People convert HTML to WordPress theme or migrate from other platforms to expand the reach of their website. They must also learn to create a WordPress multilanguage website as it will be helpful in reaching new audiences. Creating a multilanguage setup does not require building a new interface. Instead, the content of the existing website is translated into different languages. This helps in communicating the vast majority of the world’s population which is not familiar with English. Multilanguage interfaces give visitors the convenience of browsing the content in the language of their choice. This sort of personalized user experience helps in fostering strong relationships with customers. WordPress website owners can use the following steps to add multilingual capabilities to their interface.
1. Install A Multilingual Plugin
Experienced WordPress users will be aware that plugins can be used to add almost any sort of functionality to websites. In order to create a multilingual interface, we will be using a plugin as well. Polylang is one of the most popular plugins that can be used to create a bilingual or multilingual interface. It is an open source product meaning that you do not require to pay any fee to download the plugin.
Access the admin dashboard of your website through your username and password. Go to “Plugins> Add new” in the menu. In the search field, enter the name of the plugin. Locate it in the search results and click on it to download its installation. Activate Polylang on your website and move to the next step.
2. Configure The Settings
We will now configure the settings of the activated plugin. In the menu of the admin dashboard, locate “Settings > Languages” and click on it. A new screen will open which will have three tabs. Click on the first tab called “Languages”. Use the dropdown menu to select the languages in which you want to translate your interface’s content. You can also choose the text direction of the translated content in this section.
Now move on to the “Strings Translations” tab. In this section, you will have to create translations of the site title and the description. You will also be required to select a preferred date and time format.
The final configurations will be made in the “Settings” tab. Click on the option to open its screen. The first option is for choosing a default language. Make your choice using the dropdown menu provided for the purpose. The next field is “URL modifications”. People who do not possess high levels of technical knowledge must select the first radio button. This will leave the URL unchanged so that if the plugin is deactivated in the future, there will be no broken links. People who want to optimize their multilingual website must select the second radio button. Check the box for “Detect browser language” and “Media” options. This will automatically display the content in a user’s preferred language.
Save the changes and move to the next step of the process for creating a WordPress multilanguage website.
3. Add Multilingual Content To The Website
You can now add content in multiple languages to your interface. Access your WordPress text editor from the dashboard. On the right-hand side, you will see the languages meta box. The default language chosen by a user will be visible on top. It will be followed by the “Translations” option with the selected languages listed below. Type or paste content in the default language in the editor. In order to translate the content, select the “+” button next to the chosen language. Repeat this process for all of the languages and then hit “Publish”.
4. Translate All The Taxonomies
The two most-used WordPress taxonomies are categories and tags. People can also use custom taxonomies to create and organize custom groups on their interface. The Polylang plugin enables users to translate all their taxonomies. For instance, in order to translate categories, go to Posts > Categories. Create a new category in the default language. You will see the “+” icon will become visible along with all the other language options. Use the same process as described in the above step to make and add translations.
5. Add A Language Switcher
You must add a language switcher to the interface. It will help visitors in selecting a language when they view the website. We will use a widget to display the language switcher on the interface. Use the dashboard menu to go to “Appearance > Widgets”. Add the relevant tool to a widget-ready location of your choice. Most people prefer to display the feature in the sidebar. You can either present the options through a dropdown menu or show languages along with country flags.
Save the settings and go to your website to check whether the feature is working or not.
This simple method will enable users to easily create a WordPress multilanguage website. The enhanced capability will improve the visibility of the interface as well as improve its conversion rate.