WPML 1.7.0 represents a whole new approach to multilingual WordPress sites. Any theme or plugin that uses WordPress correctly becomes multilingual out-of-the-box.
Want a fully multilingual theme?
Remember that 1300 words tutorial about how to create multilingual themes? It’s history. Your theme is now multilingual without any edits.
We’ve tested WPML 1.7.0 on many themes, including popular free themes like Atahualpa and Arras and lots of premium themes from WooThemes and StudioPress and it just works. The little magic switch is located in WPML->Languages and looks like this:
When set, WPML automatically turns the theme into multilingual. This feature will be disabled for existing sites and enabled for new sites. If you’re upgrading and want it enabled, you need to put WPML into Advanced mode, go to WPML->Languages and look under More options.
More language switcher controls
Multilingual sites need to allow visitors to choose their language. WPML included a drop-down language switcher from day one and we’re constantly improving it and making it more flexible. Now, it also has a kid brother.
We’ve added an optional footer language switcher, which produces a list of languages at the bottom of your site. The controls are located in WPML->Languages under Language switcher options.
This new language switcher is controlled from WPML’s admin, so you don’t need to hack any CSS, PHP or HTML to make it look right.
You can choose one of the lovely predefined color schemes or create your own.
We’d love to take a long break in a tropical escape, but that’s not what we’re planning now 🙂
Instead, we’re back to work on WPML.
WPML’s magic auto-multilingual still misses two important features:
- Home page link is not adjusted (but there’s a workaround).
- No easy way to translate texts you enter in the theme’s admin, like footer text, ads, etc.
If all goes well, these features should go into WPML 1.7.1.
Let us know how it’s working for you
We love getting your feedback. That’s what makes WPML grow and improve.
If it’s working for you, drop a note here. You’re also welcome to add your site to our showcase.