Step-by-Step Guide on Making a Multi-lingual WordPress Website – Part 1

It seems making a multi-lingual WordPress website is a very technical task. In fact, it is very simple. The following is a step-by-step guide on setting up a multi-lingual website. No technical experience is required.

The first thing you need is to get your domain name. You can register one through a domain registry. The following are some of the popular domain registries:

After you get a domain name, you need to get a web hosting company to bring your domain to live. There are also many web hosting companies. Most domain registries also provide web hosting plan as a one stop service. The following are some for your considerations:

You should choose a web hosting plan that offers Apache web server, MySQL database and cPanel web control.



The hosting company will setup your website for you and give you access to cPanel that you can control your website settings. You may need to change the DNS (Domain Name Server) address of your domain name by contacting your domain registry.

You need to download the latest copy of WordPress from WordPress office website, https://wordpress.org/download. Download the the .tar.gz file.

WordPress Download

Open a web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, and access your cPanel by following the instructions provided by your web hosting company.

cPanel Login Screen

Log into your cPanel with the username and password provided by your web hosting company.

cPanel Home Screen

Click on the cPanel File Manager to upload the WordPress to your website.

cPanel File Manger

Use the mouse pointer and click on “public_html” on the File Manager’s left panel (1) and then click on “Upload” (2) to bring up the file upload dialog box.

Upload WordPress Software



You can either drop the WordPress archive (.tar.gz) file to start the upload or click the “Select File” to select the file to upload.

Upload WordPress Software

Return to the cPanel File Manager and you see the WordPress software was uploaded to your server.

cPanel File Manager

Click on the WordPress software file (1) and then click on the “Extract” action on the cPanel File Manager to extract the WordPress software from its archive.

cPanel File Manger

Click on “Extract Files(s)” button to extract files from the WordPress archive.

cPanel File Manager



In cPanel File Manager, double click on the WordPress to open the folder.

cPanel File Manager

Click on “Select All” and then click “Move” to move the files to the “public_html” folder.

cPanel File Manager

In the “Move” dialog, the file path should be “/public_html/” and click “Move File(s)”.

cPanel File Manager

Next, you need to create a database for WordPress use. From the cPanel, click “MySQL Databases” to create a new database.

cPanel

In MySQL Databases control panel, give a new name for the database (1) and click “Create Database” (2) button to create a new database.

MySQL Database

Add a new database user.

MySQL Database

Add the new user to control the database. For simplicity, you can give all privileges to the user.

MySQL Database

MySQL Database

The next step is setting up WordPress on your server. Please refer to Part 2.

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