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Let's begin with a backdrop of why multilingual websites are becoming increasingly important. Most of the worlds are multilingual. Considering that English is very much anchored today as a lingua franca, it becomes clear that an immense number of websites - at least English plus one other lingua franca - will need it.
That is already the case in large parts of Europe, where multiple linguistic skills are commonly used and English is the main working idiom. Companies that want to reach a larger scale in Europe usually offer contents in their own native tongue and English for everyone else. A similar picture emerges in Asia, where in addition to English for the remainder of the globe, there are also offerings in Thai and Japanese.
It is also geographical near enough to other major markets in Spain and Portugal to make multilingual contents a rewarding return on your investments. The lack of multilingual contents means for many on-line companies, especially in the field of eCommerce, that cash is on the tables - a fault that only few companies can make today.
Maybe a little surprising, WordPress still has no multilingual front-end tool integrated into its kernel. Of course, the backend has long been available in a variety of different nationalities. Dropping developer-friendly feature like voice packages will be introduced, and internationalisation is definitely on the main focus of the key staff - as you can see from Andrew Nacin's talk below.
This suggests that distributing your real contents to different target groups usually still involves the use of third-party software as well. There are a number of different approaches to dealing with this issue, as described in the WordPress Codex, for example Google Translate, using WordPress Multisite, multilingual per contribution and a postal per linguistic approaches.
The last one is the one of the tools we will use for the remainder of this article: the WPML plug-in from Adobe WPMLSystems. Since its introduction in 2007, WPML has been the dominating multilingual WordPress plug-in and is used on a large number of websites around the world. Initially a free plug-in, the program is now available in three major license types, all of which are available for use in multi-site environments:
A multilingual blog: These versions provide essential translations of articles, pages, catagories, tag and menu. CMS in multiple languages: It provides user-defined field and widget assistance, as well as language conversion capabilities and full WPML module based add-ons such as WooCommerce. It is available for a one-time charge of $79 plus annual renewal of $39. Multilingual CMS Lifetime:
The same as policy line two, but without extensions. The WPML is divided between kernel and add-on plug-ins. In order to do this, we have created a Avada installation where the cafe demonstration is downloaded as an example. You may want to have the WPML dokumentation at your fingertips before we get started as you continue.
The installation of WPML itself is child's play. For our case we have chosen the Multilingual CMS version. Start by going to the WPML page after your order to get your file. WPML String Translation and WPML Translation Management will be loaded in parallel to the kernel plug-in. Just browse and upload the appropriate file, just like any other plug-in.
After activating the kernel plug-in, you have the possibility to go to the Getting Started instructions, which is useful if you are using WPML for the first one. You can generate this code by signing into your WPML accounts and posting a website under My Websites. We are now prepared to establish a speech.
Establishing a voice is an uncomplicated procedure. Browse to WPML > Localization and select your standard localization, other current language(s), and switch localization settings. The next window allows you to select your main and all other available foreign-language for your website. In this example we have added English, Flemish, French and Irish and then chosen a basic switch between them.
For complete instructions on the switching option, see the WPML manual. You have several ways to include the switch in your Avada website. Step 1 is to activate the special WPML Menu Language Switching option. Technique 2 is to provide a special WPML Language Swicher shortcut on your website that can be added to pages, postings, footing widgets, Widget areas, and even the Avada Theme Option tagline field for the headers of these sample pages.
Methode 1: The WPML Language Switching Option: You want the switch to be added to the home page and you have made the following changes in the Setup screen: Methode 2: The example of the WPML language switch shortcode: Short code added to the Tagline For 3 header field: So far things look good, but we should take a moment to describe the possibilities available to you in relation to domain names and directory names before actually add some multilingual feed.
There are three fundamental ways for you to decide how your contents are divided by country: Of course, most humans will choose one of the two choices one or two. It is a major subject, and outside the major focus of this paper, but WPML offers a number of great resource to further research on their website:
A multilingual AEO. For our case, we just chose the Folders checkbox in the locale settings, which you can select under WPML > Languages > Languages URL form. Let us now turn to the translation of some current contents. If you go to the WordPress Dashboard >> Pages section, you will see a plus character for each of the languages, for each page you have made.
Our chosen main working language is Danish, Spanish, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Finnish, French as well as Italian (English is the main language). If you click on the + symbol, you will be taken to the WPML page contents translator page, where you can access all translateable contents and assets: If you click on this button, you will receive a copy of your current contents and structures in your native speaker version, which you can then freely work on.
For our case, we translate the contents of the page'About us' into English, whereby the new page at the frontend looks like the finished translation: This is a good beginning in relation to the basic contents, but what about the meals? When you begin filling in your contents, you will find that WPML provides them as possible alternative options under WPML > WP Teaming.
In the meantime we have established the destination country and have the possibility to manage key contents and menu in both of them. We are very successful in building a multilingual website! WPML is a module based approach as described above. Character strings translation: WPML Web Translator allows you to view all website contents outside of articles, pages or taxes.
Translate media: With the plug-in you can localise pictures, sound and videos. Translations management: With the plug-in you can precisely manage the real translations of your contents. The WPML is not the only one on the shelves. When searching for other multilingual choices, note the following: Multi-site installation: WordPress's multi-site capabilities give you the toolkit to implement your own multilingual essential solutions when you're ready to lay the foundations.
The search for a dependable and long-term translating and interpreting system can be a difficult undertaking, especially if you do not know the relevant tongues. Own ressources, if available, are often the best solutions. When you have someone on your staff who is a mother -tongue of your targeted tongue and knows your range of products or services, it is obvious that they can be an outstanding interpreter for your website.
With the Professional Translations feature, WPML gives you instant acces to two different translators from within the tool: By far, WPML is the premier multilingual plug-in for WordPress and the best integration with Avada. I hope this paper has given you some good hints on how to get started with WPML.
Download WPML plug-ins and sign up for your product. Select your preferred tongues and configure the switch. Benefit from the enhanced WPML plugin capabilities. Of course, once you start operating, there is much more WPML and Avada can work together. Contact us in the commentaries below and let us know if there is a particular part of Avada and WPML that you would like to see further explored in our upcoming articles!