You have developed a theme (or a plugin), and everything works nicely; you have your details nice and cool in style.css, and you also have a neat screenshot.png that shows the power and design of your theme. Now, it’s time to share it on WordPress.org or start selling it on Envato’s ThemeForest marketplace. But wait! We have a few recommendations that will help you distribute your theme to many more clients, and we are here to assist you in doing that.
Why make your WordPress theme multilingual?
Have you ever stared at the WordPress worldwide activity map for more than 30 seconds? Do I really need to explain why Going Global or making your theme ready for all languages is an important and beneficial thing? – The most important fact that you should know about your theme’s new users is that more than 50% of them would like to use your theme in a language other than English and this percentage will only keep on rising – see the extremely rapid growth in the number of non-English users.
How can WPML team help you make your WordPress theme multilingual?
Since the last few years, we have been running a Go Global program. This is not just a title; we have a dedicated team of six developers who test each theme and plugin sent to us, debug it, add or suggest fixes, and work with authors to make their themes fully multilingual and WPML-compatible. We do not stop here; we also maintain compatibility: we handle any issue reported by our clients and we keep an open channel with you when any major updates are coming to your theme.
The7 team: "We really appreciate efforts of WPML team, which have been put into helping to make our The7 theme compatible with WPML. Your experts never hesitate to contact us in order to test new theme and >plugin versions. Moreover, all our questions about WPML tools and theme compatibility are answered >extremely fast! We really hope to keep this kind of communication in future!"
Our list of themes and plugins tested and declared compatible now exceeds 1000 products, and it’s growing daily! All of the official compatible themes, plugins, and WooCommerce extensions are listed on WPML.org; that way, clients can browse through and choose the best solutions for them.
At the end of the compatibility testing, not only will you have a bug-free multilingual theme but also we will provide you with a “stamp of compatibility” and share the news of your theme being compatible with our clients. Additionally, we will help you write and share tutorials on how to set up your theme in other languages.
ProteusThemes: "At ProteusThemes we got a lot of request for multilingual sites and our lives are much easier since we integrated WPML support in our themes because it’s really simple to add additional languages to your WordPress site."
How to apply to the WPML WordPress multilingual program (Go Global)?
So, are you ready? All you need to do in order to assign a new theme (or plugin) is fill out the Go Global application, and our admin team will contact you with relevant details. And yes, the WPML compatibility testing is absolutely free!