Several multilingual extensions exist and each one has its own particularities. Today we present to you the most famous of all: WPML, the must-have multilingual plugin for WordPress!
What is a multilingual plug-in used for?
To benefit from a site accessible in several languages, it is essential to install a plug-in appropriate to this type of need. The goal? Automatically translate content from:
- your website or blog,
- the articles,
- the pages,
Indeed, depending on your activity and the customers you are targeting, you will undoubtedly need a bilingual or even multilingual site.
But you still have to choose the right extension! Plugins, like WPML, make this heavy task easier for you. But what are the advantages and uses of this must-have multilingual WordPress plugin? And especially how to use it? This is what we invite you to discover through the next lines.
Why choose WPML, the multilingual WordPress plugin?
Simple and convenient to use
WPML simplifies the operation of a multilingual site, whatever its field of activity (e-commerce, marketing agency, travel agency, etc.). The owner simply chooses the languages of his choice in order to facilitate the translation of the content. The basic installation has more than 40 different languages.
For those who want to add variations under each language, just use the WPML language editor. By way of illustration, French can be broken down into Canadian French and English into American or British English. The site administrator can, at any time, modify the languages, add and delete them as they wish..
WPML: an innovative translation manager
Once your multilingual website has been created, you will need to ensure that visitors understand its content and know how to navigate your site without difficulty. This is where WPML plays a key role. You no longer need to hire a translator thanks to the state-of-the-art translation manager integrated into the plug-in. You are free to choose the translation service that best suits your needs.
A gold nugget for e-merchants
Do you dream of expanding your e-commerce activities internationally? To reach as many foreign customers as possible, you must first start by creating a multilingual site. WPML is the ideal plug-in for developing WooCommerce-type platforms.
You benefit from personalized assistance on simple services, sales, promotions and other WooCommerce peculiarities. This simplifies your task in managing your e-commerce and therefore your potential customers. WPML informs you about texts that require translation.
The plug-in then takes care of creating the entire translated store. Prospects will thus have easy access to the list of products and the approval of orders on the one hand. On the other hand, they can receive notifications about new products by email. All this in the different languages of your choice.
WPML is compatible with the majority of WordPress themes
The WordPress WPML plugin is accessible under Multilingual Blog and Multilingual CMS versions. You don’t have to do anything special! Indeed, the themes are already ready to use. You just have to select the one that suits you best thanks to the API functions. WordPress and WPML will take care of the rest. The extension is also compatible with PREMIUM form extensions such as Gravity Forms.
The first step is to install and activate the WPML extension. You should know that this is a paid plug-in. You must therefore go to the WPML site to be able to activate it.
Then you download it and manually install the plug-in.
Once the installation is complete, remember to register in order to benefit from all future automatic updates.
You will then have to download the different components of WPML according to your needs:
The four main components of WPML:
- WPML Multilingual CMS : The main plugin makes WordPress multilingual. It adds the basic translation commands and allows to translate the content.
- String Translation : The String Translation plugin allows you to translate interface strings directly from WordPress without having to use .mo files.
- Translation Management : When your customers receive their newly created multilingual site, your work ends and theirs begins. The Translation Management plug-in allows site administrators to manage their translation jobs.
- Media Translation : This plugin allows you to use the WordPress Gallery in different languages. You can control which images will be displayed for each language.
The next step is to take a look at the WordPress dashboard. Click on Extensions then Add. Click the downloaded ZIP files one by one to install them on your website. Upon activation, a new option called WPML will be integrated into your site. By clicking on it, you will have access to configuration assistance.
You will then be asked to choose the languages you want to activate on the site. You can return to this tab at any time to add, modify or remove one or more languages over time. Then comes the step related to the choice of the language selector. This is a feature that will help your visitors to select the language of their choice when viewing the content on your site.
With WPML, you can install the language choice right in your main menu. You have the choice between using the “text” format or opting for the “flag” icon relating to the languages chosen. Once this presentation is confirmed, all you have to do is enter the key to your website.
Translating articles and pages with WPML
In your article editor, you will now have access to a new column dedicated to languages next to the titles. Click on the “add” option, under a language, to automatically translate an article.
You are free to insert already translated content into your website. You can also add translators who will work directly through WordPress with the WPML plugin. The “Translator” status can be found in the “User” menu. An interesting feature for those who often use the services of an external translator.
With WPML, you can translate the menus accessible on your site at will, in the language of your choice. All you have to do is go to the “Appearance” option then click on “Menus”.
Then choose the menu you want to translate. By choosing a language, a new menu specific to that language appears on the screen. Be sure to translate the articles or pages first, in which case they will not be accessible in your navigation menu.