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Originally written
March 12, 2018
April 22, 2020

Newspaper is one of the most popular WordPress themes for blog, news, magazine and any other publishing websites. Newspaper comes with many pre-built demos that can be imported with one-click. It is powered by the tagDiv Composer, an intuitive front-end page builder, based on drag-and-drop functionality. Also, the theme comes bundled with the Visual Composer plugin. In this tutorial, you can learn how to create multilingual WordPress sites using the Newspaper theme and WPML.

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Getting Started

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

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

The Newspaper theme is continuously improved to work with both page builders, but tagDiv Composer is handcrafted with specific features that are more appropriate for building news related websites. Also, please note that both page builders cannot work together at the same time. Users work either with tagDiv Composer or with the WP Bakery page builder (formerly Visual Composer.)

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 and posts

With WPML, you can translate any type of content on your site, including pages and posts. For an easy start, read our Getting Started Guide. Note that you must translate all posts on a page in order to display those translated versions on translated pages.

Translating pages built with the tagDiv Composer

The process of translating pages built using the tagDiv Composer is identical to that for translating pages built using the WPBakery Page Builder. This is a simple page created using the tagDiv Composer.

Simple page built using the tagDiv Composer

Closing the tagDiv Composer takes you to the default WordPress editing screen. In the Language meta-box, click on the plus icon to translate the page.

Click the plus  icon to translate the page

This takes you to the Translation Editor page where you can edit and publish the translation.

This is how the translated textual elements appear on the front-end:

Translated page on the front-end

Translating pages built using the WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer)

The Newspaper theme comes bundled with WPBakery Page Builder.

Visit our documentation page for detailed steps on how to translate contents built 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 categories and tags

With WPML, you can globally translate post categories and taxonomies. In addition, you can translate any custom taxonomy. For more details, check our tutorial on translating post categories and custom taxonomies.

Translating texts from the Newspaper 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

The Newspaper theme allows you to decide where to use the menus: on Top Bar, Main Menu, and Footer. It also lets you show a beautiful Mega Menu.

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

Having difficulties building your multilingual site? Get help from our official contractors

Our Contractors are experienced WordPress and WPML developers who are ready to help you with everything from building complete sites to developing custom components. They are experienced at building multilingual sites using the Newspaper theme and WPML. You can look them up based on specialty, project size, website category, and the different languages that they speak. Feel free to contact a contractor directly and obtain a quotation.

Getting help from our support

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