Bilingual Blogs

Ok, as you have probably seen within the last few postings, I am trying to make my blog biligual. Because of my bad foreign language knowledges, I will only get along with English and German.

The first plugin I used to make postings in more than one language was the Simple Multi Language Plugin (SMLP). With certain tags (like [en] or [de]) it was possible to have text blocks in different languages. Unfortunately the plugin was not able to handle some of WordPress‘ most neat features like multiple pages or an excerpt of a posting with the possibility to read on further. After searching the web for a while (this time I was using Yahoo instead of Google, because I think Google cannot handle spam as good as Yahoo can) I stumbled across the Polyglot Plugin (funnily enough I am already using other plugins from the author, but I hadn’t discovered it yet). In almost every way, it is the better plugin, compared to SMLP. It allows pages, postings and even categories and titles of everything to be translated.

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Era of changes

First of all: some of you’ve maybe seen it already. I’m changing my blog again. This time it’s not only the layout but the language, too. Because of my bad Spanish knowledges I’m currently testing my (almost forgotten) English skills. I have translated two German pages into English so far (which are: Donations and About) and I must admit, I am not willing to translate all my previous posts into English, because I am too lazy and often it just wouldn’t make any sense, because of some word jokes.

As you can see I have made some changes on the layout of the page. In my opinion the old look was nice, but a torture to your eyes. The whole design was a little bit to dark (especially the boring gray background behind the main content [not the gorgeous picture of me in the back]) and angled and just not soft to see. Therefore I decided to switch to this design. I didn’t find it by myself, but a colleague, establishing his blog (INsanityDesign) showed it to me. I just changed the colors a little bit, because I like blue more than green. Moreover I integrated 3 header pictures, instead of the one distributed with the original theme MistyLook, which can be found at wpthemes.info. The pictures on top of this page were originally located at stock.xchng (just take a look at the pictures, taken by StevenFE).

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