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How to translate my blog myself ?

  1. Hi everyone,

    I am just starting setting my blog and I would like it to be available in French and Spanish... but I want to translate my posts myself!
    So the readers can choose their language and read all the posts in the language they chose.
    Is there a simple way of doing that? Any suggestions for a beginner?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Make two blogs, one in Spanish and one in French. Link the two so readers know they could read the other language.
    Two blogs will allow the titles of widgets and so on to be in one language or the other.

  3. By the way, if the 2 blogs have the same theme most readers won't notice that the two are separate blogs.

  4. Thanks 1tess :)
    Though I will have to set 2 blogs instead of 1, with all the settings and stuff...
    Does anyone know any more "straightforward" method?

  5. You only have to do the settings once, and it's an hour's work or so if that. But if you want an alternative, the best I can think of is to do a post, categorize it with the language it's in, then copy and translate all that post and do ANOTHER post and categorize this one with the new language. Then you'll have twice as many posts on your blog, alternating languages. But if the accents are different you will have to choose just ONE for the settings, and that means that some letters may not show up right.

  6. Yes. You could make a category "French" and a category "Spanish" and assign the appropriate posts to each category. Readers could find posts in the language of their choice.

    But the tabs and widget titles etc would have to be one or the other, or in English or German or whatever, but you can use only one language for them.

    After that, you could just let all posts, French and Spanish, appear on the front page (home page, blogging page, or whatever the dynamic page is called in your theme), or you could set a static front page so readers would choose the language from the start.

    Blogs with static front pages, however suffer from a loss of SEO.

  7. mmm thanks a million to both of you... I'm going to think about that... and try and see which is less tiresome!
    Thanks again :)

  8. You're welcome.

  9. @bassdecasse
    Although I did read this thread and I am aware that you wish to do the translations yourself, for the benefit of other bloggers who may locate this thread in the future, and be amenable to using the Google translation widget, I would like to post a link to the workaround that can be used for using it on wordpress.com blogs into this thread http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/translation-widget?replies=20#post-304621

    Best wishes. :)

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