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Making WordPress multilingual


Polylang allows you to create a bilingual or multilingual WordPress site. You write posts, pages and create categories and post tags as usual, and then define the language for each of them. The translation of a post, whether it is in the default language or not, is optional.

  • You can use as many languages as you want. RTL language scripts are supported. WordPress languages packs are automatically downloaded and updated.
  • You can translate posts, pages, media, categories, post tags, menus, widgets...
  • Custom post types, custom taxonomies, sticky posts and post formats, RSS feeds and all default WordPress widgets are supported.
  • The language is either set by the content or by the language code in url, or you can use one different subdomain or domain per language
  • Categories, post tags as well as some other metas are automatically copied when adding a new post or page translation
  • A customizable language switcher is provided as a widget or in the nav menu

The author does not provide support on the forum. Support and extra features are available to Polylang Pro users.

If you wish to migrate from WPML, you can use the plugin WPML to Polylang

If you wish to use a professional or automatic translation service, you can install Lingotek Translation, as an addon of Polylang. Lingotek offers a complete translation management system which provides services such as translation memory or semi-automated translation processes (e.g. machine translation > human translation > legal review).


Thanks a lot to all translators who help translating Polylang. Thanks a lot to Alex Lopez for the design of the logo. Most of the flags included with Polylang are coming from famfamfam and are public domain. Wherever third party code has been used, credit has been given in the code’s comments.

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Author Frédéric Demarle
Contributors Chouby
Tags bilingual, international, language, localization, multilanguage, multilingual, translate, translation
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    The Polylang languages admin panel

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    The Strings translations admin panel

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    Multilingual media library

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    The Edit Post screen with the Languages metabox

  1. Make sure you are using WordPress 4.0 or later and that your server is running PHP 5.2.4 or later (same requirement as WordPress itself)
  2. If you tried other multilingual plugins, deactivate them before activating Polylang, otherwise, you may get unexpected results!
  3. Install and activate the plugin as usual from the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress.
  4. Go to the languages settings page and create the languages you need
  5. Add the 'language switcher' widget to let your visitors switch the language.
  6. Take care that your theme must come with the corresponding .mo files (Polylang automatically downloads them when they are available for themes and plugins in this repository). If your theme is not internationalized yet, please refer to the Theme Handbook or ask the theme author to internationalize it.

2.1.1 (2017-02-15)

  • Pro: Add filter 'pll_enable_duplicate_media' for a fine control of automatic media duplication
  • Add filter 'pll_links_model' for the links model class name
  • Trim any starting ^ from modified rewrite rules
  • Pro: Fix wrong count of plugins to udpate
  • Fix slashed strings translations not saved #94

2.1 (2017-01-25)

  • Minimum WordPress version is now 4.4
  • Pro: Add support for synchronized posts (same post in multiple languages)
  • Pro: Add support for custom post type UI and the Divi Builder
  • Improve support of Yoast SEO (no category base and post type archive breadcrumb title)
  • Move Languages menu at top level instead of submenu of the WordPress settings
  • Copy the original post date when creating a translation and when the date is synchronized (Props Jory Hogeveen) #32
  • Remove hreflang attributes on paged pages and paged posts
  • Add label to widget language dropdown for better accessibility (Props Lawrence Francell) #53 #56
  • Remove constants POLYLANG_URL and PLL_LOCAL_URL
  • wp_get_sidebars_widgets() and is_active_sidebar() are now filtered according to widgets languages #54
  • Add functions pll_esc_html__(), pll_esc_html_e(), pll_esc_attr__() and pll_esc_attr_e() to the API (Props jegbagus) #83
  • Pro: Fix conflict between WooCommerce shop on front and translated shop base slug
  • Pro: Fix $wp_rewrite search base and author_base not translated #68
  • Pro: Fix page preview does not log in the user when using sudomains
  • Fix: avoid setting the language cookie on 404 pages
  • Fix: rewrite rules order modified for custom post types archives
  • Fix: conflict with WP All Import causing our filters to fail in "Add Media" modal when editing a post
  • Fix: auto add pages not working for nav menus assigned to several locations
  • Fix: Jetpack infinite scroll for multiple domains #58 #74
  • Fix: serialize error in Strings translations when balanceTags option is active #63
  • Fix: static front page preview when redirected from the languages page #49
  • Fix: Auto add pages not working for nav menus assigned to several locations
  • Fix: Conflict with Woocommerce Show Single Variation
  • Fix: Parent page not synchronized in Quick edit (introduced in 2.0.8)
  • Fix: WPML API wpml_element_has_translations and wpml_post_language_details
  • Fix: unattached media translations not in language switcher
  • Fix: Conflict with WP Residence advanced search

See changelog.txt for older changelog

Where to find help ?

Is Polylang compatible with WooCommerce?

  • You need a separate addon to make Polylang and WooCommerce work together. A Premium addon is available.

Do you need translation services?

  • If you want to use professional or automatic translation services, install and activate the Lingotek Translation plugin.
Version 2.1.1

Requires WordPress version: 4.4 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 15 Feb 2017

Date Added: 22 Sep 2011

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