While we’re working hard on WPML 1.7.0, I came across a thread in our forum, asking about multilingual support for e-commerce plugins. It’s something that’s technically doable, but raises a good question – who’s going to pay the bill?
This kind of work isn’t simple. To make an e-commerce plugin multilingual, you need to make products translatable, support multiple currencies, have multilingual shopping carts and a complete multilingual checkout flow.
Running a multilingual web store is probably one of the most lucrative things you can do with WordPress. For a fraction of the cost of other solutions, you can have an online store for any business. It’s a good deal. But, in order to make it happen, someone needs to go first.
The shopping cart guys are not going to pay for it and neither can we. We each have a business to run and this sort of thing will never fit in as free-time-activity.
Sponsoring niche development
The way to get a multilingual e-commerce plugin is to sponsor it. This will allow us to spend the required time implementing a good solution and making it part of WPML. Some of the payment will also go to the e-commerce guys for the support on their side.
Whoever does this will not get an exclusive right for the code. Instead, it will become part of the shopping cart plugin and WPML, meaning it gets supported in the future.
So, if you have a niche need, are running a business which can benefit from it and can sponsor some development, give us a shout. We’re always happy to extend WPML and will be able to devote more resources for niche solutions when it’s sponsored.