[wp-hackers] opinions for a multi-language plugin for WordPress

Jimmy Roy jimmy.roy at gmail.com
Tue Feb 15 02:23:13 UTC 2011

hi Leo,
just for info, the guy who developp QTranslate is working on a totally new
version of his plugin, he start from scratch and now he use custom post
type, so it would be better than now... we have just to wait!


Jimmy | www.jimmyroy.fr

2011/2/15 Leo germani <leogermani at gmail.com>

> Hi all,
> Im working on a multi-language plugin for WordPress. Ive written this long
> message describing what Ive seen so far and what is my idea of
> implementation. If you are interested in it and want to share some ideas,
> please read the message below. I would love to get some feedback.
> ----------
> 1. What Ive seen
> The 2 best plugins Ive seen are Q-Translate and WPML.
> Why I dont like them:
> Q-Translate -> saves the content of the post int the same post_content
> field
> of the database, separating the languages with html comments.. When the
> theme outputs the content of a post, it gets filtered and displays only one
> language. Appart from that, this is an excelent plugin. But I junt cant
> sleep well at night knowing my database is like this...
> WPML -> creates a lot of extra tables in a complex database structure and
> is
> associated with a translating service. In the top of that, the plugin does
> a
> lot more than juts adding the multi language support and claims itself as a
> cms solution for wordpress... I like plugin that do only one thing very
> well
> done.
> 2. How do I think that can be done?
> 2.1 translating posts
> First, I think it can be done without adding any extra table or doing
> anything out of the database structure.
> The approach Im using is to treat translations as post types. So, for
> instance, if I would translate my posts to spanish, there would be the
> native "post" post type and the plugin would add the "post_translation_es"
> post type.
> In the edit posts screen, there would be an extra column called
> 'translations' that would show for each post if it already have the spanish
> translation. If it has, there is a button 'edit', if it dont, 'add'. If you
> go to the edit screen of the spanish posts, you would see the same thing,
> the other way round.
> This part is already coded and working fine.
> 2.2 translating everything else (appart from taxonomies)
> I think its nice to be able to translate everything on the site (The site
> title, te text of a text widget, etc). So what Im trying to do is to add a
> filter in get_option() and update/add_option() to allways check which
> language are we visiting right now (int the front end or the admin, does
> not
> matter) and allways look for a corresponding option in the current
> language.
> For instance.. if you do a get_option('option_name') and are visiting the
> spanish site, it will try to find an option called 'option_name_es'. If
> there is not, it will get the default. Same thing when saving.
> You can have a look at the code here:
> http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multi-language-framework/
> edit_screen.php has all the code that handles the extra post type.
> wp_options.php has all the code that handles the get_optino/update_option
> filters..
> Most of the rest is rubbish.. many things copied from Q Translate... this
> is
> just a proof of concept.
> If you got all the way here, thanks very much for your attention, please
> share your insights
> Leo,,
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