Multi-lingual WordPress Sites

Does your parish website need to be available in more than one language? Our website needs to serve both the English speaking and Spanish speaking communities.

If you use WordPress, there are a couple of ways to handle this issue. One is to use the WPML (WordPress Multilingual) to offer articles/pages in different languages on the same website. WPML is available here: http://wpml.org.

A different approach is to offer parallel websites: for instance one in English, one is Spanish. With WordPress 3, this can be done in a single WordPress installation by setting up the Network option. This effectively turns your WordPress installation into a network of sites. Instructions are here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_Multiple_Blogs

Which one to use? It depends. If you seriously need for the information in both languages to stay in lock-step, go for WPML. If the communities simply co-exist under a single parish umbrella, but have vastly different needs, then the WP-3 multi-user is a winner. If you fall in between, just check out both options.

Tech Tip Submitted by Beth Nicoll

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