Looking to add a WordPress Language Switcher to your website? This tutorial highlights three easy methods and best practices for displaying an effective and eye-catching language switcher in WordPress.
No matter what kind of site you have, the easiest way to let visitors view your content in their preferred language is with a WordPress language switcher. In a nutshell, language switchers can be text, a button, or a dropdown on a page that users can click (or tap) to translate the content into another language. Generally, you’ll find WordPress language switchers in the header, footer, or navigation.
It doesn’t matter what form your language switcher takes, the important thing is giving visitors a convenient way to switch to their preferred language. It’s essential for improving the overall user experience of any multilingual website.
In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at some examples of language switchers on popular websites and cover how you can add one to your site with TranslatePress.
Let’s get started.
5 Examples of WordPress Websites with Language Switchers
Language switchers can take many forms, from language codes and flags to dropdowns and localized text.
Let’s take a look at a variety of real-world examples of language switchers.
The official WordPress.org site displays a prominent green text box in the middle of the homepage
WordPress maintenance is crucial for any type of website. Learn how to take care of your WordPress site or hire WordPress professionals who can help you!
Creating a WordPress site isn’t enough. You also need to pay attention to some good ol’ WordPress maintenance. When you’ve put lots of time into creating your site, it can be disheartening to think that the work isn’t over. In fact, it’s only just begun. But it doesn’t have to be a burden.
In this post, I’ll go through some WordPress maintenance best practices and give you some tips to make it more effective. I’ll also include a guide to paying someone else to do it and review some of the best providers of WordPress support services.
Putting Your WordPress Site into Maintenance Mode
Plenty of the work you do to maintain your WordPress site won’t involve putting it in maintenance mode, but sometimes you’ll need to do this—so it pays to know what it means.
When your site is in maintenance mode, it means that you’re telling visitors and search engines that it’s currently unavailable, but that unavailability is planned and temporary (i.e. your site hasn’t gone down).
When you update WordPress, or you update a theme or plugin, WordPress will automatically go into maintenance mode (stuck in maintenance mode?
In this article, we’ll show you plugins, themes, and services you might have missed or haven’t bought because they were a bit too pricey for your budget.
There is a reason why Black Friday is called „black“, and it is not because of the black-eye that lady gave you when you elbowed her to get to that LG microwave last year. Contrary to popular opinion widespread by SJWs and soy-boys, it is also NOT because slave traders gave discounts at their godforsaken auctions on the day after Thanksgiving. No Siree Bob, someone was just evil and deranged enough to create that meme couple of years ago, but just because it’s out there, doesn’t mean it’s true. Black Friday actually got its name back in 1966, when the Philadelphia Police Department used it to describe the awful traffic jams and crowds in the downtown stores.
So, what you now know as one whole day of crazy-low prices and angry shopping, was pretty much always just that – one whole day of crazy low prices and crazy shopping.
However, it’s not as innocently crazy as it seems. Would you believe us if we told you that there is actually a website that only follows death and injury counts on Black Friday? Well there is, and current count stands at 12 for Black Friday deaths, and 117 for Black Friday injuries for the period from 2006 to 2008. Pshish!
Ep 15: Morten Rand-Hendriksen. On ethics in design & technology and the case for WordPress governance
Podcast interview with Morten Rand-Hendriksen diving into the case for #wpgovernance
Ep 15: Morten Rand-Hendriksen. On ethics in design & technology and the case for WordPress governance
Morten Rand-Hendriksen has made it his mission to help people understand and get the most out of the web, and contribute to the debates about ownership and democratization of information, design philosophy, and the open web. His 60+ published courses on WordPress, front end web design and development, and web standards on LinkedIn Learning have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of viewers from all over the world. In this conversation Sean interviews Morten on the ethics of Open Source, our responsibility to the greater tech design community for having a seat at the table for conversations in government which have implications for WordPress and Open Source in general. Also covered: Morten shares a swing dancing catastrophic dance move, what he’s advocating for in the WordPress community and beyond and some of his favorite musical and literary influences. Enjoy!
While the center of interest for both the client and designer is the web design, the tug of war between them is a never-ending scenario.
The story of web design is nothing less than a fairytale where the damsel in distress ‘client’ wants their design to be created and saved by the ‘designer’ knight in the shining armor. The tale is as old as the internet itself, where the relationship between the client and the designer is still the hot potato that keeps revolving inside the web design sphere. Can you make the logo a bit bigger?
Mind change the color scheme and the font to the one I gave you?
Add images of KITTENS.
Web designers can recall the moments they’ve heard the same or similar demands from their clients. Because of the difference in their perceptions, it seems like both of them belong to different planets. The designer is the expert and might suggest better ways to make the client’s site a success, but stress and pressure lingers everywhere, distorting the relationship he needs to build with the client.
On the other side, the client has to undergo frustration as well. He wants a website that looks the way he wants while making the impact and keeping the costs within his budget. Since the client lacks most of the technical knowledge in the background, the chances to skim down
Do you want other bloggers to follow you? Here are interesting tips to connect with bloggers and build relationships to have a successful blog.
Whether you’re a new blogger or an established one, you always welcome feedback, suggestions, appreciation, and even criticism from people, right? How about your fellow bloggers who are either write posts in the same or different niche than yours? When you blogging friends comment on your post, believe me, you will feel overwhelmed. Yes, genuine online relationships work wonder to give you a new strength especially if you are a blogger or a creative writer.
But, do you think it is easy to make friends with fellow bloggers? Well, this post contains top tips to make this seemingly impossible task easy for you. But, before moving forward, let’s go through some of the strong reasons why you should go for genuine blogging friendships.
Interaction– Even if you are a ghostwriter, you just do not want that your blog remains like a ghost town blog without any comments, share, or other interaction. You want people to come up with their suggestions or feedback, right? There, you need blogging friends.
Inspiration– It is fairly possible that your target audience or people belonging to the domain of your blog may not give any reaction after reading your post, but your blogging
What are the best WordPress themes out there for your business? We'll show you 5 theme providers which are all translation ready with Weglot.
One of the first steps after choosing WordPress as your CMS platform of choice is to select a theme fit for promoting your business. And, if you’re an internationally minded business owner or entrepreneur, then we’re guessing that at some point your goal is to reach new audiences.
With this in mind, you’ll want to look for a WordPress theme provider that works perfectly for creating a multilingual WordPress site.
You’d be right in thinking website translation is no longer an option, it’s a must have if you’re looking to do business with other countries. Or maybe you do business in a country that speaks more than one language? Or, perhaps you don’t realize you’re doing business in a country with more than one language.
Surprise fact alert…if you work within the US and think the English language is your only target market, you might be interested to learn that it’s the world’s second-largest Spanish-speaking country, following only Mexico.
So, as we move towards a world that’s becoming ever connected, where the countries we do business in are not only multilingual speaking, but the demand for purchasing products
This is why you need to implement redirects as a means of communicating the moved page’s new location without denying anyone access to them.
Changing the URL of an existing page on your WordPress site without creating redirects could hurt the website’s user experience and your digital presence, regardless of your many good reasons for doing so. Let’s say you have a page with a URL yourdomain.com/ballet-shoes/, and for the sake of changing your site’s structure, you renamed the URL to yourdomain.com/foot-wears/ballet-shoes, which could also improve the page’s SEO. Though the new structure makes a lot of sense to you and of course, in keywords search, you have successfully denied old users access to the page and possibly new visitors if Google had indexed the page.
Google has no means of knowing that the page has been moved into the foot-wears folder by itself. Hence, it will continue to show visitors the old URL. Similarly, the page’s old users who had bookmarked the URL would also be directed to a dead-end (404 error page) when they try to access your ballet-shoes page through the old link.
This is why you need to implement redirects as a means of communicating the moved page’s new location without denying anyone access to them.
However, the example above is not the only scenario that
Don't have fair amount of traffic on your website? Here are top 10 ways to increase user engagement and conversions as well.
The potential for success for your website depends on the number of visitors you can attract to it, daily. Yet, you find that there is a lot of competition in the online space, and you must find a way to stand out. Here are a few ideas that help you increase user engagement. Those on the online platform will look for ways to ensure that their websites remain the most relevant. You can therefore not afford to be complacent on the online space. You also have to contend with the fact that the attention span of the online user is very small. There is so much content that they can interact with, that it can be challenging to attract and keep them on your website.
You, however, need to find a way to engage with your visitors. It is especially critical if you use your online platform for e-commerce purposes. You need people to see and interact with the products so that you convert the visitors into customers.
Anytime a visitor does not spend sufficient time on your website; you lose the chance to make a sale. It also doesn’t help if they spend time on your site, but do not take action you desire. You must, therefore, find a way of engaging with your online visitors so that you can achieve
Accessibility has become a big topic in public discussion over the last few years, but due to costs it, it can still be left out as a "nice to have." This week, Svetlana Kouznetsova, an accessibility consultant, talks about why it's a must - and should be considered as a cost of doing business. And of-course...how you can do it well!
Transcript Full Transcript coming soon.
Joe: Hi Svetlana! Thanks for joining me on the show today! Why don’t you tell us a little about who you are and what you do.
Sevtlana: Hello Joe! Thanks for having me. I’m an independent consultant specializing in user experience and accessibility. I work with business owners, media producers, corporations, event organizers, educational institutions to help them make their products, services, events user friendly and accessible. I’m also a founder of Audio Accessibility and provide consulting and training to media and event producers on how to make high quality captioning and other types of communication access for media and events. I’m an international speaker and an author of a book, Sound Is Not Enough: Captioning as Universal Design. It’s currently undergoing the second edition. Last year I gave a TEDx talk about captioning access. And I”m based in NYC area.
J: Great! I’m a big participant in the WordPress community and there’s been a big focus on accessibility over the last few years, especially with the latest version of WordPress and the new editor. I’ve also been getting transcripts
Google Site Kit is now available for everyone from the official WordPress repo. Site Kit makes it easy for WordPress site owners to understand how their site is doing and what to do next.
Today, we’re announcing that Site Kit is available for everyone to install from the WordPress plugin directory. Site Kit is Google’s official WordPress plugin – it enables you to setup and configure key Google services, get insights on how people find and use your site, learn how to improve, and easily monetize your content. At WordCamp EU in Berlin in June 2019, we released Site Kit as a developer preview. Thanks to the thousands of developers who installed it and provided valuable feedback over the past 6 months on GitHub! We’ve drastically simplified the setup flow, fixed lots of bugs, and polished the main user flows.
Who is Site Kit for?
Site Kit makes it easy for WordPress site owners to understand how their site is doing and what to do next. As a WordPress site owner, Site Kit offers you:
Convenient and easy access to relevant stats directly in your WordPress dashboard. We save you time — see the key information right when you sign in.
Cross-product insights — Google Search Console, Google Analytics, PageSpeed Insights, AdSense — are combined into a single, intuitive dashboard. We help you make informed decisions, quickly.
No source code
Tutorial focusing on automatic translation as a great starting point to building multilingual WordPress sites faster and cheaper.
Creating a multilingual WordPress site is a pretty laborious task. You first need to figure out what languages you want your site to be available in, then find the best translation plugin for your project. Only after this you’ll get to the part where you actually translate your site content. This process is probably the most time consuming of all the above. Automatically translating your WordPress site is a excellent way to speed up the translation process and use automatic translations as a starting point for your multilingual content. You can have everything translated in minutes, not days or weeks.
In this tutorial we’ll go through how to automatically translate WordPress sites fast and with minimal costs by using TranslatePress.
TranslatePress offers both automatic and manual translations. What sets TranslatePress apart from other multilingual solutions is that you can to translate all your site content directly from the front-end, by using a visual translation interface.
Let’s get started…
Why you should Automatically Translate WordPress Site
Translating your WordPress site automatically is an excellent choice that will allow you to go multilingual, while
Joshua Strebel Interview! Learn from the CEO of Pagely, the first company to launch Managed WordPress Hosting
Hey guys, did you miss our interviews? If you did, we are back with another piece featuring the CEO of Pagely, mister Joshua Strebel. Just like every entrepreneur, he’s a busy man, but we finally managed to make him answer a few curiosities we had about his business and approach to life. Before getting to today’s topic, let’s recap our last discussion with Jack Lenox from Automattic/WordPress VIP. If you want to hear more about web sustainability and energy-efficient websites, check out the video from #WCEU together with its transcript here.
But this is Joshua’s interview, so let’s get to know him better. If you’ve been part of the WordPress community for some time now, you’ve probably heard about Pagely before. What probably only a few know is that Pagely was the first company to launch a managed WordPress hosting service. So he’s one of the guys to thank for bringing innovation in WordPress.
Joshua has been the leading brain behind this business for around 13 years now, together with his longtime wife, Sally. He is the man good at everything in his company, a WordCamp speaker, and who believes integrity is what keeps a team united. And
I'm super excited to roll out this year's gift guide for people who work from home. Lots of us are remote workers and this is stuff I've found useful. I hope you like it!
Working from home means you spend most of your time communicating with other via email or on video calls. Here are some gifts to help with both Using a good webcam is clutch for video calls, and the Logitech C920 falls perfectly between price and quality.
If you want to go for an upgrade, or your giftee is a streamer who needs that 4K quality, the Logitech BRIO will get the job done!
Along with that, a good mic is also important. The ATR2100 is perfect! Solid quality, great price.
The Blue Yeti is another popular one. If you want to see more recording gear, check out my Podcaster's Gift Guide.
The FOCUSED Calendar: This year calendar is a fantastic way to get a bird's eye view of what's going on, as well as plan out a year's worth of projects. I have one on my wall right now!
For digital communication, there are a lot of apps that I love. You could grab an App Store Gift Card so that your giftee could grab some of these:
These are especially good since macOS Catalina came out, since we'll see more iOS apps on the Mac.
Working from home also means you need to be comfortable. It also means never having to put on real clothes. Slippers, PJ Pants, a solid desk chair, and a really good coffee
Not enough people use staging sites before making changes to their live sites. This article and video helps them understand why they should, and how to do it.
Staging is what we call an environment that we create where we can experiment and test our website before it goes live so that your active site is not affected. It allows you to fix things like bugs and plugin conflicts. Staging has several other advantages, like speed, for example. if you’re using a local installation on your computer, it makes working on WordPress super-fast, because you won’t be relying on your internet connection.
So if you’ve always wondered how, or felt that it might be too complicated, this Monday Masterclass, we’ll be showing you how easy, and fun it is to set up a staging environment.
So let’s get started with staging.
First, we should clarify the main or practical difference between an online environment or a live site, and a local environment or staging site. Let’s say you’re developing a new medicine or drug. The best place to develop it would be in a laboratory, where you have complete control of the environment and materials. Later, once we’ve got it working, it’s ready to go to its first trials, where we test the drug on subjects. When it comes to website building, the local environment or staging
After much back and forth in building, testing, building, testing, and reviewing we are super excited to announce that wd_s is now a Gutenberg-first theme!
They have done exactly that.
For quite some time now, our wd_s starter theme has been powered in part by Advanced Custom Fields. Using the Flexible Content Field, we were able to create a page builder-esque experience for users. This experience lived on the backend when editing posts and pages. We didn’t set out to create a full-on page builder or content builder like the ones we’ve used in the past. We simply understood the need for users to have full control over their content, the placement of that content, and the overall structure of their posts and pages.
And it worked! It worked for a long time. In fact, it still works beautifully.
With the advent of WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg became the hot topic when discussing the CMS. Some absolutely loved the new experience while others reviled it for myriad reasons, such as it felt rushed, it
A website project manager does more than just document all the things. Learn what a dedicated project manager truly can accomplish for a website project. Let's debunk the myths!
Have you ever heard any project management myths? Have you encountered them yourself? By the end of this article, the goal is to help debunk some common project management myths and help share some helpful knowledge along the way. Wikipedia describes project management as:
…the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time. The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals within the given constraints.
While every project is unique and has its own special characteristics, the project management team at WebDevStudios follows this project life cycle to meet the desired deliverables. The goal is to exceed our client’s expectations.
Anyone can manage a project, but in order to effectively project manage, it requires an infusion of effective communication skills, strong leadership skills, a scoop of curiosity, a blend of interpersonal skills and some organizational magic to be successful. Let’s get to debunking common project management myths now.
Myth #1: The role of a project manager is just to create documentation.
ACF, one of the most popular plugins amongst developers introduces new pricing plans for 2020. :)
It’s been a while since we last reviewed our pricing. In fact, you could argue we never have! Our premium plugin journey began back in 2011 with the release of the Repeater field – our claim to fame, so to speak. Priced reasonably for the time, the Repeater field sold well and paved the way for another three add-ons to be developed; Options Page, Flexible Content field and Gallery field.
In 2015, we streamlined our product offering by combining those four premium Add-ons into a single professional plugin; ACF PRO. We used a similar approach in pricing, adding together the cost of each individual feature for the “unlimited” license. That same price still stands today – $100 AUD (a one-time purchase) – even with the additions of new groundbreaking features such as ACF Blocks.
It’s safe to say that pricing has never been at the forefront of our roadmap. Instead, we have stayed focused on more exciting things like developing new features, fixing bugs, and helping our users. But with an ever-growing user base, our “classic” pricing model is no longer helping our cause – to Build anything with WordPress.
In light of this, we are
Here’s a deep-dive into the hugely successful strategy behind WP FeedBack’s $100k+ plugin launch!
Have you ever heard of a WordPress plugin (or theme) that made over $100,000 in its first 30 days after launch? After spending hours Googling for successful plugins in the WordPress space that we could learn from, I couldn’t find any. As a big believer in transparency and knowledge sharing, I promised myself that if we met our goal of making $100k+ during our launch, I would share everything that we learned so other plugin and theme developers would be able to replicate the “recipe” we used to bootstrap our business.
Spoiler alert – we ended up making over $100,000 during the launch
Avada's Fusion Builder and GeoDirectory are fully compatible and you can use them together to easily build beautiful Business Directory Websites that are engaging and profitable.
These days, most people won’t set foot in a store or an office without looking it up online beforehand. With online directories, such as Google Maps, Yelp, and TripAdvisor, you can learn everything you need to know about any business right from your phone. Online business directories might seem complicated at first; however, at the core, they all require a common framework and functionality to deliver marketable information. You should be able to share business locations, reviews, photos, prices, and any other vital information with your audience. And with the right WordPress theme, plugin, and approach, you can set up your online business directory as a marketing and public service powerhouse.
In this article, we’ll talk about why starting your own business directory is a lot easier than you may think. We’ll discuss what features every great directory needs, and teach you how to pull it off using the Avada WordPress theme and the GeoDirectory plugin. Let’s get started!
At their core, business directories are all about listings. You gather the relevant information about a business, add it to your directory list, and that’s about it:
In practice, however,
Which blogging platform is better for you? Here is the comparison between WordPress vs Medium, which can help you out to choose the best one.
Many people have found a way to express their passion through blogging. Others have found ways to make it an income source. You will find so many topics on religion, sports, relationships, parenting advice, among others. Companies are also embracing the use of blogging to give more information about their products. It has become an integral way of growing audience bases and consumer engagement. For you which platform is better? Let’s see the battle: WordPress Vs Medium. You will find many bloggers on the WordPress platform because that is what was previously available to them. They got to control the content and the platform on which they would share it. We now have so many options available, including Medium, and that is the basis of our article. We will look into, which is the better option between the two, and hopefully, you can decide which one works for you.
Understanding the Medium Platform
Medium is a platform which allows users to share their blog content to their subscribers. It will enable you to reach many subscribers at one go. The people on the platform are like-minded and get to share their content with people who appreciate the kind of content they have.
File integrity monitoring helps you stay ahead of security breaches and identify errors that could leave your WordPress website exposed to hack attacks.
A default and up-to-date WordPress installation with a strong password is quite secure. However, to survive on the internet that is not enough. That’s where File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) comes into play. A File Integrity Monitoring tool or plugin monitors your site’s files and alerts you for any changes like file uploads, edits, removals, and so on.
File integrity monitoring helps you stay ahead of security breaches and identify errors that could leave your website exposed to hack attacks.
In this post, we’ll provide you with a thorough introduction to file integrity monitoring and explain how it can improve your site’s security. We’ll also share a few different tools and plugins you can use to implement this security solution on your WordPress site.
Let’s get started!
An Introduction to File Integrity Monitoring
When it comes to protecting and maintaining infrastructures such as websites and servers, File Integrity Monitoring is key. This solution validates the integrity of a given environment, namely, it checks to see whether the contents of your site’s files have changed unexpectedly.
You can use File Integrity Monitoring to detect file
Here comes the much-awaited State of the Word 2019! Matt Mullenweg's signature yearly address the entire World of WordPress during WordPress US (WordCamp SF till 2014). First nice write up by Brian.
Matt Mullenweg just completed the 2019 State of the Word, where he offered a comprehensive overview of the last year of all things WordPress. WordCamp US 2019 completes its first year in St. Louis, Missouri, where more than 1,300 WordPress community members and leaders are gathered.
It’s been the year of Gutenberg in 2019, and in this State of the Word, Matt highlights what has been accomplished, and what comes next.
Matt kicks off the event with the premiere of Open: The Community Code, a film about the open source WordPress community.
Open was really well done, and makes a great intro for this year in review. In the film, Matt said that $10 billion flow through the WordPress economy per year. Yet, it’s just one of the things that make the WordPress community. WordPress is more than code, more than business. Matt said, “it’s more than a tool,” and that it’s more like a canvas that, “anyone can paint on.”
Open is a film about WordPress, and what WordPress really is — not only software, but people, a community, and a mission. Open is, “is a documentary short created by Producer Andrew Rodriguez and Director Sean Korbitz. Executive
Learning how to export Gravity Forms to PDF is a huge timesaver. Rather than having to manually fill out PDF documents or collect information directly from your website’s visitors, you can set up a data collection form and automatically generate a Gravity Forms PDF from form submissions. In this post, you’ll learn how to export Gravity Forms to PDF in a visual, privacy-friendly manner.
Learning how to export Gravity Forms to PDF is a huge timesaver. Rather than having to manually fill out PDF documents or collect information directly from your website’s visitors, you can set up a data collection form and automatically generate a Gravity Forms PDF from form submissions. While there are plenty of potential use cases, exporting Gravity Forms to PDF is especially helpful for…
It will not only save you time, but it will also create a better user experience for your visitors, who have a much more streamlined way to provide their information to you.
In this post, you’ll learn how to export Gravity Forms to PDF in a visual, privacy-friendly manner. You can take a form like this:
And automatically turn all the entry data into a signed PDF like this:
You won’t need to create your own form template using HTML and PHP. Instead, you just upload your fillable PDF document and visually map Gravity Forms fields to fillable fields in that PDF.
You’ll be able to preserve the existing style of your PDF file, and you’ll also be able to include signatures directly in the PDF, which is great for generating contracts.