Salient is a multipurpose WordPress theme that is suited for numerous applications. It possesses several pre-built demos and an easy-to-use page builder. It also helps in facilitating the customization process by providing a useful theme options panel. In this tutorial, users can learn how to build multilingual websites using the Salient theme and WPML.
Here is a short video that explains the process of building multilingual sites using Salient and WPML:
- Getting started
- WPML translation tools
- Translating pages
- Translating pages built with WPBakery Page Builder
- Adding translation support for custom WPBakery Page Builder modules
- Translating post types
- Translating Portfolio pages and categories
- Translating texts from the Salient theme, plugins, and other places
- Translating menus
- Translating Nectar sliders
- Getting help from our official contractors
- Getting help from our support staff
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Make sure that the Salient theme is activated, by going to the Appearance → Themes page.
Furthermore, ensure that the WPML Multilingual CMS, WPML String Translation, WPML Translation Management, and WPML Media Translation plugins are activated.
WPML offers two translation editors you can use for translating your site’s content:
- WPML classic translation editor (CTE).
- WPML advanced translation editor (ATE) offers automatic translation, a glossary, spell checker, and more! The automatic machine translation service starts at $4.98/month for 5,000 words and provides enough word quota for most sites.
Besides translating your site content yourself, you can also:
- Send your content for translation to a professional translation service.
- Create your own team of local translators from the Translation Roles tab in Translation Management and assign translation jobs to them.
With WPML, you can translate any types of contents in your site, including pages and posts. For instructions and guidelines, please read our Getting Started Guide.
The Salient theme comes bundled with WP Bakery Page Builder.
Please visit our documentation page for step-by-step instructions on how to translate contents built with WPBakery Page Builder.
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.
WPML provides the Translatable – use translation if available or fallback to default language mode. It automatically displays the translation of the post type if it is available. Otherwise, it will display the post in the default language. This means that users can simply show the original content if no translation is available, without the need to duplicate the content. To control the translation mode for each post types, please use the following steps:
- Go to the WPML → Settings page.
- Scroll down to Post Types Translation.
- Select the option Translatable – use translation if available or fallback to original language for the chosen post types.
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 the documentation page for step-by-step instructions on translating the contents yourself.
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.
Furthermore, the Portfolio Categories can be translated on the WPML → Taxonomy Translation page using the following steps:
- Select the Project Categories from the drop-down menu and a list of categories will appear.
- Click the plus icon for translating a category of the respective language and use the dialog box that appears for adding the translation.
Please note that the translations of categories are universal: done changes 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, language menus can be easily synchronized. For further information, please see our complete menus translation tutorial.
Salient theme is associated with the Nectar slider. To translate its slide(s), use the following steps:
- Navigate to the slide editing screen and click on the “+” icon. This will take you to the Translation Editor.
- Add the translated text, choose the Translation is complete option for each field, and then click on Save & Close.
- Use the Copy from original option while translating the Slider Locations.
To translate the slider page, click on the plus icon.
Translate the textual elements on the page and save the changes.
The following figure illustrates how the translated slider looks like on the front-end.
Our Contractors are experienced WordPress and WPML developers who are proficient in building multilingual sites using Newspaper theme and WPML. They would be glad to address any problems that users might face – starting from building complete sites to developing customized components. You can search for our contractors according to their specialty, project size, website category, and different languages spoken by the contractors. Please feel free to contact the contractors directly for getting a cost estimate.
In case you need help translating your site built using Salient and WPML, visit WPML’s support forum.