Best WordPress Multilanguage Plugins

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The two main contenders as best multilanguage plugins for WordPress are WPML and QTranslate. If you want a quick answer to which one comes out on top, I would say go for WPML. If you have enough time to give them a test drive, by all means do so and judge for yourself which one works best for your needs.

WPML

If you want the most fully featured multilanguage plugin solution for WordPress, your best bet is WPML.

WPML makes it possible to turn WordPress blogs multilingual in a few minutes with no knowledge of PHP or WordPress. Its advanced features allow professional web developers to build full multilingual websites.

  • Turns a single WordPress site into a multilingual site.
  • Powerful translation management, allowing teams of translators to work on multilingual sites.
  • Built-in theme localization without .mo files.
  • Comments translation allows you to moderate and reply to comments in your own language.
  • Integrated professional translation (optional feature for folks who need help translating).
  • Includes CMS navigation elements for drop down menus, breadcrumbs trail and sidebar navigation.
  • Robust links to posts and pages that never break.

WPML is also offering full integration with Gravity Forms, so you can easily translate all the forms on your site as well.

Download WPML

ICanLocalize, the creators of WPML, offer reliable commercial support for WPML. This support provides timely and dependable help directly from the developers. You can also order translations to be done directly from the plugin interface, via the ICanLocalize service.

QTranslate

An alternative to WPML is QTranslate. It is also a valid multilanguage plugin that works a bit differently to WPML.

qTranslate makes creation of multilingual content as easy as working with a single language. Here are some features:

  • qTranslate Services – Professional human and automated machine translation with two clicks
  • One-Click-Switching between the languages – Change the language as easy as switching between Visual and HTML
  • Language customizations without changing the .mo files – Use Quick-Tags instead for easy localization
  • Multilingual dates out of the box – Translates dates and time for you
  • Comes with a lot of languages already builtin! – English, German, Simplified Chinese and a lot of others
  • No more juggling with .mo-files! – qTranslate will download them automatically for you
  • Choose one of 3 Modes to make your URLs pretty and SEO-friendly. – The everywhere compatible ?lang=en, simple and beautiful /en/foo/ or nice and neat en.yoursite.com
  • One language for each URL – Users and SEO will thank you for not mixing multilingual content

qTranslate supports infinite languages, which can be easily added/modified/deleted via the comfortable Configuration Page. All you need to do is activate the plugin and start writing the content.

Download QTranslate

Comparing WPML and QTranslate

qTranslate stores all languages alternatives for each post in the same post, whereas WPML manages multilingual posts in one post per language. Translations in WPML are then linked together, indicating that one page is the translation of another. Each of this plugin has advantages and disadvantages.

Here is a comparison between qTranslate and WPML:

Advantages of WPML:

  1. The database contents for posts remain unmodified (easy install and uninstall).
  2. Everything gets translated by default. If a post includes custom fields, they’re attached to that post, so they are already associated with the language.
  3. Other plugins that analyze contents (like related posts) keep working correctly.
  4. Great support from an established company employing more than 15 people.

Disadvantages of WPML:

  1. More complex architecture. The plugin needs to hook to many WordPress functions and filter them so that only contents that matches the language is returned.
  2. Additional tables are required normally, to hold the translation grouping.

Advantage of qTranslate:

  1. Side by side editing is easily implemented.
  2. Less things to break. There are no additional tables and much fewer things to modify in WordPress.

Disadvantages of qTranslate:

  1. In order to create multilingual contents, the user needs to insert the language tags manually, to everything the plugin doesn’t hook to. Example: Adjust MicroKid Related Posts with qTranslate Plugins
  2. Uninstall can be complicated, as the database needs to be cleaned from multilingual contents.

In SEO terms, the main advantage of WPML over qTranslate is the URL rewriting. With qTranslate, you create a page, name it and every translated version will contain the same URLs elements.
E.g. http://www.islecreative.com/translation-french and http://www.islecreative.com/fr/translation-french
With WPML, every page can have a unique URLs which you can decide
E.g. http://www.islecreative.com/translation-french and http://www.islecreative.com/fr/traduction-francais

Furthermore, I find WPML more user-friendly. All the translated pages are listed on the Page section, and the translated versions remain accessible whenever a page is being edited.

Our recommendation: Get the WPML Multilingual plugin

Have you used any of these two plugins? Have something to add to the above review? Leave a comment below!

Remember that when building a multilanguage website you can also pick a suitable WordPress multilingual theme from our review.

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How to make more time in your day

Do you struggle to fit everything into your working day?

Most Project Managers find it hard to get all their tasks done each day, but you can get more out of your working hours by working smartly. Here’s how to do it…

How to make more time in your day

#1: Use templates
Templates are documents or files that you can use time and time again. Don’t create a new Project Charter for every project, for example. Use a template and simply fill in the relevant bits for this project. You’ll save time because you won’t have to set up titles, headers or footers or any other style elements.

You can also use templates for creating schedules, task lists, reports and anything else that you use on your project. Don’t just limit yourself to documents!

#2: Use time sheets
The key to getting more done is understanding what you currently do with your time. Time sheets will show you what you have actually been working on, so you can assess how your time is being spent. You might, for example, find that you spend too long in meetings each week, or working on a particular element of project management like budgeting. Using timesheet software will help you keep track of where your time is going.

Once you have completed time sheets for a couple of weeks you will be able to see where you are wasting time in the day. You can also decide if there is anything you could delegate to another team member as a learning opportunity.

#3: Take breaks
It might seem counter-intuitive, but it really will help you get more done if you schedule some breaks into your day. Breaks help refresh your brain and your body, which means you come back to your desk feeling more motivated and capable of completing your tasks. Go for a walk, talk to a colleague or simply get a cup of coffee. Anything that gives your eyes a rest from the screen and your mind a change of scene will do.

#4: Use dashboards
Dashboards are visual representations of project progress and they are a great way to see the big picture status of your project. You won’t have to review every element of the project to get a status update as you’ll be able to see it all at a glance.

Dashboards are also great to share with your stakeholders. They will save you time producing bespoke reports month after month as instead, your project sponsor and anyone else who is interested can simply log on and see the status for themselves in real-time.

#5: Store your files online
Project managers and their teams spend a great deal of time looking for important project files. You can save time if you set up an online filing system that will structure your files for you and keep them secure. Then you’ll always know where the latest copy of a document is kept, and you won’t waste time hunting for it when you need it. This will also help your project team save time!

Of course, you don’t need to spend your extra hours on project work! Why not use some of it to study for a professional qualification, or to catch up with a good book, or to just get home earlier and spend more time with your family?

Use the professional time sheet features in ProjectManager.com to track your time and work out where you could be spending it differently.

You can also store documents securely online, create tailored dashboards, store templates and produce reports with just a few clicks—all great ways to get a bit of time back during your working day. Give it a free try now.

JavaScript Frameworks/Libraries

http://www.w3schools.com/js/js_libraries.asp

JavaScript Frameworks (Libraries)

Advanced JavaScript programming (especially the complex handling of browser differences), can often be very difficult and time-consuming to work with.

To deal with these difficulties, a lot of JavaScript (helper) libraries have been developed.

These JavaScript libraries are often called JavaScript frameworks.

In this tutorial, we will take a look at some of the most popular JavaScript frameworks:

  • jQuery
  • Prototype
  • MooTools

All of these frameworks have functions for common JavaScript tasks like animations, DOM manipulation, and Ajax handling.

In this tutorial we will teach you how start using them, to make JavaScript programming easier, safer, and much more exciting.


jQuery

jQuery is the most popular JavaScript framework on the Internet today.

It uses CSS selectors to access and manipulate HTML elements (DOM Objects) on a web page.

jQuery also provides a companion UI (user interface) framework and numerous other plug-ins.

Many of the largest companies on the Web use jQuery:

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • Netflix

You will find an excellent jQuery Tutorial here at W3Schools.


Prototype

Prototype is a JavaScript library that provides a simple API to perform common web tasks.

API is short for Application Programming Interface. It is a library of properties and methods for manipulating the HTML DOM.

Prototype enhances JavaScript by providing classes and inheritance.


MooTools

MooTools is also a framework that offers an API to make common JavaScript programming easier.

MooTools also includes some lightweight effects and animation functions.


Other Frameworks

Here are some other frameworks not covered in this short overview:

YUI – The Yahoo! User Interface Framework is a large library that covers a lot of functions, from simple JavaScript utilities to complete internet widgets.

Ext JS – Customizable widgets for building rich Internet applications.

Dojo – A toolkit designed around packages for DOM manipulation, events, widgets, and more.

script.aculo.us – Open-source JavaScript framework for visual effects and interface behaviors.

UIZE – Widgets, AJAX, DOM, templates, and more.


CDN – Content Delivery Networks

You always want your web pages to be as fast as possible. You want to keep the size of your pages as small as possible, and you want the browser to cache as much as possible.

If many different web sites use the same JavaScript framework, it makes sense to host the framework library in a common location for every web page to share.

A CDN (Content Delivery Network) solves this. A CDN is a network of servers containing shared code libraries.

Google provides a free CDN for a number of JavaScript libraries, including:

  • jQuery
  • Prototype
  • MooTools
  • Dojo
  • Yahoo! YUI

To use a JavaScript framework library in your web pages, just include the library in a <script> tag:


Using Frameworks

Before you decide to use a JavaScript framework for your web pages, it might be a good idea to test the framework first.

JavaScript frameworks are very easy to test. You don’t have to install them on your computer, and there are no setup programs.

Normally you just have to reference a library file from your web page.

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Design Pattern Diagram

Design Pattern Diagram

Design Pattern Catalog

1. Structural Patterns Creational Patterns

  • Abstract Factory
  • Builder
  • Factory Method
  • Prototype
  • Singleton

2. Behavioral Patterns Structural Patterns

  • Adapter
  • Bridge
  • Composite
  • Decorator
  • Facade
  • Flyweight
  • Proxy

3. Conclusion Behavioral Patterns

  • Chain of Responsibility
  • Command
  • Interpreter
  • Iterator
  • Mediator
  • Memento
  • Observer
  • State
  • Strategy
  • Template Method
  • Visitor

How to creat a Quality Plan

Most Project Managers are aware that delivering projects within “time, cost and quality” is critical to success. However the term quality can be elusive and is often not clearly defined. In this issue, we describe what it really means to deliver quality within a project and we will help you to understand the:

4 critical steps to creating a Quality Plan

So what does the term “quality” mean? Method123defines quality as producing deliverables which meet the requirements of the customer.

To ensure that your deliverables meet your customers requirements, you need to create a Quality Plan, by taking these 4 steps:

Step 1: Define the Quality Targets

We all know that its pretty impossible to meet your customers expectations unless you draw a line in the sandbefore you start. By asking your customer to state upfront exactly what it is that they require, you will greatly improve your chances of success.

Ask your customer to provide a list of their requirements for a solution to be delivered by the project. Then help them to list the key deliverables which once produced, will satisfy their requirements. For each deliverable, list its components and then go one step further – by describing the detailed quality targets (i.e. quality criteria and quality standards) to be achieved by each component. This will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of exactly what it is that must be produced by the project, to meet the expectations of your customer.

Step 2: Create a Quality Assurance Plan

The next step is to create a plan to assure your customer that you can meet the quality targets set. By scheduling a suite of Quality Assurance Reviews to be undertaken by an independent person to the project, your customer will be provided with a “trusted view” of the overall progress of the project and the likelihood of the deliverables actually meeting the quality targets agreed.

Step 3: Create a Quality Control Plan

Internally within the project, you need to create a schedule of “Quality Control” measures to control the actual level of quality of each deliverable, as it is being produced. Examples include putting in place peer reviews, deliverable reviews, documentation reviews and end-of-phase reviews. Each review will measure the deliverables produced and identify any deviations from the quality targets set.

Step 4: Define the Quality Process

Of course, creating plans for assuring and controlling the quality of deliverables is a good start. But you also need to put in place a Quality Process to ensure that each of the actions listed in the Quality Plan are undertaken as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Download a Quality Plan template to take these steps. Or download the Project Management Kit which includes all of the templates you need to manage quality on projects