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Setting up a dual language website

  • How can I set up a WordPress website in two languages? I do NOT need nor want a translation plugin. The client will add all text.

    The site will only be 6+ pages and needs 2 buttons in the header, one for English and one for Norwegian. Is it possible to have a different main navigation bar for each language? (using the menus function)

    Also, is there any way of having 2 blog/posts pages (one for each language)?

    Or, can you install WordPress twice (in folders ‘English’ and ‘Norwegian’) and then have a simple index/homepage to select which site to visit?

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  • Can anyone help please?

    Moderator keesiemeijer

    @keesiemeijer

    Is there not a simple way of achieving this without the use of Plugins?

    I do not want a translation Plugin. Both texts will be input by writers in their native languages.

    Is it possible to simply have a different main navigation bar for each language? (using the menus function)

    Moderator keesiemeijer

    @keesiemeijer

    I do not want a translation Plugin. Both texts will be input by writers in their native languages.

    Not all off these plugins use automatic translations.

    Did you check out any of these plugins? What didn’t you like about any of these plugins?

    I haven’t tried anything yet. I was hoping to get answers to my very specific questions.

    Thank you

    Or, can you install WordPress twice (in folders ‘English’ and ‘Norwegian’)

    I belive you can do it. just instell wordpress in 2 diffrent filles.

    Moderator keesiemeijer

    @keesiemeijer

    Try them (why reinvent the wheel).
    These plugins all allow authors to make posts in their native languages: qTranslate, WPML, xili-language, Polylang, Multisite Language Switcher, Multilingual Press.

    I haven’t tried anything yet. I was hoping to get answers to my very specific questions.

    keesiemeijer did give you an straight answer to your “specific” question. A little effort on your part would reveal that these plugins make the switching of the languages function available for you and they don’t necessarily translate your content.

    Shirazdrum, I had several questions and do not agree that they have been answered

    (1) Is it possible to have a different main navigation bar for each language? (using the menus function)

    (2) Also, is there any way of having 2 blog/posts pages (one for each language)?

    (3) Or, can you install WordPress twice (in folders ‘English’ and ‘Norwegian’) and then have a simple index/homepage to select which site to visit?

    Nati1007 replied to me saying she thought (3) was possible.

    When someone asks for advice, it’s not very helpful to just say try all of these and see if one works. There must be many people who have experience of this fairly simple problem. It’s OK to say “a little effort on your part” but as we all know it’s very easy to screw things up by just fiddling around.

    I appreciate any help. thanks

    Tami

    @tammy-m-rogers

    Hi Chris, I am experiencing the same problem myself.

    Ideally, I would like to know if it is possible to assign 2 different custom menus to the primary location (using the menus function).

    To answer 3) It is possible to install WP twice into different folders but depending on how you do it you will either have 2 separate installs with 2 separate admin logins or you can do a multi-site install. I have attempted the multi-site install with one super admin but am encountering problems and frankly solving the custom navigation seems to be an easier solution – if possible.

    Anyone?

    @chris People here ARE trying to help you, in fact the link that you got was a complete list of different ways of doing it. Help doesn’t mean chewing it for you, and then putting it in your mouth. It means someone pointed you in the right direction and the rest of the way was just as easy as picking up a spoon.

    The issue that I see here is that you are doing this for a “client”, so:

    a) don’t charge people for things you don’t know
    b) don’t expect other people to do the work for you when you are the one getting paid

    and

    c) when someone tells you something LISTEN.

    If you did, you would find your answer right in front of your eyes:

    Each language in its own WordPress installation
    A separate site is created for each language you want to translate into (e.g. in a WordPress Multisite installation). All the sites need to run the same theme and plugin. When a translation is saved source posts get pinged by translation posts and the system keeps a separate table with the translation relationships.

    shirazdrum, I do listen. I am setting this up for someone as a favour. I asked a few clear questions….is that unreasonable? I am not asking anyone to do the work for me, I am asking for good advice before I do anything.

    esmi

    @esmi

    Forum Moderator

    Then listen instead of complaining when you don’t get the advice you were expecting.

    esmi, I am not complaining…I am asking for advice. Tammy M Rogers (above) asks the same thing “is it possible to assign 2 different custom menus to the primary location (using the menus function)”

    esmi

    @esmi

    Forum Moderator

    No.

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