Multilingual WordPress Site

9434384_sThinking of a multilingual blog or WordPress site? The good news is there is an easy, stable way to create one.

After researching a number of options (which will hopefully save you some time now), I found one that was the best solution. I have worked with Google translator and a couple other options, but found this to be the best solution when working with a WordPress website. The price is reasonable, and the control is wonderful.

My initial purchase, installation and setup were all relatively smooth on the first website I tested it on. With a bit of patience, things were set up quite nicely. As always, you should be updated to the most current version of WordPress.

If you are looking for a plug-in that converts the language for you, this is not it. What this plug-in does is virtually creates complimentary pages for your pages and posts which you can then switch between. In other words, it makes the user responsible for providing an accurate translation for the visitors.

You can do SEO, Search Engine Optimization for each language separately. You can set SEO attributes for the homepage, internal pages and categories for each language. Translations appear in their unique URL and you can even put different languages in completely different domains. The plugin follows Google Webmaster’s specifications for multilingual sites to the letter, letting your sites rank high on local search results.

You can also edit your URL string, categories and menu items. I did not because my complete blog is not multilingual, just a few posts to test it out. For those clients looking for a bilingual or multilingual website, we are ready to go and happy to provide one for you.

Packerland Donates $1 per like to support Project Adam

Packerland Websites is donating $1 for each page like it receives between Monday, November 18th and Sunday, November 24th, 2013 up to the first 200 likes for Project Adam. Project Adam has saved the life of a friend’s daughter and the money stays in our community.

Share the original Facebook post with this promotion after clicking the like button at Facebook.com/PackerlandWebsites and as a BONUS: Just for sharing the original post FROM Facebook.com/PackerlandWebsites your name will be entered into a drawing for prizes including a hydro-massage from Frain Family Chiropractic and thumbdrives from Packerland Websites.

Letter from Morgan Frain

My name is Morgan Frain, and I am 4 years old. On Jan. 7, 2012, my mom and dad took me to Lambeau Field in Green Bay for dinner and to play in the atrium. As we were getting ready to leave, my heart suddenly stopped and I fell to the ground. My dad turned me over and saw that my face was blue. He told my mom that they needed to do CPR, and told my 7-year-old sister, Hannah, to run and get help.

My mom started CPR right away, while a nice man from the Green Bay Packers security department brought my dad an automated external defibrillator (AED). My dad put stickers on my chest and the AED told him that my heart needed help. My dad pressed a button, and the AED reminded my heart what it needed to do. My mom and dad are very grateful for the AED, because the doctors at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said it was the only thing that could have saved my life. Although I will have many more surgeries in the future, I now have my own AED inside my tummy to make sure my heart does what it’s supposed to do.

Project ADAM saves lives by helping Wisconsin schools form AED programs. In fact, Project ADAM just gave a grant to my sister’s school, Notre Dame of De Pere, to make sure their staff gets the training they need on how to use an AED.

My mom says I am very lucky because I already know that my mission in life is to help save the lives of other children just like me.

– Morgan Frain (with my mommy’s help), guest blogger

 

Our Annual Celebrate Life Event & Fundraiser raises money to support Project ADAM. Project ADAM helps fund AED programs in schools across the nation, and most recently provided paid CPR/AED training for the teachers and staff of Notre Dame Elementary and Middle Schools in De Pere. To date, Project ADAM has helped save over 50 lives! Please join us in celebrating life!

Sincerely, Patrick, Susan, Hannah & Morgan Frain

Checkout Facebook.com/CelebrateLifeEvent

 

Fun and making a living

Now that I have a blog up and running, the question of what kind articles, comments, news, developments and personal things should be written about. The fun thing is it is my blog and so I can do what I want with it. So, there will be a little about each.

One exciting thing about building websites is that I really do enjoy it. At night, given the choice between a video game or messing around figuring out the right coding for new tools is entertaining, I usually find myself chasing down the code.

An example is having a website automatically directs the visitor to a mobile compliant site that gives a more friendly user experience. This then adds the challenge of, what if they want to go to the main site? There are different strategies, but usually one ideal solution. This solution was to add a cookie that expires in a one or two hour time frame which lets the user go the main site, but if later comes back, the mobile option is available.

Thus, not only is it entertaining, but I have a new super cool product to offer at a great price. Once it is installed, it costs nothing additional per month and you increase your visits and users experience. Life is a bit better when you can have some fun while working at the same time!