Archive for July, 2009

WordPress as a Multilingual CMS Using WPML

WPML Plugin MenuI’ve been working on a site that requires both English and Spanish content. The user interface elements, such as the primary navigation, copyright statement, and form labels, need to be bilingual as well. The client needs the ability to update all of the content (and write new blog entries) themselves, so early on I decided to use WordPress. I’d read that WordPress can handle multilingual sites, but I wasn’t clear on how that worked exactly. Also, I don’t speak Spanish – which means I can’t provide my own translations – so I needed a solution for that as well. I considered using something like Google’s Language Tools for little things like labels, but I’ve always been suspicious about whether I’m using the preferred form of translated bits of text like “Search” and “Older Entries” and many others. Continue Reading →

Site Launch: Life Content

Posted in Accessibility, News, Web Standards, WordPress

Screen shot of the Life Content siteOnce in a while a project comes along that makes you stop and think about how you’ve been doing things for a while. This project is like that. There’s nothing really revolutionary about it – a typical webzine created with WordPress and a few plugins – but it did provide some interesting opportunities to dive deeper into the inner workings of using WordPress as a CMS. The fantastic (and incredibly flexible) visual design was created by Mark at Reeves Design House. This was a truly collaborative effort where we both explored that fun question “what if we did it like this” from start to finish. I should also give thanks for a receptive client who was willing to let us explore a bit while we tried to figure things out as we went along. Such a rare and exciting environment for any designer/developer.Here are a few of the WordPress plugins we’re using: Ad-minister, Advanced Search, Category Icons, and cforms II.Take a look at the Life Content site. It’s in its infancy, as far as content goes, so be sure to check back often to see how it grows in the next few months. Subscribe to the RSS feed to track its progress in your favorite feed reader.

WordPress as a CMS

Posted in Multilingual, Resources, WordPress

Free WordPress Logo Courtesy of Snap2Objects.comI’ve been using WordPress for a little over a year now. Like most people, I’ve always thought of it as a simple blogging system… and that’s about it. It works really great for blogs (like this one), but a few months ago I used it to build a job listings site for one of my clients. Ever since that time I looked for additional creative uses for WordPress. Recently, I’ve been exploring the idea of using WordPress as a general purpose content management system (CMS). I’ve done a bunch of research, reading, and experimenting over the past few months. In this post I’d like to document some of my findings: sites of interest, handy documentation bookmarks, useful plugins, etc. Continue Reading →