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  • I have my WP site finalized, and now ready to get it modified into another language. Do I just simply duplicate the install folder, rename it, and log into it?

    Or is there a proper way to do it?

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  • Hi,

    Have you had a look at the article Installing WordPress in Your Language? There are multiple steps involved.

    I am aware of the different install languages, but I would like to convert an existing English site that was just finalized into french. (keeping the english site) So is there a way to do this properly without redoing the pages all over again as a 2nd WP site?

    I am placing in proper translations.

    It all depends on how you want to run each site moving forward. Correct me if I am wrong, but based on my understanding of your situation, you will always have a French version of your English site; and translations will be maintained manually/independently. So if a change in the English version is made (i.e. new content added), a corresponding change to the French version would also be made (new content also added but in French).

    This post might help you:

    Setting Up a Dual Language Website

    Warning: towards the middle of the thread, there is a little bit of tension. If you want to just skip right through to the solution, you will need to scroll all the way to the 3rd to the last post by the poster named AmirHelzer for your options.


    Thank you for the info. I believe I would be installing a second WP site and inputting the french text.

    My other question is – is there a way to package my existing site and install in the 2nd WP folder to use for the french site? Is there a way to copy content into the 2nd site?

    This would save me from redoing the entire site.

    Hi Vannon,

    The answer is yes, but isn’t as simple as copying the content/folder over. The directory structure is a bit different, although is simple enough to understand. Another consideration is whether or not you’d like to use subdomains, so for instance you’d have and The other option is using subfolders.

    See if this other article makes sense at all: Multisite Network Administration?

    I am not being as direct in my responses only because there are multiple approaches that you can take, depending on the need, both currently and moving forward. There are upfront considerations, along with maintenance considerations as well.

    Ok, I had a read through, and it sounds complicated LOL – I don’t have much experience with WP. Seems like it would be easier to just redo it and paste in the translated text. It’s not a huge site in any case.

    As a last ditch effort, see if this article makes it any easier:

    Migrating Multiple Blogs

    Whichever option you end up choosing, best of luck to you!


    The import feature is exactly what I needed. Atleast I don’t have to redo the entire site content. It’s all there now, and ready to be translated into french.

    I’ve also made the new site install as a “french” language. So that it would display the search box in french.

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