Should I have two separate blogs in two languages? Or go for a multi language plugin?

Should I have two separate blogs in two languages? Or go for a multi language plugin?

This website and blog is in desperate need of some big updates and improvements! And I have known it for a long time, but not until now I have found the time and energy. Yeah! I am ready for the task!

But it´s not just some TLC that is needed, like some new fonts and colours. It is a BIG reorganisation and developement of the entire content, a new approach to multiple languages, and a big modernisation from the ground up when it comes to plugins used etc.!!! And of course update the look and feel of it, the most fun part, but that is second in priority right now.

Huh! This will take a long time!

My aim is to be a much more effective blogger, I have tons of material waiting, but as the site is today, it is not working for me. I also want to show my drawings and products in a much nicer way, since I plan to expand and sell in more ways. (Here is my Society6 shop.)

I started this site back in 2011 and I haven´t done any bigger changes since then, appart from making it responsive ready (thank you Headway theme for your easy one-button-solution!) But in five years a lot has changed with WordPress, themes and plugins. I feel like I almost have to start all over again. Well actually I think I will!

I still love WordPress and my theme of choise Headway. But everything else will have to change! And I have done some heavy research the past days on what plugins to choose for different needs. It is very interesting! Wow, what you can do these days! (Duh!)

My biggest question is how to handle two languages, swedish and english. I have always mixed them up on the same post and pages… And I have had categories, tags etc in english, even thou this is a .se-domain. Google dislike everything about that approach! And my SEO thinking may have been incorrect… (And I also have been too lazy to alt-tag images. Shhh! Don´t tell anyone. And I don´t even use a SEO plugin! Sorry! I will be a better blogger soon!) But it has been easy for me, and I haven´t had to deal with any of the problems connected with language plugins or multisite for years.

But now it is time to move on and do everything right and better!!

A lot concerning multilanguage, WordPress, plugins, SEO and Google has changed in these five years. My problem is, it is still changing. There is no future-stable solution yet, it is constantly evolving making this a hard decision.

But one thing is for sure, since I use a .se-domain I must change this main site and blog to a more swedish approach only. So Google will like me. And I also want to do that, to be more present in Sweden. Even thou it will possibly have a bad effect on many old posts, categories and links… Probably many internal links will stop working properly and so on.

I appologize if this site will be in a working mode (maybe even a mess) for a long time to come.

Now I just have to choose. Should I change this to a swedish only site/blog and start a blog in english on a new standalone domain, or somehow use a plugin and blog in english in a subfolder within this site. Been reading about it for days (a nice post about it is here on Travel Blog Success), but still haven´t ended up in a conclusion.

Any advise is welcome!

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