WPML, How and when to use it

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WordPress Multilingual Plugin

WPML – makes it easy to build multilingual sites and run them

WPML - The WordPress Multilingual Plugin

Common Sense Advisory has surveyed 2,430 web consumers in eight countries. They learned about how language affected their purchasing behaviors. They found 72.1% of consumers spend most their time on websites in their own language.

There is an extraordinary amount of plugins for WordPress offering translations. Between them, one stands out WPML. We all have at some point of time been using it. This has either been as a website designer, template maker or a consumer who visited a webshop.

The Setup guide for WPML

While you often needs to download plugins to your computer, and upload through FTP. We have as standard disabled the FTP functionality. By doing so, instead enabled direct upload through FS_DIRECT with WordPress.

It gives you a more smooth installation process of plugins. And decrease the needs for complicated setups.

1) Login to your GMEngine WordPress Admin, and click on Plugins

2) In the top left corner click the button Add New

3) Search for WPML

4) Click Install and wait few seconds until it changes to Activate

Your WPML Multilingual is now installed and is ready for being setup and prepared for your needs.

Add Your base site language for WPML

You will now have a new WPML tab in your Dashboard.

In the left menu click WPML and go to Languages.

WPML will now ask you what language your base is. While setting the base language, you define the language to translate from in the future.

You will benefit of selecting English as your base langauge – this is the cheapest to translate from.

Click Next and you’ll must now decide what languages you wish to translate into. This is the languages that you can translate yourselves or buy the translation for.

Setting up the WPML Language Switcher

Perfect, you have gotten started – and the new languages have been setup. Awesome!

You can now add a switcher to your website.

The first option you’ll see is Widget Area – go ahead and enable it.

The language switcher can be styled in different ways, a bit lower on the site, both as a drop-down menu or a plain text list.

Do the Translations in WPML

You are now ready to do the translations of your content.

This can be done at each page or post, by clicking the language icon, to start the translation.

We do not suggest using any kind of Machine learning Translations. They are still not strong enough for a translation without rubbish words.

At each page you have gotten a new box in the right panel. Here you can set the base language for the specific page and to perform the translation of the content.

Good luck with the translations.

Optimal Caching to maintain speed with WPML + W3TC

The combination of WPML and W3TC cache is high, as W3 – Total Cache do support the elements from WPML. We suggest, you as well setup W3TC.

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