Since the start of the Adventist Living Pattern System (ALPS), we have always envisioned that it needed to work with other languages. We have supported right-to-left languages of day one. We have worked to make sure it was compatible with international font sets. And I have sought to work closely with site builders to ensure that it worked for their needs.
Earlier this year, while sharing in a workshop about ALPS at GAiN Europe, I sat in front of a room full of people from all different countries, many of them representing multiple language groups in their unions and conferences. As I shared how ALPS for WordPress supports any language, I started to get feedback from them through questions during the workshop and conversations afterwords about some of their real-world needs. Supporting any one language was not enough. True internationalization would need to present more then one language on a single site.
Over this past year, I have spent time researching what it means to support multilingual, and how to best do that in WordPress. We did a “survey” of sorts, to learn what plugins you were using to support your work. And then we went to work.
This spring, we jointed the WPML certification program, and in May, our theme was certified by them as fully supported. However, we still weren’t happy with all aspects of how it was supported. Over several releases, we have been testing and releasing various aspects increased integration, adding support for having the language selector styled well, ensuring all the page types work, making sure menus can be translated, and most recently, adding the ability to add different logos for each language.
We aren’t done
But we aren’t done. Just because we support WPML, doesn’t mean we want to stop there. If you have another plugin that is your preferred method and works better for you, please let us know in the comments below. ALPS belongs to the Seventh-day Adventist church, and we want each of you using it to feel that it meets your needs.