Lately, I have to deal with some wordpress based installs in big part of my working time. One of the wordpress sites needed to have added a multi language support.
My first research in Google pointed me to WPML Multilingual CMS The WordPress Multilingual Plugin
WPML Multilingual CMS looks nice and easy to use but unfortunately its paid, the company couldn’t afford to pay for the plugin so I looked forward online for a free alternative and stumbled upon QTranslate
QTranslate is free and very easy to install. Its installed the wordpress classic way and the installation went smoothly, e.g.:
1. Download and unzip QTranslate
# cd /var/www/blog/wp-content/plugins
/var/www/blog/wp-content/plugins# wget http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/qtranslate.2.5.24.zip
/var/www/blog/wp-content/plugins# unzip qtranslate.2.5.24.zip
Just for fun and in case the plugin disappears in future, a mirror of Qtranslate 2.5.24 is found here
2. Enable QTranslate from wordpress admin
Plugins -> Inactive -> qTranslate (Activate)
After activating the plugin, there is a Settings button from which qTranslate‘s various plugin parameteres can be tuned.
In my case my site had to support both English and Arabic, so from the settings I added support for Arabic translation to the wordpress install.
Adding Arabic is done in the following way:
a. From the Language Management (qTranslate Configuration) from the Languages menu and the Languages (Add Languages) I had to choose a language code (in my case a language code of ar – for Arabic). Next I had to choose the Arabic flag from the follow up flag list.
In next text box Name , again I had to fill Arabic, for Locale en_US.UTF-8
The following Date Format and Time Format text boxes are optional so I left them blank.
To complete the process of adding the Arabic as a new language wordpress should support I pressed the Add Language button and the Arabic got added as a second language.
Afterwards the Arabic was added as second language, on the bottom of the left wordpress menu pane a button allowing a switch between English, Arabic appeared (see below screenshot):
Finally to make Arabic appear as a second language of choice on the website I added it as a Widget in the Widgets menu from the AWidgets menu:
Appearance -> Widgets
In widgets I added qTranslate Language Chooser to the Sidebar without putting any kind of Title for qtranslate widget .
I found it most helpful to choose the Text and Image as an option on how to display the Language switching in the wp.