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 Appearance -> Themes page.

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

For getting a better translation experience with contents created using Visual Composer, activate WPML Translation Editor. To do this, go to the WPML -> Settings page. There, check the Use the translation editor option under the How to translate posts and pages section and click Save.

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 Visual Composer

The Salient theme comes bundled with Visual Composer.

Please visit our documentation page for stepwise instructions on how to translate contents built with Visual Composer.

Translating post types

With the new translation mode named “Translatable – use translation if available or fallback to default language,” WPML can automatically display the translation of the post type if it is available. Else, it will display the post in the default language. Thus, 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 follow the steps outlined below:

  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 stepwise 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.

Translating Portfolio categories

Furthermore, the Portfolio Categories can be translated on the WPML -> Taxonomy Translation page by performing the following steps:

    1. Select the Project Categories from the drop-down menu whereupon a list of categories will appear.
    2. Click the “+” 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

It should be noted that the translations of categories are universal: executed 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 the slide(s), follow the steps outlined below:

    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 + icon to translate the Nectar slide
Translating the slide using the Translation Editor

To translate the slider page, click on the “+” icon.

Translating pages that include Nectar sliders

Translate the textual elements on the page and mark them as Translation is complete. The Copy from original option can be used for translating the slider shortcode. Finally, click on Save & Close.

Translate the text elements on the page and copy the slider shortcode from original language

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, and 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.

Getting help from our support

We have supporters in our forum who are ready six days a week to help you. They are trained in how to use WPML with Salient.

If you are working with a developer for your site, please use our Translation support forum to get help with translating your site’s content.

If you are setting up the site and WPML yourself, please use our Technical support forum.