Set Up a Multilingual Blog
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Do you want to create a multilingual blog? Here are three different ways you can set up your blog if you have content in multiple languages:
Option 1: One Blog, One Post
You can create one blog, and have each post or page contain the same content in both languages.
Write your posts: When you write a post, do the first half in one language. Then, at the bottom of the post, write it in the other language. That way, anyone reading your site just knows they need to scroll.
Link to the other language: In the beginning of each post, you can add a page jump so that your readers can skip ahead to their language.
Option 2: One Blog, Two Posts
You can create one blog, and have different posts and pages with the same content in each language.
Write your posts: When you write a post, write it in one language. Then, create a new post and write it in the second language. You can add categories to your posts to organize them.
Link to the other language: You can also have a link on each post or page to send people to the same content in the other language.
Create a menu to link to your other language: You can use custom menus to make it easier for your readers to find all the posts in each language:
- Create or edit a custom menu
- Add an element to your menu linking to your category for your other language
Option 3: Two Blogs
You can create two separate blogs, one for each language.
Create both blogs: Create two sites using the same theme. If you need to create another site for your alternate-language content, refer to this support article for adding a blog to your account.
Choose a domain for each blog: Do you want your blog to have a custom domain? You can use two different domain names or set up a subdomain of the main domain. For example, you can have one blog at my-english-site.com and the other at mon-site-francais.com, or you could have my-website.com and fr.my-website.com. It’s up to you!
Link to the other language: You can use custom menus to cross-link your blogs. Add a custom link to each menu that links to your other blog, so visitors can switch to that language easily.
Write your posts: Set one blog’s language to the first language in which you write, the other to the second language. Each time you write a post, write it twice, once in Language #1 on blog #1 and again in Language #2 on blog #2.
Your followers can subscribe to one blog or both, and your posts will appear in the Tags section in the Reader for each blog’s language.
Here are some examples of multilingual blogs on WordPress.com.