I am assisting an open-source volunteer group in recreating its website. The current site is hand-coded and, with its regular changes, requires strong HTML and CSS knowledge, and is too much work to maintain for the current volunteer. (All volunteers are, of course, unpaid, and do this work in their spare time.)
The website has only a few pages, so it is not at all complex. But, it caters for many languages; up to 32 languages already.
I think that WordPress is the best solution because of its ease and reliability. My only difficulty, being a relative newbie to WordPress and having never maintained a multilingual site, is choosing how to set this up.
Looking at the WordPress choices, I am struggling to choose between what I believe are the three best options:
- One language per post
- All languages in a single post
- Each language in its own WordPress installation
I am willing to spend the time to initially set up WordPress correctly, so that it gives a long-term reliable solution, quick and easy to maintain. Should it be of help, I know HTML 4, CSS 2 and PHP 5 (unfortunately not HTML 5 or CSS 3).
What I am looking for:
I would value advice on which option will provide the most robust, easy-to-maintain and long-term answer, especially if you have experience with a multilingual WordPress site.
It would be fantastic if the team could use its existing Poedit files (.po and .mo), if this is possible on WordPress (as it seems to be).
I would also appreciate advice on which plug-ins to install, as I have no experience with any of the several available multi-lingual ones.