Last updated on 2018.10.29
tested up to WP 5.0
tested up to ClassicPress 1.0.0
Stable Version (via WordPress Plugins Repository)
WordPress plugin that transforms Chinese character titles (of Posts, Pages and all other content types that use slugs) into a permalink friendly slug, showing pinyin that can be read by humans and (Chinese) search engines alike.
The original plugin can basically only be used on Chinese only websites; as soon as you install it on a bi/multilingual site it messes up the slugs of the non-Chinese languages.
This fork has been adapted by my ex-colleague Denis Cao in such a way that the slugs of the non-Chinese language remain untouched and only the Chinese character slugs will be transformed into pinyin.
Chinese characters don't come out good in permalinks. Without the Pinyin Slugs plugin activated, the example post I made for the screenshot will get a slug like this: %e6%90%9c%e7%b4%a2%e5%bc%95%e6%93%8e%e4%bc%98%e5%8c%96. With the plugin the slug automatically becomes sousuoyinqingyouhua.
Search engines such as Baidu obviously cannot make much of the first slug, but they can handle pinyin perfectly, especially when it is written as one long string without hyphens or underscores.
So instead of transforming "中国" into two separate words divided by a hyphen or an underscore (the original plugin has this as options), it is best transformed into "zhongguo". The only option Pinyin Slugs therefore has left is the length that you can limit to an x amount of letters. The default is 100, which should be plenty for most.
Pinyin Slugs also works with the new WP editor (Gutenberg) although the slugs are only changed upon saving the post/page, not immediately. This has to do with the way this new editor works.
Because ClassicPress is forked on WP 4.9.8 the Pinyin Slugs plugin is automatically also compatible with ClassicPress.
The Pinyin Slugs plugin has received the WPML Certification of Compatibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Pinyin Slugs work with Gutenberg?
Yes, it does (see above), although one caveat is that to be able to see the change of slug, the post/page first needs to be saved. The same applies for edits too.
Does Pinyin Slugs work with ClassicPress?
Yes, it does (see above), as ClassicPress is forked on WP 4.9.8 the Pinyin Slugs plugin is automatically also compatible with ClassicPress.
Pinyin Slugs will not transform existing slugs
Can I use this plugin also for Traditional Chinese?
No, the dictionary part of the plugin only contains Simplified Chinese. If you want, you can check what words the dictionary contains by going into
I have an issue with this plugin, where can I get support?
Please open an issue here on Github
This repo is open to any kind of contributions.
- License: GNU Version 2 or Any Later Version
- License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
- Donate link: https://so-wp.com/plugins/donations
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- date: October 29, 2018
- tested up to WP 5.0
- tested up to ClassicPress 1.0.0
- date: July 8, 2018
- tested up to WP 4.9.7
- date: March 15, 2017
- add sanitize_title filter once the file has been included as per suggestion of Polylang author @Chouby
- tidying up
- date: November 29, 2016
- remove version check
- tested up to WP 4.7
- date: August 7, 2015
- TWEAK: header settings page; only showed half logo after 2.0.3 update
- date: August 5, 2015
- changed header settings page to h1 (https://make.wordpress.org/plugins/2015/08/03/4-3-change-to-plugin-dashboard-pages/)
- show 4.3 compatibility
- date: June 19, 2015
- revert to semantic versioning
- date: April 9, 2015
- changed logos
- new banner image for WP.org Repo by Joschko Hammermann
- date: July 29, 2014
- due to non-compatibility issues with WP 4.0, complete rewrite of the plugin from the ground up
- bump minimum required WP version up to 3.8
- date: December 28, 2013
- fix reported bug that causes entire admin to be a maximum width of 48rem
- date: December 26, 2013
- tested up to WP 3.9-alpha
- settings page overhaul to better match WP 3.8 style
- change version number format
- change links
- change text domain to prepare for language packs (via Otto - http://otto42.com/el)
- redo version check
- change Github link
- add Dutch language files
- add WPML accreditation
- separate dictionary.php file
- add Mandarin Chinese language files
- edit readme.txt and readme.md
- fix textdomain issue
- First stable release
Preview of settings page as well as when adding a new Post