide you with support and customisation help when you need it.

xili-language is a good WordPress multi lingual plugin solution for a simple blog, however for a complete website you should be running WPML. Also keep in mind that you might be running a small site now, but in the future that small site might grow exponentially, and you don’t want the headaches that come with porting content from a multilanguage plugin that has hit its limits. So start right and go with WPML, thousands of website administrators have gone down this route and they haven’t been disappointed. We are ready to bet that neither will you!

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Jean Galea
Jean Galea
Jean Galea is an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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One Response

  1. “By mixing all languages together in the database, you are reducing flexibility and extensibility.”

    I am sorry, I do not understand that line. How does adding languages into the existing posts table reduce flexibility or extensibility? WordPress has built in feature to interact with the posts table, and even post meta, creating your own tables means you need to go outside of that and implement custom functions that you then have to test and may or may not break on updates. Plus the WordPress functions are already tied to some pretty useful hooks that make tapping into things very convenient. Your statement does not make sense or stand on its own. Could you address it in more depth to let your readers know why the posts table is no good?

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