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Basic Bilingual


Allows you to set the language of individual posts and pages and to summarize
them in other languages.

The excerpts are automatically inserted right before the post content, with the
correct language attribute. The correct language attribute is also set on the
post titles and original content.

If you were using this plugin prior to version 1.0 you will have to migrate
your posts and pages.

  1. Make sure your back-up your database
  2. Select the same 2 languages you were previously using in the “ Site languages”
  3. Press the “ Migrate” button on the settings page

You might want to check my work on multilingualism online
to understand what brought me to develop this plugin.

We also welcome volunteers to translate that plugin into more languages. If you
wish to help then contact @stephtara on Twitter
or see Stephanie’s contact page.

ဂုဏ်ပြု မှတ်တမ်း

Following is the list of people who worked on this plugin.

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  • Post editing screen with Basic Bilingual installed.
  • Basic Bilingual settings page.


  1. Upload basic-bilingual to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Select your site languages in the plugin’s settings


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload basic-bilingual to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Select your site languages in the plugin’s settings
Will the plugin translate my posts?

No. Basic Bilingual gives you the possibility to write short summaries, or a
complete translation of your posts and pages, in other languages.

Does it work with more than two languages?

Yes, since version 1.0!

Aren’t there more complete plugins out there if I want to make all my content available in more than one language?

Yes, there certainly are. My approach is to keep it simple and minimal, so that
it works. I’ve been blogging bilingually since 2000, using
the method this plugin reproduces
since 2004.

Translating everything is just too hard. Giving a brief summary allows people
who don’t understand the language you’re writing the post well enough to at
least know what it’s about.
See my work on multilingualism online
for more explanations.

Some of my excerpts are disappearing, help!

This is a problem up to version 0.3, sorry.
See Mark’s explanation
and download 0.31, which should work.

Is the plugin working with cache plugins?

Yes, unless you are using the “ Use Language-Accept header” option. In that case
you’ll need to use the template tags and enclose them between mfunc tags
(see you cache plugin’s documentation about how to use those tags).


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Contributors & Developers

“Basic Bilingual” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Basic Bilingual” has been translated into 6 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Basic Bilingual” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.


Version 1.3.5

  • Fixing several bugs in rewrite rules and adding a workaround for a WordPress
    bug that prevented the %lang% rewrite tag to work properly

Version 1.3.4

  • Fixing a bug that prevents old exerpts to show

Version 1.3.3

  • Preparing for language packs

Version 1.3.2

  • Fixed side effects with the media library
  • Using only one option to save all the plugin’s settings

Version 1.3.1

  • Updated Spanish translations

Version 1.3

  • Updated all translations

version 1.2.2

  • Fixing bug with bb_the_other_excerpt template tag.

version 1.2.1

  • Changes for WordPress 4.3

version 1.2

  • Added Serbo-Croatian translations.
  • Added Dutch translations.
  • Fallback mechanism to load language files in a smarter way.

version 1.1

  • Double and single line-breaks in excerpts are respectively converted
    to <p>...</p> and <br/> tags (like for the content).
  • Support for “ language” column and filter in the dashboard.
  • Support for rewrite tag %lang% to be used in permalink structures.
  • Support for archive pages based on the language of the post (eg. /language/en/).
  • Support for language based archive templates (eg. language-en.php, language.php).
  • Support for URL based filtering of archive pages (works for dates, tags,
    categories, authors and post type archives and for search). For example:

    • en/category/uncategorized to list uncatgorized posts in English.
    • fr/author/admin to list posts written in French by the admin user.
    • es/2013 to list all post in Spanish written in 2013.
    • en/search/hello+world to search for English posts containing hello world.

version 1.0

  • Excerpts in multiple languages.
  • Option to filter excerpts based on Accept-Language HTTP header.
  • Migration from prior versions.
  • Deprecated template tags.

version 0.5

  • Rewrite plugin to use classes and modern WP features.

version 0.4

  • Modified the be fully compatible with the last WordPress versions: drag the
    language and other-excerpt boxes — code provided by
    Luca Palli (27.09.2009).
  • Add the “ Allow empty language” option on the new Options page — code
    provided by Luca Palli (27.09.2009).

version 0.33

  • Fixed a bunch of stuff, code provided kindly by
    Tim Isenheim.
  • Half-arsed attempt to make the interface look prettier (30.01.2009).

version 0.32

  • Replaced the ugly “ language box” in the admin section with a pretty DBX box.
    Drag it to the top of the page!

version 0.31

  • Attempted to fix vanishing excerpts problem — see

version 0.3

  • Added stripslashes to get rid of slash problem
  • No need to add template tag anymore for other-excerpt —
    added automagically (30.11.2007)
  • Added class to excerpt first-child

version 0.21

  • Fixed for WP 2.0 by replacing $postdata->ID with $post->ID (31.12.2005)
  • Cosmetic changes to the edit form (03.01.2006)
  • added hooks to deal with pages (03.01.2006)

version 0.2

  • Fixed update bug for other-excerpt (function name was wrong in action
    statement!) 28.01.2005

version 0.1

  • Initial release