BeTheme is a powerful WordPress theme offering many features, including a drag-and-drop page builder. Learn how to create multilingual WordPress sites using BeTheme and WPML.
- Getting Started
- Translating Pages
- Translating Texts From BeTheme Theme, Plugins, and Other Places
- Translating Menus
- Translating Sliders
- Known Issues With BeTheme
- Getting Help
Start by installing and activating the following:
- BeTheme theme
- WPML core plugin and WPML String Translation add-on
If you’re new to WPML, check out our Getting Started Guide. It quickly walks you through all the translation options you can use.
One of these options is Translate Everything – the quickest way to translate and the easiest way to keep your content up to date. This feature automatically translates pages, posts, custom post types, custom fields, taxonomies, WooCommerce products, and more as you add and edit content. Using Translate Everything with BeTheme will speed up the workflow.
The BeTheme theme is bundled with Muffin Builder. To ensure compatibility with WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor, make sure your Muffin Builder content is stored as serialized and not encoded. This allows WPML to read the content and make it available for translation.
- Go to BeTheme → Theme Options → Global → Advanced.
- Scroll down, and if not already set, change the value of the Muffin Builder data storage to Serialized | Readable format, required by some plugins
If you have already created some content with Muffin Builder before setting up WPML, you may need to Update such pages or posts to make their content available for translation.
With WPML, you can translate any type of content on your site, including pages and posts.
If you have Translate Everything turned on, the translation of pages, posts, custom post types, custom fields, and taxonomies will be automatically taken care of. If it’s not turned on, we explain the manual translation of these content types in the following sections.
Here is a page created using the Muffin Builder.
Translating pages built using the Muffin Builder is similar to translating pages using the default WordPress editor. Simply, click the plus icon in the language box to translate the page into the desired language.
Translate the page content, save the translation, and publish the page. This is how the translated page looks on the front-end:
BeTheme also comes bundled with WPBakery Page Builder.
Visit our documentation page for exact steps on how to translate contents build with WPBakery Page Builder. You might find mixed languages on the front-end. This happens with widgets that may rely on AJAX requests to fetch content. To fix this, you need to enable the language cookie.
BeTheme comes with many custom content types such as Clients, Testimonials, and Portfolio. To translate any custom post type items, you need to follow the same steps as for translating any other types of pages or posts. You can translate yourself or send content to be translated by others.
The following image shows how to start the translation for a Portfolio item from its editing page.
Portfolio Categories can be translated while translating your pages, on the Translation Editor screen.
Additionally, you can translate your portfolio Categories on the WPML → Taxonomy Translation page. Select the Portfolio Categories from the drop-down menu and a list of your categories will appear. Click the plus 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 content coming from posts and pages on your site, there are usually some texts coming from other places. The 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.
BeTheme comes bundled with Slider Revolution. Read our documentation on how to create multilingual sliders using Slider Revolution to translate the slider in the homepage and any slider created using the Slider Revolution plugin.
In case you need help translating your site built using BeTheme and WPML, visit WPML’s support forum.