Today at the request of several regular readers of the blog, who have contacted me via email asking me to talk about it, I will speak of setting up a blog in more than one language on the WordPress.com platform, as is the case with this blog you are reading, which is in Spanish and English and already told its advantages and motivations. I hope to answer their questions, and also, to publish it helps someone else.
But before we continue, I will say that the most common and flexible to do, is not WordPres.com but with WordPress.org and WPML.org plugin (WordPress Multi Language), at least in my experience, because it allows absolutely all we want. And not only to create a multilingual blog, but for a website with so many languages we want, controlling all perfectlly.
But despite this, for me WordPress.com has been the most convenient to have my personal blog, for allowing me to use the best content management system, which is WordPress, without having to spend time that I have not the technical aspect: updates , backups, upgrades, etc, although if it means sacrificing other aspects PRO to my personal blog and for the moment, I think it is still the best option.
That said, I will reveal the “secret” involved, and that is, is just being that natively WordPress.com does not have that option available, and I, in one way or another wanted to have a bilingual blog, or in more than one language, I looked for ways to at least look like it, but really is not. I explain.
If you look, the Spanish version of this blog, is: ivarsmas.wordpress.com, and the English version is: ivarsmore.wordpress.com, with it you will realize that they are actually two completely different blogs that only vary of 2-3 letters in the user name: ivarsmAS and ivarsmORE, which in turn is WordPress.com the blog subdomain.
Then we only have to clone the aesthetics, both the template and images, such as widgets on the side, with exactly the same order and configuration so there is no perceptible difference. As well as static pages, and menu setup order. Here’s an important detail, because to do so we have to use Menus option, which are within the Appearance section of our left side menu of WordPress administration. Not leaving that this menu include customizable link to another language, referring to the other version and pointing internally to URL of another blog and vice versa. And only we would not forget to write in the two blog posts in each language .. 😉
Jokes aside, it is advisable to combine more user experience as a whole, reinforcing with a Facebook fan page for the blog, and the Twitter user with the same aesthetic, name and so on, because as I said before, are inseparable trio. Although in my case I have a Facebook page just for the blog, there may be cases that are interested in using to locate options for countries Facebook pages for each article go to the corresponding country version, but that’s another topic.
Perhaps you expected something more sophisticated or elegant, but rather is a way of finding a solution to get what we want. Although the day WordPress understands this need and lack permits involved and natively, it will be great. As well I think the result is not bad at all. What do you think? Do you like it? Would you have been some doubt? If so ask me in the comments please.