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August 13, 2020

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:


Default language homepage Secondary language homepage

Getting started

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

Furthermore, ensure that the WPML Multilingual CMS, WPML String Translation, WPML Translation Management, and WPML Media Translation plugins are activated.

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 in your site, including pages and posts. For instructions and guidelines, please read our Getting Started Guide.

Translating pages built with WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer)

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.

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 post types

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:

  1. Go to the WPML → Settings page.
  2. Scroll down to Post Types Translation.
  3. Select the option Translatable – use translation if available or fallback to original language for the chosen post types.
Setting post types to "Translatable - use translation if available or fallback to default language"
Setting post types to “Translatable – use translation if available or fallback to default language”

Translating Portfolio pages and categories

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.

Translating Portfolio Items

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 WPMLTaxonomy Translation page using the following steps:

    1. Select the Project Categories from the drop-down menu and a list of categories will appear.
    2. Click the plus icon for translating a category of the respective language and use the dialog box that appears for adding the translation.
Translating taxonomies using the Taxonomy Translation page

Please note that the translations of categories are universal: done changes will be updated everywhere.

Translating texts from the Salient 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, language menus can be easily synchronized. For further information, please see our complete menus translation tutorial.

Translating Nectar sliders

Salient theme is associated with the Nectar slider. To translate its slide(s), use the following steps:

    1. Navigate to the slide editing screen and click on the “+” icon. This will take you to the Translation Editor.
    2. Add the translated text, choose the Translation is complete option for each field, and then click on Save & Close.
    3. Use the Copy from original option while translating the Slider Locations.
Click on the plus icon to translate the Nectar slide

To translate the slider page, click on the plus icon.

Translating pages that include Nectar sliders

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.

Translated slider on the front-end

Getting help from our official contractors

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.

Known Issues

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

Getting help from our support

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