Need to create a multilingual WordPress website?
Given how connected the world is, it makes sense to offer your site in multiple languages if you’re targeting a global audience (or even just a small geographic area with a multilingual population, like California).
Thanks to WordPress’ versatility, it’s easy to translate your site into multiple new languages, as long as you have the right plugin to help.
In this post, we’re going to show you exactly how you can create your own multilingual site using the popular Divi theme and the WPML plugin. However, while we are going to focus on Divi for this tutorial, you could easily adapt this method to another theme if you prefer.
Let’s dig in!
What You Need to Create a Multilingual WordPress Website
To create a multilingual WordPress site, you’ll need the help of a WordPress translation plugin.
WPML, which we’ll use in this tutorial, is a premium translation plugin that comes with a suite of features to help you translate your site.
Enjoy a completely multilingual website with page load speeds that will keep your users from all over the world happy.
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You can use it to translate your site by yourself. Or, it also helps you work with freelancers or outsource your translations to professional translation services. Thanks to a recent update, you can even use machine translation on a piece-by-piece basis to save some time (while still being able to manually edit those translations).
It also comes with features to let you fully translate your site, no matter if you’re using page builders, WooCommerce, etc. In the tutorial below, we’ll specifically show you how you can use it to translate an entire Divi site, even if you’re using the new Divi Theme Builder feature in Divi 4.0.
How to Create a Multilingual WordPress Website With WPML and Divi
Now, let’s get into the actual tutorial and I’ll show you how you can create a multilingual website using WPML.
While WPML has different plans, you’ll need the $79 Multilingual CMS package to follow this tutorial – you can go here to purchase WPML.
We’ll also assume that you’ve already installed Divi (or whatever theme you want to use).
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1. Install the WPML Components That You Need
To keep things lightweight, WPML divides its core features into separate plugins. This modular approach lets you choose how you set things up.
For this tutorial, you’ll want to install the following plugins:
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WP Mayor.