Translating your WordPress website gives you a huge competitive advantage. Indeed, with the possibility of reaching customers speaking different languages, it is desirable to have appropriate content. In this article, we will see how to translate a WordPress website with or without an extension.
Use extensions to translate your website
There are several plugins available for WordPress that can help you translate your website. These plugins allow you to easily switch between languages and translate your content. Here are some options:
- WPML ( https://wpml.org/ ): WPML is a popular plugin for WordPress that makes it easy to create multilingual websites. You can translate your pages, posts, custom post types, menus, and more. It also includes features like language switchers, SEO support, and translation management.
- Polylang ( https://polylang.pro/ ): Polylang is another popular plugin for WordPress that helps create a bilingual or multilingual WordPress site. You can translate posts, pages, media, categories, tags, menus, etc. It also includes language switchers and custom language URLs.
- Weglot ( https://weglot.com/ ): Weglot is a cloud-based translation plugin for WordPress. It allows you to translate your website into multiple languages without any programming. You can translate all your content, including pages, posts, and menus. It also includes a language switcher and SEO support.
Translate your website without extensions or plugins
If you want to use programming or another approach, we would recommend:
- WordPress Network
- PHP programming
If you prefer to use a PHP or .htaccess script to switch between languages, you can use the following approach:
- Create a subdirectory for each language you want to support (eg /en/ for English, /es/ for Spanish, etc.).
- Copy all of your website files into each language subdirectory.
- Manually translate the content of each page into the corresponding language.
- Use a PHP script or .htaccess file to redirect users to the appropriate language subdirectory based on their browser language or a language switcher on your website.
Here is an example PHP script that detects the browser language and redirects users to the appropriate language subdirectory: