I speak and write fluently (or almost…) Italian, German, French and English, so I thought: “Why not giving multilingual capabilities to WordPress, too?”.
You may ask: “Why?”, or even “Are you crazy?!?”. My main purpose is to allow an optimal understanding of my posts for the biggest possible number of people all over the world, and the best way to do this is to take advantage of my multilingualism and translate my posts in the four languages.
Now the only real problem was how to manage posting in four languages, since by default this is not supported by WordPress.
There are two main methods to get a multilingual WordPress site:[more…]
- Creating multiple installations, each in his own language, and linking them together with a language switcher
- Using a single installation with a multilingual plugin
I decided to use the single-installation method and found out that there are only some major plugins which allow to handle multilingual content in an intuitive way: WPML, qTranslate, ZdMultiLang and xLanguage. Finally, qTranslate seemed the most valid one for my needs, because WPML is a commercial plugin (and I prefer using free alternatives for the moment), ZdMultiLang is not as well integrated into the UI as qTranslate and xLanguage integrates the translations directly into the body of one single post using tags.
You will find more details about the features and installation of qTranslate in a following post.
My first impression about publishing Posts in four languages: It is quite challenging, but I hope this will help lots of people to take advantage of the posts I publish.
Do you have a multilingual WordPress blog? Feel free to publish your links in the comments. I would be curious to see how other people integrated multilingual features into their blogs.