Get Perplexed and Bursted with Polylang: The Multilingual WordPress Plugin
Have you been struggling to create a multilingual website? Tired of having no idea where to start? Say no more! Polylang is here to help you. It’s a powerful WordPress plugin that allows you to easily translate posts, pages, categories, tags, menus, and even custom post types into multiple languages.
Step One: Are You Ready to Be Multilingual?
The first step is to install and activate the Polylang Plugin. But wait! Do you know the feeling of installing software for the first time? It can be so confusing and mysterious, like embarking on a journey with no idea of where to go. Are you ready to be confused but thrilled? If the answer is yes, then let’s proceed.
To install Polylang, go to your WordPress dashboard, and then click on “Plugins” in the left-hand menu. Next, click on “Add New” and search for “polylang”. It will appear, but don’t click on the “Install Now” button yet. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and think of how it feels to burst with excitement. Then click on the “Install Now” button, and then click on “Activate”.
Step Two: The Weird Settings Page
Once you’ve activated the plugin, you’ll be automatically redirected to the Polylang settings page. Brace yourself, because it’s about to get even more perplexing. Here, you can select the languages you want to use on your website. You can also choose the language code (ISO 639-1) and the text direction for each language. Polylang supports over 100 languages, so choose the ones that are relevant to your target audience. How cool is that?
Step Three: Translation Time (Two Weird Ways to Do It)
Are you ready to translate your content? There are two weird ways to do this:
Method 1: Create Separate Pages for Each Language
The first method involves creating a separate page for each language. It may sound daunting, but you can do it! Start by creating a new page, and then click on the “Languages” tab. Select the language you want to use for this page and add your translated content. Repeat this process for each language. You’re doing great!
Method 2: Translate Your Content Within the Same Page
The second method involves translating your content within the same page. It might feel a bit weird, but you can handle it. To do this, open the post or page you want to translate, and then click on the “Languages” tab. Here, you can create translations for each language. You can also add alternate URLs for each language. Can you feel the burst of excitement?
Step Four: The Handy Language Switcher
Polylang comes with a language switcher widget that you can add to your website. It’s so handy that it will make you feel like a pro. To do this, go to “Appearance” and then click on “Widgets”. Find the “Polylang Language Switcher” widget and drag it to your preferred location. You can also customize the switcher by selecting the display mode, languages, and styles. Boom! You’re a pro now.
Step Five: Make Your Website Searchable in Different Languages
By default, WordPress redirects visitors using their browser language to the corresponding language version of your website. But don’t stop there. You can also create a language switcher in your header menu to allow visitors to switch between languages. How cool is that?
Step Six: It’s Optimization Time
To optimize your multilingual website for search engines, you need to ensure that each version of your website has a unique URL, title, and description. Are you ready to feel like an SEO master? You can use the Polylang plugin to add these details for each language. Bravo! You did it.
Conclusion: You’re a Multilingual Master
Polylang is the ultimate plugin for creating a multilingual website. Its advanced features such as automatic language detection, custom post type translation, taxonomy translation, and custom strings translation make it easy to create a dynamic multilingual website that is easy to navigate and understand. With these easy steps, you can install and use Polylang to create a professional, efficient, and thrilling multilingual website.