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How to Easily Create a Multilingual WordPress Site

How to Easily Create a Multilingual WordPress Site



Not all websites are in English or just a single language. Are you looking to have your site boe more than one language? W’ve helped many users understand the tools to make their sites multilingual. In this video, we will show you how to easily create a multilingual WordPress site.

For our first recommended method we will be using the polylang plugin that you are able to find here:

The plugin will add a Languages section to your site where you can select the languages to list as available to your visitors. Start by adding the native language as you want all languages including the language your posts are originally in. There will be no posts set to either languange and you should have an option at the top of the page to include all of the posts into the default language.

With that set up you can begin editing the posts to have a version in a different language. There are two methods to begin setting up the posts in your other languages you can either edit the post and on the top right there will be a plus icon next to the language flag or you can click the plus icon on the post you want to add to when viewing the list of your posts.

The second method you could use to translate your site would be the Google Language Translator plugin found here:

With the plugin installed and activated you would want to go under Settings, Google Language Translator and ensure that the Plugin status is checked for it to be active for the plugin to work properly. From that settings page you will be able to select the languages you want to translate your site into for your visitors. The translations for your site to become multilingual are automatically generated by Google with this method.

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Comments ( 29 )

  1. Hey, is it true that I need the business plan in order to install this plug in? or is there another way? I have the Premium Plan…

  2. Great video, it helped me alot. I can't even have imagine!

  3. Really well explained! Thank you very much!

  4. How about SEO with Polylang? Can you easily index on Google in the other language so you can rank just as well with keywords as you do in your original language?

  5. English language has an American flag, must be a mistake..

  6. Thank you for this great tutorial. Does this Google Translate Plug In translates all the plugins as well? Thank you in advance.

  7. You've translated the posts, but how do you translate the main pages? And what does it look like on the main page? Does it show an option to switch between languages?

  8. Excellent, so easy to follow! Thank you!

  9. I didn't understand this for the Polylang plugin: how does the site visitor switch languages, and how can I customize/control the buttons/menus for this.

  10. you didnt even finish the tutorial for polylang !!

  11. I have made my website multilingual, but my webshop does not want to change. how do i do this?
    http://www.motas.nl

  12. I think it is better to install 2 copies of wordpress for each language

  13. Important note. Do not do an auto translation. It will translate a lot wrong. You must do it yourself or pay a person to do it.

  14. This plugin destroy the whole page design for some reason, when it's activated

  15. Thank you, I have done this and it worked, but the only problem is that even when I am on the 2nd language of one of my pages, when I click on the menu, it takes me to the 1st (original) language page. So for example, I am on my page with the 1st language, then I click on the flag and it takes me to the 2nd language (works perfect), then I click on my menu to take me to the start page, but it takes me to the 1st language start page. Somehow the menu is only linked to the 1st language. Is there any way to fix this?
    Thank you.

  16. Thanks a lot for this tutorial. In need to translate my wpsite and this video is a very good start.

  17. In Hebrew, שלום is written in reverse 🙂

  18. Hello Syed,
    what is your take on using boths plugins. I.e. polylang for the languages you can indeed properly translate and the Google Language Translation for a couple of languages that you know you could get customers interested in? Thanks. Sonia

  19. Syed, thank you for this very insightful video. A couple of questions:
    1) the first plug in also works for pages and listings (i.e. real estate listings)?
    2) can we correct the automatic translation of the google plugin? sometime these automatic translations are not quite correct…?
    Thanks for your reply.

  20. I didn't understand how users will be able to change language when using the first option (the manual one)?

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