Translating Advanced Gutenberg with WPML

The WordPress Multilingual Plugin, better known as WPML, is a popular WordPress plugin to translate your site into other languages.

You can translate the Advanced Gutenberg plugin using WPML and this guide will show you how.

Install and Configure WPML

To get started, install and activate WPML’s family of plugins:

  • WPML Multilingual CMS
  • WPML String Translation
  • WPML Translation Management
  • WPML Media Translation

Next, it’s decision time. From WPML’s Languages tab add the languages that you want to support. The more languages you choose, the better your reach, but the more the work, so choose wisely!

To start translating, head to WPML’s settings page and check the “Use WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor” option. This feature is a WPML editor that connects with WPML-compatible Gutenberg blocks.

B2ap3 Large 2. Language
B2ap3 Large 2. Language

Translating Advanced Gutenberg Content

Once you add a language, you can use the top bar to switch between languages and write posts for a specific language. More importantly, if you want to create content for all editions of your WordPress blog, head to any post or page.

You should notice a new item in your Gutenberg editor’s Document side-menu called “Language”. From here, you can do two things:

  • Firstly, you can choose the original language that you are writing in, which defaults to your primary language.
  • Secondly, next to each language that you added earlier from WPML’s settings is a plus symbol. If you click the plus symbol, WPML will take you to the advanced translation editor to translate your post or page.
B2ap3 Large 3. Advanced Translation Editor
B2ap3 Large 3. Advanced Translation Editor

With Advanced Gutenberg, whatever custom block you are using – whether testimonials or an advanced table – the plugin integrates seamlessly with WPML. Insert the translation string and WPML will automatically add the string to the newly-created, translated block.

The document sidebar in Gutenberg has one last function to make your life easier. Whenever one post or page changes, the plus sign next to the translations will change to reflect that the international versions are incomplete. Simply click this button to complete the translation.

Just like that, block by block, one translation string after the other, you can internationalize your blog and grow your audience. So the next time you are racking your brain, trying to figure out what to create to boost your traffic, consider instead breaking down barriers – use Advanced Gutenberg’s integration with WPML to create a new, foreign audience for your WordPress blog.

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