Multilingual Multisite

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  • I have created a website in Spanish and now need to produce the English version. As the English version will have a few structural differences from the Spanish version due to certain services/products not being available in English, I have created WordPress a multisite on the domain with the Spanish version on site 1 in the root and the English version in site 2 in subdirectory “/en”. I will be translating the site manually without plugins. What steps do I need to take from an SEO point so RankMath generates the correct hreflang tags and sitemaps? Many thanks.

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for getting in touch with us.

    Rank math works perfectly with other languages and is actually compatible with a good number of translation plugins including WPML, TranslatePress and even Welgot.

    Here are some reference articles you can check on using Rank math with translation plugins:
    https://rankmath.com/kb/multiple-languages-seo-rankmath-translatepress/
    https://rankmath.com/kb/wordpress-multilingual-seo-with-rankmath-weglot/
    https://wpml.org/documentation/plugins-compatibility/optimize-multilingual-websites-using-rank-math-and-wpml/

    Hope that helps and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your reply.

    As I mentioned in my original post, I am not using any plugins to translate the site. The translation has been done manually on a WordPress multisite installation with the Spanish version on site 1 in the root and the English version in site 2 in subdirectory “/en”.

    I am therefore looking for guidance on how to configure RankMath to correctly handle the SEO for both languages using the aforementioned configuration (specifically in terms of hreflang tags and sitemaps).

    Thanks,

    Philippe

    Hello,

    Thank for the follow up.

    Rank math generates sitemap automatically for the sites it is installed on. Sitemaps and related optimization should be generated separately for the main site and the sub site which you can confirm by heading to Rank math > Sitemap Settings just as separate for both sites.

    As for hreflang tags, these are usually added automatically by and if you have a translation plugin. In your case, please can refer to this article: https://moz.com/learn/seo/hreflang-tag

    Let us know if this helps. Thank you.

    Hi Michael,

    Many thanks for the update and information. A few questions please, if you don’t mind.

    OK, so I have a sitemap on the main site generated by Rank Math called sitemap_index.xml. On the sub site (where the translated version is stored), I have another sitemap generated by Rank Math which is also called sitemap_index.xml. How do I link these two sitemaps together?

    What is your guidance for submitting these sitemaps to Google Search Console (i.e. should they be linked together and then only the sitemap from the main site is submitted to one GSC property or should the sitemaps be submitted separately to two different properties)?

    As far as hreflang tags are concerned, can Rank Math generate these without a translation plugin?

    Thanks for your help.

    All the best,

    Philippe

    Hello,

    Sorry for the delay.

    You can submit both of your Sitemaps to Google Search Console. There shouldn’t be any issues with that, and you don’t need to link them.

    Also, we have a filter to add a custom sitemap to your Sitemaps:
    https://rankmath.com/kb/filters-hooks-api-developer/#18-filter-to-add-external-sitemap-to-the-rank-math-sitemap

    I hope that helps. Thank you, and looking forward to your update.

    Hi Reinelle,

    Thanks for your response and suggestions.

    As far as hreflang tags are concerned, can Rank Math generate these without a translation plugin?

    Thanks,

    Philippe

    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math, and sorry for any inconvenience that might have been caused due to that.

    Rank Math will only generate hreflang if Rank Math detects multilingual content on your site’s database. In your case, you have separated them into 2 websites so installing a translation plugin will help you achieve this.

    Here is a video screencast demo on my end: https://i.rankmath.com/uwpoof

    Please refer to these articles about working with hreflang tags:
    https://moz.com/learn/seo/hreflang-tag
    https://rankmath.com/kb/multiple-languages-seo-rankmath-translatepress/

    Hope that helps and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

    Hi Jeremy,

    OK, many thanks for clarifying.

    I appreciate the feedback from all your support team.

    All the best,

    Philippe

    Hello,

    We are super happy that this resolved your issue. If you have any other questions in the future, know that we are here to help you.

    If you don’t mind me asking, could you please leave us a review (if you haven’t already) on https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/seo-by-rank-math/reviews/#new-post about your overall experience with Rank Math? We appreciate your time and patience.

    If you do have another question in the future, please feel free to create a new forum topic, and it will be our pleasure to assist you again.

    Thank you.

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