If it is time to go international, it is time to install WPML Multilingual CMS for your WordPress site.
The EmpowerWP theme is fully compatible with this plugin, so internationalizing your website content should only be a matter of hours.
1. Installing the Plugin
In the WordPress Admin dashboard, go to Plugins -> Add New plugin. Upload the WPML plugin, in the .zip format.
Press Install Now.
After that, press Activate Plugin.
Once installed and activated, the WPML plugin will be found in the list of active plugins for your WordPress website.
2. Configuring the Plugin
Now, let’s proceed to configuring the WPML plugin for your website.
In the WordPress Admin dashboard, go to WPML -> Languages -> Setup WPML.
You should have the following interface:
Click on Add Languages for which you want localized versions of the website.
A list with available languages will be expanded for you to choose from.
Language URL Format
There are different options as to the URL type where the localized website versions will be placed.
Try to use one of the first 2 options:
- Different languages in directories (e.g. abc.com/fr/)
- A different domain per language (e.g. cs.abc.com)
These options are recommended by Google, as best practices and for search engine friendliness.
Try to avoid the option to add language name as a parameter.
Language Switcher Options
From here, you can set the order of languages in the language switcher and change the initial order with drag and drop.
Widget Language Switcher
You can add here a new language switcher to a widget area, if you find it useful for your website.
Footer Language Switcher
Here, you can check the option to show the language switcher in the footer area of your website. Here’s a preview of how it will look like:
Links to Translation of Posts
A useful feature for your website is to show links above or below posts, towards the localized versions of that content.
Check this feature if you want it enabled. Your readers worldwide will be more than grateful.
Browser Language Redirect
Another useful feature is to enable language redirect according to browser language. In this way, visitors from France will be shown your website content directly in French, visitors from Spain will be shown your website content directly in Spanish, etc.