WPML 1.7.8 is out with two major additions for using WordPress as CMS. It includes full multilingual support for the new custom post types and also offers commercial support for developers.
Translation for Custom Types
When you define a new custom, you choose if it needs multilingual support. If you’ve enabled multilingual support, the translation controls will be part of the edit screen.
As custom types are a bit beyond the basics, you need to enable WPML’s Advanced mode for all of this.
Then, go to WPML->Translation sync and scroll to the bottom. You will see something like this:
If you choose Translate, this custom type will have all the normal translation controls, just like standard posts and pages.
Also, WPML hooks to the WordPress API calls and will filter items of that custom type according to language.
If you’ve selected Do nothing, items of that custom type will not have any language associated with them. When you query these items, they would return from any language.
There’s no right or wrong. What you choose depends on what you need.
Commercial Support for Developers
As WordPress grows complex, giving technical support is becoming a real challenge. With close to 2000 downloads each week, the forum support isn’t enough.
Professional web developers, using WordPress and WPML as their tools, need timely and reliable support.
WPML now includes a new Support section. You can find it under the WPML menu. From there, you can get direct support from WPML’s developers.
With a commercial support subscription you can create support tickets right from within WordPress. WPML developers will respond in 24 hours or less. Normally, much less.
If you’re building commercial sites, a commercial support subscription is essential. You’ll be able to get the job done faster and better. Not only will you get fast results, but you’ll get them directly from the experts.
A commercial support subscription costs $50/year for one site or $200/year for all your sites. To purchase, go to WPML->Support and choose the subscription that you prefer.
Next Up – Multilingual Menus
The next major feature for WPML is multilingual support for the new, shiny, WordPress menu system. I’ll write about it when we have something to show.