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Are you using a custom solution or do you work with specific plugins like “WPML”?
If working with WPML a homepage for every language is possible of course! Here and there you’ll need some code snippets to conditionally load stuff for one language or the other. Best to put this all in a functionality plugin or maybe also in the functions.php…
If working with WPML and widgets (also if used for the homepages) it’s best practice to use widgets on a per language basis with helper plugin “Widget Logic”. I’ve done that a couple of times and it’s working great!
However, I would highly suggest a Multisite install for multilingual websites! This has a lot of benefits, because plugins like WPML (and others) are really awesome and work but tend to lock the user in. For “only” 2 languages WPML might be an option but if you need more in the future or need a migration or whatever it could become a pain in the ass… Also, with WPML you have virtually a “dashboard” for each language site… In Multisite you’ll just have 2 real dashboards. But it’s all more performance optimized and you could do most stuff with default WP core stuff :-).
To help multilingual sites with Multisite there are two plugins that provide great helper tools – but don’t lock you in.
Multisite allows proper import/export the WordPress way. With above helper plugins you’ll great language switchers and for editors helping inpost metaboxes for the added dashboards (easily switching).
What do you think about that?
–Dave from Germany.
(I am a WP/ Genesis translation expert and have done some multilingual sites already…
Thank you, John!
I hope it helps some users to get a more custom setup.
I am also planning a “pro” version of it which will also bring some new widgets for Genesis users – and therefore also useable on any other widget area