How to Easily Create a Multilingual WordPress Site
Do you want to translate your site into multiple languages? Well keep readingin this article. I’ll walk you through how to translate your site into multiple languages in WordPress. I’ll show you two different methods
The first method is the preferred method simply because you have complete control over the translation of your site. That also means you’ll have to do the translation though. So to get started let’s head over to our WordPress dashboard. We’ll be installing a plugin for the first one so let’s go to plugins, add new.
The plug-in we’re looking for is called polylang and this is the one we want so we’ll click install now.
Once it’s done installing we’ll also want to make sure that we click activate. So let’s click on languages;
From here you want to add all of the languages that you want to translate your site into.
Make sure you add the native language that your site is in first because you want to have all languages in this section.
Once you add all of the languages you’ll notice that zero posts are assigned to any language
and you also see this notification that there are post categories or tags without a default language.
So you can go in to select all of them to the default language
and since we added our main language first it automatically will default them to that.
Next we can move on to the translation part, so you want to go into the posts that you want to do,
pick the one that you want to translate, go into edit
and now you have the language default here.
You can simply add the French translation here
and once you have the French translation going on now you’ll want to type this in the French version. Once you see once we have the French version selected it’s a little daunting because it then turns into a blank page and you’ll want to fill out all the information for the French version and once you’re done you can go to all posts to get an idea of all of the posts that you need to translate.
We see all of them are already translated in the default English language and then from here you can click on the plus to start translating it into the language that you want. Now if you don’t have time to manually go through this process the next method might work for you and that is by installing the Google Language Translator plugin.
If we’re adding this plugin you won’t need to have the polylang plugin so let’s go back to our plugins area, installed plugins,
delete the polylang.
I’m going to go up to plugins add new
and we’re looking for Google Language Translator.
This isdeact the translator that we want so let’s click install now. Once it’s installed you want to go ahead and activate it. Now it’s activated you can either go to settings here
or it’s also can be found under settings here.
Making sure that this is checked that means that it would be activated
and what you can do is go down here and pick all of the languages that you want to be available for anybody who visits.
Scrolling down here you can choose to show or hide the language switcher.
We’ll keep that, you can also have a toolbar and whether or not to show the widget right now that we’ve set up all of our settings let’s go ahead and save our changes
and then we’ll take a look at our site
and see it in action and you see down here we have the translate
so I can click on French to have it automatically translate in that language
and then you see the toolbar pop-up appear. So there’s a couple of really simple and easy ways to create a multilingual WordPress site.