Canvas is an eCommerce theme by WooCommerce. It allows you to modify the design, layout, and typography through an easy to use options panel. Canvas integration with WPML allows you to build multilingual WooCommerce sites effortlessly.
Canvas theme is being discontinued – as long as WooThemes keep maintaining it we will support it too, but if you are using Canvas with WPML you should start thinking of another solution.
On This Page:
- Getting started
- Translating pages
- Translating project pages and categories
- Translating texts from Canvas theme, plugins and other places
- Translating menus
- Translating sliders
- Translating WooCommerce elements using WCML
- Getting help
- Get help with building and maintaining your site
Make sure that the Canvas theme is activated, by going to the Appearance → Themes page.
Make sure that the WPML Multilingual CMS, WPML String Translation, WPML Translation Management, and WPML Media Translation plugins are activated.
For a better translation experience with contents created using Visual Composer, activate WPML Translation Editor. To do this, go to the WPML → Settings page. There, check the Use the translation editor option under the How to translate posts and pages section and click Save.
With WPML, you can translate any types of contents in your site, including pages and posts. For an easy start, read our Getting Started Guide.
Canvas theme comes with many custom content types like Project, Team Members, and Features. To translate Project items or any other custom content items, follow the same steps as for translating any other types of pages. Visit our documentation page for exact steps on translating the content yourself.
Project Categories can be translated while translating your pages, on the Translation Editor screen. There, you can translate the staff elements as well as your Staff Categories.
Additionally, you can translate your Project Categories on the WPML → Taxonomy Translation page. Select the Project Categories from the drop-down menu and a list of your categories will appear. Click the “+” icon to translate a category for the respective language and use the dialog box that appears to add your translation.
Keep in mind that the translations of categories are universal: if you make a change, they will be updated everywhere.
Besides contents coming from posts and pages on your site, there are usually some texts coming from other places. Most common examples are themes and plugins.
To learn how to translate these texts, read our documentation page about translating strings.
With WPML, you can easily synchronize your language menus. For more information, please see our complete menus translation tutorial.
Canvas comes with a custom slider. To translate the slider follow the steps below:
- Translate the slides by navigating to Slides in your WordPress dashboard.
- Click on the “+” icon to translate the slide.
- Add your translated text and click on the Save & Close button
- Translate the Slide Group by navigation to Slides → Slide Groups and click on the add link next to the language you want to translate your slide group into
- Add the translated text and Click on the Add New Slide Group button
- Translate the page that includes the slider. This is how the translated slider looks on the front-end
To translate everything that WooCommerce offers, download the WooCommerce Multilingual plugin (WCML) from your WPML account. Visit our dedicated WCML documentation to learn how to setup a multilingual store and translate your products, categories, variations, shipping classes and more.
In case you need help translating your site built using Canvas and WPML, visit WPML’s support forum.
If you need help with building or maintaining your site, take a look at our list of WPML Contractors. They are experienced developers specialized in developing multilingual sites.