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Bilingual blog and/or installing wordpress

  1. Hello, I'm very confused right now.

    I started a blog on WordPress.com, about a month ago, and I want to make it bilingual (it's only in french right now), but in a way that wouldn't make it visually awkward. I'd also like to avoid doing a second blog simply for the english language. I'd also like to keep it free (that's the main reason I wanted a blog)

    I looked a bit online, and was pointed to the "qtranslate plugin". Turns out it's a plugin for the wordpress software, which I haven't installed, though. So I downloaded it, and immediately started depressing when the "famous 5 minutes installation" asked me to do things I had no idea whatsoever how to do (yeah I pretty much suck at using a computer for things that are even a little advanced).

    So here's my question. Is there a way to make a relatively user friendly wordpress free blog with two languages (without having to write the same text twice for each article). If not, how do I install wordpress ? The main problem I have now, is that it asks me to put the files I downloaded online by creating a database. To do that, I apparently need to know my host (how does that work in the case of a wordpress.com blog ?) and also I seem to need yet another software to upload the files to the host. It tells me I have to use the control panel. I'm guessing this has nothing to do with the "dashboard". Do I aven have a control panel ? Is there even a sense in installing wordpress for a wordpress.com blog ?

    Please help me, this is really driving me nuts. Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is jeremydussaussoy.wordpress.com.

  2. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.com blogs and we bloggers cannot install plugins. That means we can't use Microsoft or Google translation widgets or any others, as they are JavaScript and it's stripped out to preserve security on this multiuser blogging platform. http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/#javascript

    However, I have translation on my WordPress.com blogs. There are two workarounds and you will find them here > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/02/14/translation-widget-for-wordpress-com-blogs/

    You can only set a single interface language for the blog here > Settings > General

    If you are bilingual or multilingual and want to publish your free hosted WordPress.com in two or more languages but do not want to rely on machine translation that can be done see here > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/02/25/wordpress-com-multilingual-blogs/

  3. If not, how do I install wordpress ?

    WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate.

    We provide support only for free hosted WordPress.COM blogs being hosted right here on this multiuser blogging platform.

    WordPress.com and WordPress.org have different log-ins and run different versions of themes with same names. If you don't have a username account at WordPress.ORG click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.ORG bloggers.

  4. If you decide to move then below is a summary of the steps you must take. You will need to create an XML export file of your content. It will not include the theme as they cannot be exported. See 3 below.

    WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate.
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    1. Hire a web host http://wordpress.org/hosting/

    2. Set up a WordPress.org install and equip it with a theme and plugins.
    http://wordpress.org/themes/
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/

    3. Export your content out of your WordPress.com blog http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/ and import it into the install.

    4. Purchase a site redirect upgrade from wordpress.com
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/site-redirect/ or if you have domain mapping then update the nameservers http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/

    5. Transfer subscribers and stats. See http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/moving-your-subscribers/

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