Multilingual sites

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This document is for sites running on WordPress.com VIP.

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What do I need when contacting WordPress.com VIP? Multilingual sites can widely vary in both display needs and content-entry needs, so when contacting WordPress.com VIP about your multilingual site, it can be helpful to share the following information:

  1. Where will the original content be authored, created, edited, and deleted? Will this be in the WordPress.com VIP environment, or will it be elsewhere and then imported in?
  2. Where will the language specific theme files be authored, created, edited, and deleted? How will this content be brought into the VIP environment and managed?
  3. What is the desired UX for editors in switching between various languages?
  4. What is the desired UX for viewers in selecting a language for the site? Will this be automated or manual? Can they only switch between landing pages, or will they be able to toggle an article in different languages?

The more details you can provide about how you expect your multilingual site to work, the better our recommendations can be.

Can I set up a multilingual site on WordPress.com VIP?

Yes, absolutely. For multilingual sites we typically recommend setting up separate sites — in previous experience we’ve learned that this is the least complicated way of handling multilingual content, and typically over time the different language sites need different things and end up diverging anyway.

Just to clarify, when you set up separate wp.com instances for each language, you can set them up under different subdomains, but not different subdirectories. For example, you will be able to set up french.yourdomain.com and italian.yourdomain.com, but you will not be able to set up yourdomain.com/fr and yourdomain.com/it. 

How do a set a blog/admin’s language?

You can do that under Language Settings.

What multilingual plugins can we use on WordPress.com VIP?

We review multilingual plugins just like any other plugin. Please take a look at our plugin review guidelines here, and contact us if you have any questions.

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