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October 11, 2021

GeneratePress is a multi-purpose WordPress theme that comes with many add-ons that allow you to build any niche site. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create WordPress multilingual sites using the GeneratePress theme and WPML.


Getting started

Make sure that the GeneratePress theme is activated, by going to the Appearance → Themes page. This tutorial includes GeneratePress premium add-ons which you need to activate on the Plugins page.

Make sure you activate the WPML Multilingual CMS, WPML String Translation, WPML Translation Management, and WPML Media Translation plugins.

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 also translate any types of contents on your site, including pages and posts.

For an easy start, read our Getting Started Guide.

Translating GeneratePress Elements

To translate GeneratePress Elements 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 contents yourself.

  1. When editing an element, click the plus icon corresponding to the language you want to translate your element into. In this example, we are translating a header element.
Click the “plus” icon to translate the Element
  1. This takes you to the translation editor page. Add the translated content and publish the page.

This is how the translated header element looks on the front-end.

The translated header element

Translating texts from GeneratePress 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 GeneratePress menus

WPML allows you to easily synchronize between your language’s menus. We recommend that you see our full menus translation tutorial.

Translating WooCommerce elements using WCML

To translate everything that WooCommerce offers, download the WooCommerce Multilingual plugin (WCML) from your WPML account. Visit our dedicated WCML documentation to learn how to set up a multilingual store and translate your products, categories, variations, shipping classes and more.

Known Issues

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

Getting help from our support

In case you need help translating your site built using GeneratePress 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.