qTranslate and localized permalinks

I have finally managed to migrate to “pretty” URLs. It was a real ordeal, basically only because of the fact that I’m using qTranslate for publishing in two languages. It was all about translating so called slugs – thingies that appear in a URL in place of the %postname% tag in permalink format.

I wanted slugs to be language-dependent. Using this post as an example, after changing the permalink format to /%post_id%/%postname%/ (and configuring qTranslate to use the pre-path mode for link generation) the permalink for English would be:

http://blog.kempniu.pl/en/871/qtranslate-i-lokalizowane-permalinki/

This is a bad solution as such a slug appearing e.g. in Google search results (remember that SEO is usually the main reason for using “pretty” URLs) wouldn’t say anything to an English-speaking user. I wanted the permalink for the English version of the post to look like this:

http://blog.kempniu.pl/en/871/qtranslate-and-localized-permalinks/

After many attempts with numerous plugins and patches I have managed to achieve this goal with the qTranslateSlug plugin. The problem was, though, that this plugin uses a separate MySQL table for storing multilingual slugs and this table’s records are not created during installation but rather while publishing or updating an entry or a page. So in order to “translate” the slugs for all my blog’s entries I had to open the post edit page for each and every one of them from the dashboard and click Update to enforce generation of translated slugs. To be honest, I can’t imagine such a migration for a blog with several thousand entries. Writing some kind of a script would be essential, probably – I haven’t dug deep into qTranslateSlug‘s code.

To sum up, I really can’t wait for WordPress to be natively multilingual.

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