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  • I have a question and hope you can help. I would like to create a multilingual website without using a plugin and thought that creating a multisite could be the answer. I tried to rename the various twentyten themes in twentyten-it twentyten-en etc, hoping to be able to use the one in English for my english site and so on. Unfortunately I didn’t succeed since WordPress doesn’t seem to recognize all different theme versions and doesn’t allow me to chose. I know it might be a silly idea making a network of blogs just for the languages but maybe you can help me or suggest me something? I’d apprecciate it!

    Thanks in advance.



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  • Make CHILD themes.

    You have to edit the CSS file to explain to WordPress what the new name is.

    Andrea Rennick


    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    You don;t need to make multilingual version of each *theme*. they are localized already, you just need language packs for the themes or WordPress itself.

    then you can make a new site to do the actual content for each language.

    Firstly thanks to both of you! I tried a few things but didn’t manage to do what I needed to :(.
    @ Ipstenu: is it really needed to make a child theme in this case?
    @ Andrea: could you please be more specific? I guess I didn’t understand what you mean.
    Thanks in advance

    If you have a need to make a ‘duplicate’ theme, that is only different in small ways, it’s better (and easier) to make child themes.

    But. What Andrea means is that you can download the language packs (from ) and apply them per site. Saves time and money 🙂

    I guess it works now, thanks :)!

    Here I am once again :(. I tried a couple of things without any success. I wanted to place some flags on the right site of the header of my twentyten theme to allow any visitor to select a language just clicking on the flag. Firstly I tried working on the header.php and placed some code there and then in the style.css to add some specifications. Beside having a different result on each page (strangely it looked different in the en page than in the es one etc….), it just didn’t come out like I thoght. Any suggestion to help me? I remember i had seen a twentyten theme with the flags in the posision I wanted them to be (just underneath the navigation bar under the header image) but I can’t find it anymore. Thanks again………..

    Andrea Rennick


    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    Likely those flags were added by a plugin.

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