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Multiple languages blogging. A core solution?

  1. JoeTheSor
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    I've been looking for some time for a solution to make a multilingual blog.
    My idea is to write the same post in the different languages, and then, once posted, WP links them togheter as translation of each other.

    Having multiple languages on a blog is a need for a lot of bloggers (especially in those countries where there are more official languages), I know that there are several plugins around, but...

    What if the plugin developer decides to quit, and the plugin becomes incompatible with the newer versions of WP?

    The fear shared among many multilingual bloggers is that the they can risk losing the content every time a new version of WP is released.

    Every solution has some kind of flaw into it, that makes upgrading WP more complicated than it is.
    They either manipulate the DB, or use templates.

    The solution in the Codex, http://codex.wordpress.org/Multilingual_WordPress , hinting at the use of multiple blogs could be the best one, however there is no known plugin that actually ties two posts from two different blogs as translation of each other.

    I did my research, and found the following threads, however they are currently closed, (otherwise I would have posted in them):

    http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/topic/support-multiple-languages

    http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/topic/make-wordpress-multilingual-friendly

    http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/topic/multilingual

    http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/topic/multilingual-blogs-posting

    http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/topic/true-multilingual-platform

    Many of those suggestions have been deemed has "plugin territory", but for the reasons stated before, a plugin not mantained by the core team can bring several problems with it, and scare bloggers away.

    Should a multilingual support see the light as a core enhancement?

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  2. ChromeAve
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    I'm currently using qTranslate, but a core feature like this is something I'd really appreciate.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  3. Dwenaus
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    i would LOVE multi-lingual blogging - or at least a way to change the theme language easily.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  4. pdc
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    I would really love to see it!

    At this time qTranslate and WPML plugins do a great job but both plugins have pros and cons and it is a tricky decision to make at the beginning of launching a new site.

    It is of utmost importance when WordPress is used as a CMS.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  5. batikbat
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    I want to work with wordpress and it is essential for me to develop webs on multiple languages.

    Absolutely necessary.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  6. Alice Jennifer
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    I need this feature. It is necessary. Thanks for your idea JoeTheSor -:)

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  7. alexduncan
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    I agree with the commenters above, this is an excellent idea. I also use qTranslate, but it's development has rather fallen behind recently and being a plugin it still feels a little clunky. More solid and better integrated translation is an excellent idea.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  8. AmirHelzer
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    WPML works exactly as described above. It created different posts in different languages and then ties them together.

    WPML used to be a free plugin, hosted here on wp.org, but we turned it into a commercial product recently. It still comes with GPL license, but you need to pay to access downloads and support.

    The reasons for turning it commercial are exactly the worries that folks have expressed here.

    Since this is a huge project, which now requires three developers working on full time, there was a great risk of not being able to sustain the work over time.

    Making it a paid plugin turns users into investors or shareholders. When you pay for something, you know a few things and have several rights:

    * You deserve support
    * It has to work
    * It's going to be maintained over time
    * It's going to be a well polished product

    After running free for over two years, and since we've turned WPML into a commercial product, I can testify that it's working beautifully for everyone involved. We get paid for our time and users get an industry-strength product.

    We're asking money only from professional web developers building commercial sites. Non-profits can apply and receive free access to the plugin and support.

    The reason why multilingual WordPress is not in the core is because this contributes a huge amount of code. Even though it's very popular, over 95% of WordPress users don't need multilingual sites, so it makes little sense to load all this code on their sites.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  9. misterx100
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    This should be the next thing to add to WordPress, it makes WordPress much more powerful and also useful for making bigger websites, not just blogs. It's vital.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  10. Chantal C
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    Having the possibility to create a multilingual site would the best thing ever.
    I have tried several plugins and none has really worked for me. Even qTranslate and WPML.

    Having multilingualism as a core feature would make WordPress, as "misterx100" said, so much more powerful.

    Posted: 3 years ago #

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    Good idea! We're working on it