Do you blog in more than one language?
One of the problems for multi-language bloggers is the issue of switching between languages as they blog. To ease the frustration, there is a powerful WordPress Plugin called Gengo available.
Gengo is for blogging in multiple languages. It does not translate posts and users see nothing on their WordPress blogs to indicate someone is using Gengo, except that posts are available in more than one language. It works behind the scenes to help the multi-lingual blogger blog in more than one language.
According to the Gengo Demo Page:
Gengo is a multi-lingual plugin for WordPress that attempts to offer an easy to use framework for writing posts and pages in multiple languages.
To that end, it provides:
* A page to configure languages and language codes.
* The ability to mark posts as translations.
* Side by side editing of translations on the ‘Write Post’ screen.
* The ability to create summaries in multiple languages, for any post in any defined language.
* Automatic grouping of summaries by translation group.
* Side by side editing of post and summaries.
* Automatic detection and handling of all permalinks by language, for any permalink structure.
* Automatic appending of language code to WordPress category, author, archive links using existing wordpress template tags.
* Automatic switching of WordPress locale, to alter page and link headings, when used with a gettext-ready theme.
* The option to translate categories, blog title and blog description.
* Template functions to expose the language, translations, summaries and comments for a post and language-filtered page and category lists.
* Semantic markup for language blocks and links.
* Automatic installation.
* Automatic detection of a user’s language preference, by language-link, cookie or user-agent string.
The Gengo Multi-Lingual Blogger WordPress Plugin is not for the timid. It currently only works in WordPress 2.0.1 or greater.
Gengo is a WordPress Plugin and installs in a typical fashion, however, installation and use involves backing up your entire site and database for safety, and familiarity with WordPress Templates, WordPress Themes, WordPress template files, and how WordPress works. You don’t have to be an expert, but it helps to be familiar with how things work under the hood. The instructions and support on the Gengo WordPress Plugin Support Forum will also help with installation and use of Gengo.
Many have come up with neat ways of making Gengo work for them on their multi-lingual blogs, but it has been known to cause a few conflicts with other WordPress Plugins and does put a bit of extra demand upon your WordPress database. Silverstreak – Gengo Tips and Tricks and Gabriel in Brazil – Gengo Hacks feature information you might want to explore to customize Gengo.
If you blog in more than one language, Genko might be a way to make the process easier behind the scenes.
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