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January 12, 2021

BeTheme is a powerful WordPress theme offering many features, including a drag-and-drop page builder. In this tutorial, you can learn how to create multilingual WordPress sites using BeTheme and WPML.


Getting started

Make sure that the BeTheme theme is activated, by going to the AppearanceThemes page.

Make sure that the WPML Multilingual CMS, WPML String Translation, WPML Translation Management, and WPML Media Translation plugins are activated.

To ensure compatibility with WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor, please change the way your Muffin Builder content is stored so that it is serialized and not encoded. This allows WPML plugins to read the content and make it available for translation:

  1. Go to BeThemeTheme Options → GlobalAdvanced
  2. Scroll down and set the value of the Builder | Data Storage to Serialized | Readable format, required by some plugins
  3. Finally, save the changes.

If you have already created some content with Muffin Builder before setting up WPML, you may need to Update the pages or posts to make their content available for translation.

WPML translation tools

WPML offers two translation editors you can use for translating your site’s content:

Besides translating your site content yourself, you can also:

Translating pages

With WPML, you can translate any types of contents on your site, including pages and posts. For an easy start, read our Getting Started Guide.

Translating pages built using the Muffin Builder

BeTheme theme is bundled with the Muffin Builder.

This is a page created using the Muffin Builder.

Default language page on the front-end

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.

Click the plus icon to translate the page

Translate the page content, save the translation, and publish the page. This is how the translated page looks on the front-end:

Translated Muffin Builder page on the front-end

Translating pages built with WPBakery Page Builder

The BeTheme Theme comes bundled with WPBakery Page Builder.

Visit our documentation page for exact steps on how to translate contents build with WPBakery Page Builder.

Adding translation support for custom WPBakery Page Builder modules

WPML allows you to manually enable the translation of custom WPBakery Page Builder modules and modules’ attributes. Check out our guide on defining page builder shortcodes in the language configuration file.

Translating Portfolio pages and categories

BeTheme theme comes with many custom content types like Clients, Testimonials, and Portfolio.To translate Portfolio items or any custom post type items, you need to follow the same steps as for translating any other types of pages. Visit our documentation page for exact steps on translating the content yourself.

Click on the “Plus” button to translate the Portfolio item

Portfolio Categories can be translated while translating your pages, on the Translation Editor screen. There, you can translate the portfolio elements as well as your Portfolio Categories.

Additionally, you can translate your portfolio Categories on the WPMLTaxonomy 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.

Translate the Portfolio categories from the “Taxonomy Translation” page

Keep in mind that the translations of categories are universal: if you make a change, they will be updated everywhere.

Translating texts from BeTheme theme, plugins and other places

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.

Translating menus

With WPML, you can easily synchronize your language menus. For more information, please see our complete menus translation tutorial.

Translating sliders

BeTheme comes bundled with Slider Revolution. Read our documentation on how to create multilingual sliders using Slider Revolution to translate the slider in the home page and any slider created using the Slider Revolution plugin.

Known Issues

Right now, there are no known compatibility issues between this theme and WPML.

Getting help

In case you need help translating your site built using BeTheme and WPML, visit WPML’s support forum.

Need help with building and maintaining your site?

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.