Tools Needed to Create a WordPress Multilingual Website

Well, you want to build a professional WordPress multilingual website. In this post, I’m going to share with you the tools that you will need.
Building a WordPress multilingual website could be as easy as ABC or it could be a chaotic experience you really don’t want to go through it.

Tools Needed to Create a WordPress Multilingual Website

  1. Multilingual Theme
  2. Multilingual Solution
  3. Powerful Hosting
  4. Professional Translation Service

1. Multilingual Theme

Not every WordPress theme is multilingual ready. Multilingual-ready themes are ready for internationalization and localization. In other words, the multilingual theme is the theme that can be translated into multiple languages.
We went an extra mile and created the first multilingual themes directory where we review themes for multilingualism and provide some info about the languages included.
Also, you can follow this short tutorial of how to choose a multilingual WordPress theme if you’re not able to pick a theme from our directory.

2. Multilingual Solution

There are different ways to translate your website into many languages. Such as using a multisite installation, choosing a theme with a built-in multilingual system or by using a multilingual plugin.

The most convenient option, in my opinion, is to use a multilingual plugin with a single WordPress installation.

  • WPML: WPML is the ultimate solution for creating professional multilingual WordPress websites. It provides you with the required features to translate every and each element in your WordPress website. Costs $79/year for unlimited websites.
  • Polylang: The free version of Polylang provides you with the enough tools to translate your content for a simple WordPress website. If you only want to translate posts or pages, Polylang will do it seamlessly. Please note that to have premium features, you will need Polylang Pro that costs 99 €/year for 1 site.
  • qTranslate X: qTranslate X is another good free option for simple WordPress websites.

Detailed comparison between WPML and Polylang: WPML vs Polylang

3. Powerful Hosting

This is a must! Powerful hosting is a very important key to having a professional multilingual WordPress website. I don’t want to go deeper in the technical stuff, but multilingual website means more content and more queries to handle. SiteGround for example, is a good option if you’re looking for a solid hosting provider.

4. Professional Translation Service

You may not be able to translate all content on your website, or maybe you want to translate your website into a language you don’t know. In this case, you will need an easy professional translation service integrated into your WordPress website in order that you can hire professional translators to translate your content.

Fortunately, professional multilingual plugins like WPML or Polylang Pro have integrated professional services. In the time of writing this post, WPML has 13 integrated translation services to choose from and Polylang Pro has 1 integrated translation service.

Summing Up

To create a professional and painless WordPress multilingual website:

– Make sure that you’re using a multilingual theme.
– Choose professional multilingual plugin. WPML is the plugin I use for any multilingual project.
– Get a powerful hosting. SiteGround is a solid option.

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