WordPress supports most languages for changing your admin area. To set your WordPress language:
- Go to Settings> Reading
- Select your langauge from the language drop-down
This will change the WordPress texts in your admin panel. Your theme and plugins will now require additional manual translation by you unless they specifically support your language.
There are two recommended ways to go about translating your site. One is possible using free options, good for small sites, and the other uses the premium WPML plugin which includes support, best for eCommerce or large sites.
Option 1: Free plugins Loco Translate+Polylang or WeGlot
There are three plugins we can recommend for translating your theme or content in WordPress based on the active level of development and support they offer:
- PolyLang (for your content)
- LocoTranslate (for theme/plugin texts)
The following explains how you find the theme texts in Loco Translate for example:
Install the Loco Translate plugin to take care of translating theme and plugin texts and pair it with a free content translation plugin like PolyLang. These are free plugins available from Plugins > Add New in your WordPress dashboard.
Using Loco Translate basics:
- Once installed and activated, click on the Loco link on your admin menu
- Click on Themes and choose your theme
- If you just want to change text in English, click Edit on the existing English entry OR
- Click Add Language and select your language/locale.
- Click Edit
- Click Sync to load in the texts (note, these will be the original English texts)
- Select the text to edit and enter your translation in the bottom box.
- When finished translating or changing texts, click Save.
For free help with Loco Translate, visit https://localise.biz/wordpress/plugin/support
Free plugins have varying degrees of support. If you need help with configuration or translation, we recommend WPML:
Option 2: WPML
WPML is a premium plugin offering a full suite for translation of your themes and plugins (via the String Translation extension) and also handles entry of content in multiple languages and language switching in your menu.
We are not able to offer direct support for localization or translation of your theme. WPML is recommended as it comes with premium support in the event you need help with localizing or setting up the site languages.
Get WPML and more information here: http://wpml.org
Theme Specific help:
Theme Fusion has a wonderful walkthrough on using WPML with Avada here https://theme-fusion.com/avada-wpml-multilingual/