How do you translate a classified and directory listing website? If you’re asking this question, then you most likely have a classified directory listing website. You aren’t alone in asking this.
This piece is a step-by-step guide on how to go about the entire process. We will guide you through all the stages of the process. By the end of it, you should translate your entire site easily from the content and images to menus and SEO.
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What Website Translation Procedure is the Best?
If you created your website using WordPress, you will find it pretty easy to translate it. You will still need a plugin for the main task. It is widely known that WordPress is translation or localisation ready, which is to say that WordPress has everything you need to translate your site.
However, it only means that translation of a WordPress site or theme is possible on the code level without needing to add any extension. So, if you’re a developer, WordPress has inbuilt structures that give you plugin and theme translation capabilities. But it’s likelier that you’re just an end-user.
This is where translation plugins come in. If you want to translate a classified website or Classified mobile app, you need to tick a few boxes. You will need the WPML plugin as well as our Classified Listing Multilingual plugin.
If you want to make the Classified Listing Multilingual Plugin work for you, you must have the Classified Listing Pro plugin first. If you do have it, ensure that you also have the WPML String Translation (2.9.1), WPML Multilingual CMS (4.3.5), and WPML Translation Management (3.0.5).
When you’ve purchased the two plugins and have used their documentation to install them to your site, you’re good to start.
Step 1: Configure the WPML Plugin
Go to your WordPress dashboard and locate the new WPML item. When you click on it, you will get started with its setup wizard.
The first thing you do is choose the existing language of your website. Alternatively, the plugin can automatically detect it on your behalf. Your next step will be choosing the languages you want to translate from the list that WPML will present you with.
Next, you have to choose where you want to place the language switcher on your site. This is an element that will let your users select the language in which they want to view your site.
If you haven’t registered your plugin, this is when the plugin will require you to enter the key, and voila! You’re done configuring the WPML plugin for your website.
Step 2: Configure the Classified Listing Multilingual Plugin Settings
When you’ve activated the plugin, you need to set it up, which is quite easy. Check the box that reads “Allow User to Translate Listing” so that you activate frontend translation.
Check the fields that you want to synchronize, for instance, the pricing meta data.
Step 3: WPML Settings
Enable whatever you want to translate, such as Categories and Location by going to WPML Settings 🡺 Taxonomies Translation.
For the media settings, you will go to WPML Settings 🡺 Media Translation.
Step 4: Admin End Translation Settings
You need to translate all Custom Fields, which we will cover. Also, if you want to enable Category and Location translation, then you need to translate all Category and Locations.
You have to translate the Classified Listing default page as well as other pages like My Account, Listing Form, and Checkout Page.
- Translation of Custom Fields
When you get to translating your custom fields, go to Classified Listing 🡺 Multilingual 🡺 Custom Fields.
Click on the + icon and translate the fields before clicking on save and close.
- Category Translation
When translating categories, go to Classified Listing 🡺 Multilingual 🡺 Category. Translate the field and click on save.
- Location Translation
To translate the location, you have to start by enabling the locations taxonomy translation. You do this from the WPML settings before translating the location by going to Classified Listing 🡺 Multilingual 🡺 Locations.
Click the + icon so you can translate the location name.
- Listing Translation
When translating listings from your admin end, go to Classified Listing 🡺 Multilingual 🡺 Listings.
Click on the + icon for the translation of the default listing Title, Slug, and Content. For your site to support custom fields that have radio, select, input fields,and other fields, you need to predefine the translation from the admin end first.
Step 5: Default Page Translation
You need to work the Translation Classified default page in the same way as the My Account, Listing Submission Form, Checkout Page, etc. Set the pages as follows:
- My Account Page – Retain the same shortcode
- Checkout Page – Not really necessary, but to translate this page, keep the same shortcode.
- Listing Submission Form – Keep the same shortcode.
- Listing Page – This archive page needs you to create a page in a different language since there’s no shortcode available here.
Step 6: Frontend Translation
Next, to take care of the frontend translation, go to the Language icon on the My Account page. Click on the + icon, which will give you a new window for translating the text.
That’s it – that’s how you translate your classified and directory listing website. Translating your WordPress website shouldn’t be a source of headache. When you’re using the WPML plugin as well as our Classified Listing Multilingual plugin, you’ll find it easy working your way around the translation of your site.
Get started now and increase your site’s potential and hopefully raise your conversions relatively fast.
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