The purpose of this post is to show a tutorial about creating a multilingual website in WordPress using the multisite feature.
Advantages of the proposed solution :
- Lots of flexibility for content translation and presentation of the articles in different languages
- Different themes based on country
- Search Engine Optimization
Step 1 : Creating multisite WordPress
Add the following line in wp-config.php.
define ('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);
This will activate a new option in the Dashboard: Tools -> Network Setup.
All that’s left is to follow the instructions.
Choose the default folder options in order to have urls of the following pattern www.monsite.com/fr/mapage.html
2 actions are necessary :
- Copy/Paste some code inside wp-config.php
- Copy/Paste some code inside .htaccess
Note : make sure that the wp-config.php file has been updated between the first modification and the activation of the multisite.
Step 2 : Add sub-sites
Every sub-site will correspond to a specific language.
Create as many sub-site as languages you need to support.
Every code of the sub-site must correspond to 2 letters of the supported language.
Configure every sub-site with the corresponding language.
Step 3 : Add the plugin Multisite Language Switcher
Go to the network administration and add the plugin MultiSite Language Switcher.
This extension allows to relate categories, pages, articles, … with different languages.
Activate this extension in every sub-site corresponding to a specific language.
A widget allows to show the user a selection of languages on each page.
To configure this widget go to Tools -> Multi language Switcher
Step 4 : redirect based on the browser’s preferred language
This step could be achieved with the theme oncleben31-Multisite-Language-Switcher-Theme.
Configure this theme on the main site so that the redirect to the sub-site is made automatically.
Add and activate the theme from the network administration.