Beginner's Guide for WordPress / Start your WordPress Blog in minutes

How to Easily Create a Multilingual WordPress Site

Do you want to translate your WordPress site into multiple languages?

WordPress powers more than 43% of all websites on the internet. Many of them serve non-English or multilingual audiences.

In this article, we will show you how to easily create a multilingual WordPress site. We will cover three different solutions, so you can choose the one that works best for you.

With each solution, you’ll be able to easily translate your WordPress posts, pages, tags, categories, and themes into as many languages as you like.

Create multilingual WordPress site

What is a Multilingual WordPress Website?

A multilingual WordPress website serves the same content in multiple languages. It can automatically redirect users to a language based on their region, or users can select their preferred language using a dropdown link.

There are a few different approaches used to create a multilingual website.

The first approach allows you to manually translate all the content into languages of your choice with the help of human translators.

The second method does not actually create a multilingual site but uses machine translations of your existing content by using auto-translate services.

However, Google Translate has stopped supporting new accounts for website translation. The other options are either not free or not very good in quality.

It goes without saying that manually translating your content is a much better approach. This allows you to maintain quality throughout your website. You can translate the content yourself or hire professionals to do that.

Getting Started with Your Multilingual WordPress Site

To create a multilingual WordPress website, you need the following items:

  • A domain name (This is your website address that users will type into the search bar to visit your site, like, for example)
  • WordPress hosting (This is where your website’s files are stored)
  • A multilingual WordPress plugin

If you don’t have hosting or a domain name yet, we recommend using Bluehost. It’s one of the largest hosting companies in the world, and it’s officially recommended by

Plus, Bluehost is offering WPBeginner users a free domain name, free SSL certificate, and 60% discount on hosting. Basically, you can get started for as low as $2.75 per month.

If you are looking for an alternative hosting solution, then we also recommend Hostinger. It also offers a free domain name, SSL certificate, and a generous discount on hosting.

After signing up for hosting, you can follow this tutorial on how to make a WordPress site for step-by-step instructions.

Choosing a WordPress Multilingual Plugin

There are several WordPress plugins that you can use to translate your website into multiple languages. You need to choose a plugin that helps you easily manage translations without making things unnecessarily difficult for your users.

In this guide, we will show you three of the top WordPress multilingual plugins with step-by-step instructions on how to set them up.

If you know which plugin you are going with, then you can directly jump to the instructions.

All three of them come with the necessary features you’ll need to make a robust multilingual website.

  • They allow you to translate posts, pages, products, and other post types
  • You can easily translate your categories, tags, plugins, and themes
  • They allow you to set up SEO friendly URLs for each language

With that said, let’s get started.

1. Create a Multilingual WordPress Website Using TranslatePress

TranslatePress is one of the best WordPress translation plugins on the market. It is a bit different than other solutions mentioned in this guide.

Normally, multilingual plugins ask you to create multiple versions of the same article in order to translate it. TranslatePress allows you to create translations at the same time.

It also allows you to use a live editor to translate all the visual aspects of your website.

Most importantly, you can combine machine and human translations. This means you can use Google Translate or similar AI-powered tools to generate machine translations and only improve the parts that artificial intelligence missed.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the TranslatePress plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

If you want to translate your website to more than one language, then you will also need to install the ‘Extra Languages’ add-on. You can do this from the download addons button under your account on the TranslatePress website.

Download extra languages addon

After downloading the add-on, you can install and activate it like any other WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Settings » TranslatePress page to configure plugin settings.

Add your license key

First, you need to switch to the license tab and enter your license key. You can find this information under your account on the TranslatePress website.

After that, you need to switch to the ‘General’ settings tab to set up other settings.

General settings in TranslationPress

The first option on the page is to choose the default language of your website and the languages you want to translate your website into.

Next, you need to choose whether you want to display language names in the native language. The default option is ‘No’ which means language names will be shown in the default language.

After that, you need to choose whether you want to display the default language name in the URL as a subdirectory. For example,

The default choice is no which means only the other languages will have the language name in the URL as a subdirectory. We recommend leaving this setting as-is for WordPress SEO.

More TranslationPress general settings

This brings you to the next setting, ‘Force language in custom links’. The default option is ‘Yes’ because that will change custom links for translated languages, making the URLs more SEO-friendly.

Next, you need to choose whether you want to use Google Translate for automatic translations. The default choice is ‘No’, but you can change that if you would like to use Google Translate.

You will need to provide a Google Translate API key in the next option. You will find a link under the option, which will show you instructions on how to get one.

Finally, you will come to the options on how you want to display the language switcher on your website. TranslatePress provides you with three choices.

You can use a shortcode, add a switcher to your navigation menu, or display a floating menu. We will show you how to add the language switcher to your website later in this article.

Go ahead and click on the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

Translating Your Website Content

To translate your website, you can simply click on the ‘Translate Site’ tab on the plugin’s settings page or the button in your WordPress admin bar.

Click the translate site button

This will open the live translation editor in a new browser tab.

In this live editor, you can click on any text on your website in the right pane and TranslatePress will load it in the left column to translate.

Translate your site

Now click on the language you want to translate the string into and then provide your translation.

After entering the translation, click the ‘Save Translation’ button on the top and then click on the ‘Next’ button. TranslatePress will automatically load the next string on the page for you to translate.

You can also just click on the drop-down menu below your default language, and it will show you the list of translatable text strings on the page. You can select a string and then provide its translation.

Translation strings

You can translate all content on any page. This includes navigation menus, buttons, sidebar widgets, meta-text, and more.

You can also visit any page by clicking on the links on the screen and start translating that page.

TranslatePress allows you to instantly translate any page or post on your site when logged in. Simply click on the ‘Translate Page’ button on the top to enter the live editor.

Translate page button

Once you have translated a string, the plugin will automatically translate it for you in other places. For example, if you translated a post title, then the post title in your sidebar widgets will be automatically translated.

Adding Language Switcher to Your Website

Language switcher allows your website visitors to select a language when they visit your website. It usually displays the flag of each country to indicate languages available on your site.

TranslatePress allows you to add a language switcher by using a shortcode, as a navigation menu item, or as a floating banner. The language switcher can be displayed as flags, language names, or both.

Adding language switcher in WordPress using shortcode

You just need to add [language-switcher] shortcode to posts, pages, or a sidebar widget where you want to display the language-switcher.

Shortcode switcher

Adding a language switcher to your WordPress navigation menu

Simply go to the Appearance » Menus page and click on the ‘Language Switcher’ tab in the left column. Now select the languages you want to display and then click on add to menu button.

Language switcher in menus

You will now see languages added to your WordPress navigation menu. Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Menu’ button to store your changes.

This is how it looked on our test site:

Language switcher in navigational menu

Adding a floating language switcher

Go to the Settings » TranslationPress page and head over to the General settings tab. After that, scroll down to the language switcher section.

From here make sure the box next to the ‘Floating language selection’ option is checked.

Floating language selection

Don’t forget to save your changes.

You can now visit your website to see the floating language switcher at the bottom of every page on your website.

Floating language selection preview

2. Create a Multilingual WordPress Website Using WPML

WPML (short for WordPress Multi-lingual) is one of the oldest and most popular WordPress multilingual plugins.

First, you need to do is install and activate the WPML (WordPress Multi-language) plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, the plugin will add a new menu item labeled ‘WPML’ in your WordPress menu. Clicking on it for the first time will take you to the plugin’s settings wizard.

WPML content language

WPML will automatically detect your WordPress site’s language. You can change it here now if you want.

After that, click on the ‘Next’ button to continue.

On the next screen, you will be asked to select the languages you want to enable on your site. Simply select the languages from the list that you want to add to your site.

Select translation language

You can always add or remove languages later if you need them. Once you have selected the languages, click on the ‘Next’ button.

Now, you will be asked to add a language switcher to your site. This language switcher will allow your users to choose a language to view content in their preferred language.

Language switcher WPML

WPML allows you to automatically add a content switcher as a sidebar widget, in your navigation menu, a plain list, or in the footer area.

Next, you will be asked if you like to send a compatibility report to WPML regarding the plugin and themes you are using.

Disable compatibility alerts

It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to send this data to WPML.

As the final step, you will be asked to enter your site key. If you have not generated one yet, then you can click on the ‘Generate a key for this site’ button.

Enter site key

This will take you to the WPML website, where you will be asked to add the site you are coming from to your WPML account.

Once your site is added, you can click on it to get to your site key. Copy and paste this key into your WordPress site.

That’s all you have successfully finished the WPML setup wizard. You can now click on the Finish button to exit the setup.

Adding Multilingual Content into WordPress with WPML

WPML makes it really easy to translate every area of your WordPress site into multiple languages.

You will be able to easily translate your WordPress posts, pages, tags, categories, and themes into as many languages as you like.

Adding Multilingual Posts and Pages

Simply click on the posts menu to view your existing posts. You will notice the language column next to your post titles.

Translate post and pages

WPML assumes that your existing content is in your site’s primary language. It will show Add buttons for each language next to your posts. Click on the add button (+) under a language to translate a post.

You can also manage translations by editing a post.

On the post edit screen, you will notice the new ‘Language’ meta box to manage translations.

Manage editing while editing posts

WPML also offers a better way to manage users who work as translators on your website. If you purchase their Multilingual CMS Plan, then you can use their translation management module.

The translation management module allows you to add users as translators regardless of what role they have on your WordPress site. You can even add subscribers as translators. Instead of editing posts, these translators will be able to add translations directly in WPML.

Adding Translations for Categories and Tags

WPML allows you to easily translate categories and tags, or any other custom taxonomies that you may be using.

Visit WPML » Taxonomy Translation and load the custom taxonomies you want to translate.

For example, in this screenshot, we selected categories, and it displayed all categories from our example site.

WPML categories

Click on the add (+) button next to the taxonomy term to add the translation.

Translating Navigation Menus

WordPress comes with a robust navigation menu system. WPML allows you to translate it just like you would translate posts or taxonomies.

Visit the Appearance » Menus page on your site. If you have more than one menu, then select the menu you want to translate.

In the right-hand column, you will see your menu with links to translate into other languages enabled on your site.

Translate navigational menu

Clicking on a language will create a new menu for that language. You will need to add the same menu items as in your primary language menu.

If you have your pages and posts in navigation menus, then you will first need to translate them. After that, you can add them from the tabs on the left in the edit menu screens.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save’ button to save your menu.

Note: If you are using a WordPress theme that uses the full site editor, then you can edit your navigation menus under WPML » Translation Management.

Translate menus in site editor

Translating Themes, Plugins, & Other Text with WPML

WPML multilingual CMS allows you to choose between official translations of themes and plugins or use its own string translator.

Go to WPML » Themes and plugins localization page.

Theme and plugin localization

By default, WPML will look for your plugin’s translation files if they are available, and use them.

However, if your WordPress theme or WordPress plugins are not translated into the languages you are using, then you can translate them using the WPML string translation feature.

WPML string translation

Simply scan your theme or plugin to load the strings and then start translating those strings.

This module will also allow you to translate custom fields, widgets, and other translatable strings generated by WordPress.

3. Create Multilingual WordPress Website Using Polylang

Polylang is a free WordPress multilingual plugin with more than 700,000 active installs. It allows you to easily create a multilingual website without purchasing the premium version.

Note: If you are running WooCommerce or need support, then you may want to upgrade to the Polylang Pro or purchase their WooCommerce addon.

For this tutorial, we’ll be using the free version of the plugin.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Polylang plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Languages » Languages page to configure the plugin.

Polylang settings

The language settings page is divided into three tabs. The first tab is labeled ‘Languages’. This is where you add the languages you want to use on your site.

You will need to add the default language, as well as select all other languages that users can choose on your site.

After adding the languages, switch to the ‘Strings Translations’ tab. Here you need to translate the site title, description, and then choose the date and time format.

String translations

Next, you need to visit the Languages » Settings page. From here you can set the URL settings for languages and set up SEO-friendly URLs.

Set URL translations

To change the URL settings, simply click the ‘Settings’ option under URL modifications. After that, you can configure your URLs and choose whether you’d like to show the language in your links.

For example, you can show URLs such as on your website.

Set URL translations

Once you are done, click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Translating Content in WordPress with Polylang

Polylang makes it super easy to add content in different languages. Simply create a new post/page or edit an existing one. On the post edit screen, you will notice the language meta box.

Language metabox Polylang

Your default language will automatically be selected, so you can first add content in your default language, and then translate it into others.

To translate, you need to click on the + button next to a language under ‘Translations’ and then add content for that language.

Repeat the process for all languages. Once you are done, you can publish your posts and pages.

Translating Categories, Tags, and Custom Taxonomies

You can also translate categories and tags, or any custom taxonomies you may be using.

If you want to translate categories, then go to Posts » Categories.

Translate categories

Add a category in your default language and then click on the plus icon for each language to start adding translations.

Displaying Language Switcher on Your WordPress Site

Adding a language switcher allows users to select a language when viewing your site. Polylang makes it super simple.

Just go to Appearance » Widgets and then click the ‘+’ button at the top to add the ‘Language Switcher’ widget block to your sidebar or another widget-ready area.

Add language switcher widget

You can now enter a title for your widget, enable options for showing a dropdown, displaying language names, hiding current languages, and more.

Change language switcher widget settings

Once you are done, click the ‘Update’ button to store your widget settings.

You can now preview your site to see the language switcher in action.

Language switcher preview

FAQs About Creating a Multilingual WordPress Site

Having helped thousands of beginners start their websites, we know a thing or two about making a multilingual website. Following are some of the top questions we have been asked about multilingual WordPress websites.

1. Which WordPress multilingual plugin is the best?

All three plugins mentioned in this guide are the best. However, they are slightly different in some aspects.

If you are a beginner looking for an easier solution then we recommend using TranslatePress. Its live editor makes translations easier.

Advanced users and eCommerce websites may find WPML more comprehensive for their needs. Lastly, if you are looking for a free solution, then Polylang is the best option for you.

2. How to translate my WordPress admin area for users?

WordPress allows each user on your website to select the admin interface language. They simply need to edit their user profile and there they will find the option to select language.

User language

3. How do I translate my WordPress theme?

All three plugins will allow you to automatically fetch theme translations. You can also find and translate a WordPress theme by yourself and then upload translation files to your website.

4. How do I translate a WordPress plugin?

Many of the top WordPress plugins are translation-ready. However, they may not be translated into all languages. TranslatePress and WPML allow you to easily translate strings within the plugin interface.

You can also translate WordPress plugins on your own and upload the translations to your website manually.

We hope this article helped you learn how to make a multilingual WordPress site like a pro. You may also want to see our guide on how to easily get more traffic to your website and the best live chat software for small businesses.

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: Our content is reader-supported. This means if you click on some of our links, then we may earn a commission. See how WPBeginner is funded, why it matters, and how you can support us. Here's our editorial process.

The Ultimate WordPress Toolkit

Get FREE access to our toolkit - a collection of WordPress related products and resources that every professional should have!

Reader Interactions

209 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Hey WPBeginner readers,
    Did you know you can win exciting prizes by commenting on WPBeginner?
    Every month, our top blog commenters will win HUGE rewards, including premium WordPress plugin licenses and cash prizes.
    You can get more details about the contest from here.
    Start sharing your thoughts below to stand a chance to win!

  2. Hi, when I add the plugin to my site my menu disappears. I also have my recent log posts on the front page and they also disappear. Any fix to this?

  3. You seriously need to make it very much clearer that when you use you cannot add plugins.
    I have just discovered this and neither on WP site (including this site) or on the WPML site did it say YOU NEED TO BE ON WP.ORG!!!!

  4. click on flag language change but video no change
    sir i want click on flag language with video change sir plz help me now

  5. Great Post,
    for me worked at the first attempt. I’ve also created a custom widget area and placed the Language switcher widget inside of it and, great it works. Thank you for the tutorial!

  6. hey thanks buddy a great help, and did worked for me. but i am stucked in home page, i dont want to create static page or a static page with dynamic feature, i am just using my post as my home page as the theme i am working on provide me different section to post static data and regular posts as well. but i dont know how and from where to enter that static content for home page.

  7. Hello! I am trying to do as you say, I downloaded the polylang but when I tried to add it to the plugging setting, it says “uploading your own pluggins is not available on”

    What can I do to active this polylang feature? This is urgent!

    Thank you!

  8. Hi there!

    I am trying to convert my website into a bilingual site using Polyland, but the video only shows how to add posts in multiple languages. I have only pages (we’re an advertising agency), and no posts, and I cannot find a solution to translate pages and menu options. Would you please be able to advice?

  9. Hi there!

    Thanks a ton for this wonderful post. You’ve made my day!

    I’m relatively new to WordPress and would like to know that when I use Polylang plugin on a WooCommerce website, how will I be able to translate default texts like “Add to Cart”, “Quick View”, “View Cart”, “Checkout”, etc.

    Basically, I’m looking forward to create an online store with options of selecting languages from English/ Russian from the front-end and get the complete translations in a proper way.

    Thanks in advance.

  10. Hi,

    installed the plugin but
    1/ there is not option to set the default language
    2/ after installing the plugin and following the tutorial I had 2 languages, including English which should be the default language. However when trying to visit the English version I have an error and actually can’t access the site anymore

    Can you help with that?



  11. Hi there,
    Thank you for this tutorial. I don’t know why, but I don’t have the language option in the setting in my dashboard. Could you help, please?
    many thanks

  12. Does polylang use many resource? I’m asking this because I’m using free hosting now (as I’m just a student without jobs, paid hosting are too expensive >_<) and free hosting have limits on resource, plus it is on shared server :3

    If polylang use many resource then I might make separate sites (with separate free hosting) for English and Malay, but if it uses less resource then I will stay on one site and just use polylang…

    – Muhammad Nur Hidayat (Nicknamed MNH48) –

  13. Thanks for this tutorial.

    I have a strange request from my client: to translate site to something around 5 languages, BUT widget must show over 20 flags. How he wants it to work: USA, UK, Australia flags, for example, must lead to the same translated English content. The same with Spanish (Spain and latin America flags), and some other languages.

    How could I do this with this plugin? Is this plugin support such features?

  14. I like Polylang, but how can I get some of the pages ONLY in one language. For example, if I make website to learn Italian, I don’t need Italians wandering around…
    The thing is that when I get it up and running, I need to have ALL web pages in ALL languages and this is a bit annoying.
    Can anyone help with that?

  15. Doesn’t it have south Indian languages Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam? If not, is there any other plugin having those languages?

  16. I have istalled the plugin for the multilanguages and now my website is off….please help. What can I do to have my website live again.

  17. Hi,

    Thanks for the information.
    I am new and have little knowledge on WordPress. I would like to have my WordPress website in 3 different languages. Can you please let me know if the plugin allow the visitors view the pages of my website in other languages as it is done in this website:

    1. When browsing in one particular page if you click to the language icon you will be taken to the same page but in different language (not to the home page). I would like to have similar.
    2. It would be if it would be possible to edit the links (to have links in German for German version of the page) like here

    Could you please advise if it would be possible with the plugin to do the same as it is done in the reference website ?
    Many thanks for your patience

  18. Hello,

    amazing article :)
    but if I can.. there may be another solution for having a multi-lingual website easily.. with human-powered translations and of course FREE

  19. Thank you for this tutorial!
    I never thought there is an option for enabling multi language in a same WordPress blog!
    I am running a small blog for about 2 months. If I install and activate this plugin, will this hurt my blog SEO?
    Thanks again!

    • I tried with the google translation plugin but my account does not allowed me, is this only for payed accounts? Thanks

  20. Dear,

    my site is in English language , but I want to add Bangla language. When I add Bangla the website looks new. The site is no more if i set language in Bangla. and the English lanuage is already exists. But when I add English, it looks again empty. How I would do make all English existence blog onto this form. Please help. I am waiting to get your answer

    • I have also tested this plugin for Bangla language. I got the same issue, But I have figured it out too. First add English language, then it’ll be your primary language. Then add Bangla. You need to set all your Menus newly. I got no alternative way for this.

  21. Hello everyone

    I am creating a holidays website and I wish to know how to add the countries and cites to the website to let the customers choose the place they would like to go to.
    Can you please tell me how ? I been looking for nearly 1 week but I couldn’t find it .
    Thank you

  22. Amazing video – you managed to condense this rather complicated subject to a 2:30 video. Nice.

    I think people aren’t aware that there is a huge difference between the plugin solution and the Multisite.

    I have written a rather long post about which solution is recommended, and for which type of site:

  23. Fantastic! With a minimum of fuss, I got the site up, running and looking good! Thanks! Slight changes due to the new version, but nothing hard to figure out.

  24. I have an “orphan” theme I bought from Shotzz by WPTitan that was abandoned a few years ago. So suggesting we contact the theme support doesn’t work for those of us with orphans. I tried “converting” to a newer theme but its a no go. I am stuck or i have to completely redo my site in order to get my site bilingual. thanks

  25. Careful with the WPML plugin!!
    I have been using the WPML plugin for some time… what was to follow was a nightmare… we ran the plugin for a 2nd language for quite some time… and then figured that the plugin was quite a resource hog – as measured by: P3 (Plugin Performace Profiler). We saw that 70% of the resources consumed on our website were by this Plugin. And that by removing WPML we could speed up response time of our website by up to 50%.

    So we decided to uninstall the plugin and run the 2nd language manually. What was to follow was and still is an ongoing nightmare.

    WPML the plugin from hell, will modify the database irreversibly. So that after uninstalling the plugin the database is compromised.

    The result is that permalinks on the website are wrong. We had countless conversations with WPML support and they could not provide a solution. So we have now programmer working on this manually changing links in the site… back to what they are supposed to be.

    All hell broke loose when we upgraded from WP version 4.3 to 4.4 – that is when the links in the site got screwed up.

    And we have to pay dearly for this reparation of the site. Our programmer is still working on getting rid of the damage that WPML did to our website.

    So be very careful betting your site on the WPML plugin. For us it turned out to be a huge mistake.
    And we had to learn that their support sucks greatly.

    • Hello.

      I use the Divi Theme 3.0 from Elegant Themes

      I need to translate my website and I’m looking for an automatic or automatic with manual revision enabled translation.

      Look here how WPML works with Divi Theme:

      Do you think that WPML still is a bad choice? Could you comment on the above post?

      Thank you.

  26. My website go down after I added the new language (english-US) to the list.
    The error display :
    “Server error


    Then I can not access my admin page also with the same error.
    Would you please advise what to do ?

  27. for my taste it gets cluttered to fast since polylang creates a new post for each translation ….

  28. This was exactly what I needed to know to help a client who is a Japanese consultant. Thanks so much. Hopefully when I actually try it, it will be as easy as it appears in your video.

  29. How can I use different footers for the two different languages on my site?
    Thanks in advance.

  30. Thanks a lot for this tutorial. I just tried it out though and have one question:
    Once I install Polylang, my theme settings change automatically (Jupiter Theme) and I can´t see my logo and my menu anymore. I see the standard Jupiter header and the link “add menu” on the upper right corner. Have you also experienced such thing and how can I fix it?

    Thanks a lot in advance.

  31. This plugin Google Language Translator is having issues, is there any different plugin good as this one to use because this breaks the site. :( Kindly advise if anyone know, thank you.

  32. when i activate this plugin and apply this setting like tutorial all my post and pages disappear and when i deactivate it all back again

      • I saw no default language setting in the plugin, only in wp “settings”, “general” but not in the “languages” section. So the tutorial is incorrect or the newer perhaps version of the plugin is faulty. I had to deactivate and gracias a dios my site was okay.

  33. Amazing article and the video – thank you very much!

    Just one question, what do you think would be the best option to make a multilingual site (keeping English as the main backend language), which does not require translations – the content would differ depending on the language?

    thank you a lot again, very valuable site!

  34. Thank you for your very helpful website and clear instructions. Your tips helped me translate a website from top to bottom. Thank you again!


  35. Hi there, thanks for your very helpful tutorial. Would you happen to have any experience with this plugin combined with the OneEngine theme. The minute I install the Polylang plugin my menu disappears, which is quite essentials to have. Any tip or tricks to avoid this?
    Many thanks.

  36. Thank you for all tutorials you guys do and especially this one. Two questions tough: 1. Is there a way to move flags in the header menu in the upper right corner? 2. How to deal with new post subscriptions for multilingual blog, without sending ‘duplicate’ emails, for both languages to subscribers?

  37. Hi, how can i put flags to be side by side? Right now one is up and the other is below it?
    Thank you, Milena

  38. Does it work only for ? I’m trying to install it but my blog is supported by

    Thanks in advance

  39. Hi,

    Thanks for the helpful tutorial. So I get how to translate different pages and posts, but how do I translate a theme that is being edited via appearance -> customize? Thanks a lot.


  40. You’ve got an amazing site! So much useful advice, I’ve already used many of these, I don’t even remember how many, but you’re becoming my goto site :) The htaccess, the my own plugin (I never thought I could do this, and this got to be so simple!), and endless other things. I do not comment a lot, but reading this post now, with exactly what I needed explained so much in details, I just had to tell you: THANK YOU!!! Very much! For all you do! It is amazing how you go into all these details, with such quality. Thank you very much!

  41. Although I realise that this site basically is aimed at beginners, I find it kinda strange to actually include Google Translate in this article.

    Yes, you can use it to quickly translate a word or a short sentence perhaps, but a site?

    For many languages the “translations” that Google Translate offers are horrendous at best.

    That the translations for Dutch are far from great perhaps is understandable as it not only is a very difficult language, it’s also only spoken by a handful of people.

    But the two languages that are even (far) more popular than English, namely español (Spanish) and 中文 (Chinese) have incredible poor translations to and from English.

    I think especially to WordPress Beginners it is your responsibility to teach them the value of reliable content on their sites and that naturally includes translations.

    Also a good tip for people looking to offer their site’s content in different languages is that they should keep in mind that site visitors also expect to be able to fill in contact forms in those languages and expect to receive replies in their native tongue!

    • Piet we share and agree with your concerns. This is why we described in great details on how users can translate their own site using polylang.

      We have also described that using Google translations the quality of translations will not be good.

      However, we felt some users may just want to save visitors a visit to Google translate by offering it on their own site. Not all users can afford to get their site content translated into multiple languages.

  42. Thank you! I will test the Polylang plugin. I have been using older ones that have some issues in the new WordPress projects, so this post is very nice.

  43. Hi, would be great to have an article to compare this plugin to WPML or MultilingualPress. Multilingual website management can be more complicated than just translate post, pages and taxonomies and I’ve never found a good article on the Web about WordPress multilingual alternatives.

    • Just to second Mav35’s request for a “wordpress multilingual plugins compared” post! I have been using WPML for years and really like that it is backed by support. But it is EXTREMELY complex, so not something that I recommend to folks without the stomach for it. But maybe that’s just me? A more in-depth feature comparison might just change my mind!

      Thanks for all you do!

    • Just to third :) Mav35’s request. I was about to get WPML and pay them but I used polylang instead. The interfaces look simlar and not sure what I’m missing by not using WPML.

Leave A Reply

Thanks for choosing to leave a comment. Please keep in mind that all comments are moderated according to our comment policy, and your email address will NOT be published. Please Do NOT use keywords in the name field. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation.