We usually refer here to translating content, not translating themes or plugins.
Leading multilingual and translation plugins for WordPress are qTranslate and WPML. qTranslate is also free, but is now (Jan 2014) considered an abandoned plugin. Luckily, there is a great fork of qTranslate called qTranslate X.
Do not that qTranslate works on concept of multilingual field as opossed of concept of separate page or even domain (Polylang, WPML).
WPML is compatible with plugins like W3 Total Cache and WooCommerce.
I can also consider to create a separate website for each language you want to offer your visitors which are tied together in a multisite installation. And for that, use plugin Multilingual Press.
Bogo is a plugin from the maker of Contact Form 7. It is simply beautiful and simple, both for Admin language and frontend language. Problem is - as Admin Language only, it is simply too much. And as multilingual - I think it’s perfect. It is very well coded.
Plugin: Admin Language Only
My selection is English WordPress Admin and Bogo as an more potent alternative.
English WordPress Admin
was my first pick in the past. To work properly, for all the pages, it must be installed as
mu-plugin. Also, on purpose,
Settings > Generalpage is not translated as it is white-listed from translation.
WP Native Dashboard
is not maintained well enough. It’s working, but with problems. Design-wise, based on screenshots, seems too much “old-school” for me.
WPML Gotchas on Security Restrictions
exec() function enabled as it uses Snoopy PHP library which
when URL is HTTPS uses
exec() to call
/usr/bin/curl on Linux and
is_executable to check for it. This fails when
restrictions are in effect, and/or shell functions have been disabled.
Q: What is WPML Multilingual Text Widget? A: WPML added a new text widget, which is similar to the standard WordPress Text widget. WPML widget performs better on multilingual sites - it tells WPML the ID of the widget and so is easier to translate. Otherwise, they’re the same thing.
Fix: WPML for WordPress causes theme to show multiple languages at the same time suppress_filters | Viper007Bond.com Tip: get_posts will suppress_filters by default – Konstantin Kovshenin Debugging Theme Compatibility - WPML
WPML speed optimization in admin
Disable automated version checks for WPML plugins. Add the following
line to your
/* Disable WPML automated version checks */ define("OTGS_DISABLE_AUTO_UPDATES", true);
WPML problems and fixes
It says WPML and W3TC work together, but in all the comments, everyone said domain per language did not work. It looks like no one from WPML ever responded saying that domain per language NOW worked with W3TC.
State of 2019
- qTranslate-XT (eXTended) is actively developed but doesn’t work with Gutenberg and has problems with Yoast. So, forget about it.
- WPGlobus still exists but charges for Woocommerce integration
- Bogo is still alive, work beautifully, but seems slowly maintained. Bogo - Best (and Underrated) Multi Language Plugin | WP Tips
There are now really only two plugins to consider when creating a multilingual WordPress website, and those are WPML and Polylang. Concidering how shitty WPML is, the only one left is Polylang.
Some new plugins:
- TranslatePress has interesting translation mode + native Gutenberg support + out of the box WooCommerce compatibility. What I like is Google Translate API Integration and gettext support
- Weglot is trying to earn as much as they can.
- Easy Editing of .po files: My WP Translate