bilingual site/blog (not the automatic machine translation)

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  • #1185971

    kikacap
    Member

    how can I have a bilingual blog/site on wordpress.com? I need my site to be in english chinese and italian…I don’t need the translations, I can make them by myself. I need the possibility to choose the language…
    thank a lot!:)
    kika

    The blog I need help with is shopthechic.me.

    #1186171

    timethief
    Member

    You can set only one interface language in any blog here > Settings > General
    However, you can write a blog post in the three different languages and then post the three versions of the entry on the same blog, make each language category (English, Chinese, Italian) , create a custom menu and add the categories pages to it.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#creating-a-custom-menu
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-category-pages-to-your-menu
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    #1186179

    kikacap
    Member

    Yep, ok. Thank you for your kind and fast reply:)
    so there’s no chance to have the buttons for English, Chinese, Italian versions of the same site (actually I’m using the blog as website), right? My site is http://www.shopthechic.me
    thanks!:)
    kika

    #1186181

    timethief
    Member

    I don’t know what you mean by buttons. There are tabs in the custom menu bar. Using the blog as a post based blog or as a page based website is irrelevant. WordPress blogs can be structured either way.

    #1186187

    kikacap
    Member

    I mean the buttons you usually have on websites to swich from one language to another, so that the same website can be red by people speaking different languages just by choosing the language they prefer. Sorry I was not very clear:)
    thanks!
    kika

    #1186190

    timethief
    Member

    That’s what I thought you meant. You need to hire a web host and set up a wordpress.ORG install to have that.

    #1186192

    timethief
    Member

    However, what I describe above produces the same result.
    You can write a blog post in the three different languages and then post the three versions of the entry on the same blog, make each language category (English, Chinese, Italian) , create a custom menu and add the categories pages to it. https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/bilingual-siteblog-not-the-automatic-machine-translation?replies=6#post-1184289

    #1186195

    kikacap
    Member

    that’s what I was afraid to hear… I guess wordpress.ORG is a bit too complicated for someone who doesn’t know a lot about websites like me…:'(

    #1186199

    timethief
    Member

    The only difference is that there are WordPress.ORG themes with plugins that do what you want to do automatically. I explained how to do that manually on a WordPress.com blog.

    It’s my very strongly held opinion that anyone who has not mastered WordPress.COM blogging should not even consider moving to self hosting a WordPress.ORG install.

    #1186200

    kikacap
    Member

    I do totally agree:)
    thanks! have a nice day!
    kika

    #1186202

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome and best wishes for a great weekend, kika. :)

    #1186217

    raincoaster
    Member

    You can do it easily in English and Italian, since they use basically the same alphabet; just make two different blog posts. But you can’t also do it in Chinese, since that uses an entirely different alphabet.

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