WPML consists of several modules. The basic module turns WordPress sites multilingual. Other modules help with an enhanced translation process, string translation, media translation and other functions.
You can learn about the different modules in the WPML Core and Addons page.
After you enable WPML, you’ll see a Multilingual Widget in the Admin Dashboard. This widget provides access to the different functions in WPML. You can also access them through the WPML menu.
- Languages – Determine the site’s languages and control how different language contents are organized.
- Theme and plugins localization – Choose between the traditional .mo files or using WPML’s String Translation.
- Navigation – Control the appearance of site-wide navigation based on WordPress pages.
- Sticky links – This is an essential function for running full websites with WordPress. It guarantees that links between pages can never break.
Translating Site Content
WPML creates different posts, pages and custom types for translations and connects them together. This means that every page has its own title, body and meta-fields.
WPML offers two ways for translating content:
- Manually, by clicking on the + icons
- Using WPML’s Translation Management module
Most WordPress sites contain texts outside of posts. WPML translates these texts using the String Translation module.
To display image galleries in translated content, you should use WPML Media. It will allow you to connect the same media files to content in different languages.
Once you’ve translated the site’s content and general strings, you might be interested in translating the site’s navigation and using localized permalinks.
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