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How To Create A Multilingual WordPress Site

Although English has been the major language used online for a long time now, this scenario is fast changing. With newer economies and global borders diminishing when it comes to online purchases, language is becoming a major factor in influencing website customers.

In today’s day and age, if you are operating your business online or have an online presence, you are faced with the challenge of operating in a multilingual environment.

Offering an online website in multiple languages gives you plenty of potential for growth.

There may be different reasons why you need to translate your WordPress website into other languages:

Your business operates in a country that uses multiple languages or you just want to have your web page in several languages to reach a wider audience.

You can do this using language translation plugins. There are quite a few good options available on WordPress. However, before you start you need to be aware of the basics. There are two categories of multilingual plugins:

Auto-translation Plugins — these plugins rely on online translation services to convert your content into a variety of languages. However, as the service is automated, the translations may not be 100% accurate and reliable.

Self-translation Plugins — these plugins require you to translate the content yourself or hire professional translators. Although this is a more time-consuming approach, the quality of translations would be much better than those generated from the auto-translation services.

Here are a few Plugins that can help you to translate your website into different languages of your choice.

Polylang

Features

  • Free WordPress translation plugin.
  • Self-Translation Plugin. It allows you to create multilingual content in as many languages as you need.
  • Fully supports RTL languages and works with most WordPress themes.
  • You can provide a translation for any post, page, custom post type, category, tag, or menu.
  • Although the plugin can automatically detect the language of a post, you can also set it manually or through a code in the URL.
  • Enables you to use unique subdomains for each enabled language.
  • Users can switch between languages through a widget in the navigation menu.

WPML

WPML

Features

  • WPML is a paid plugin and is one of the most popular WordPress multilingual plugin.
  • You can translate all your posts, pages, custom post types, and menus into any language you want.
  • Licenses available from $29 yearly.
  • The CMS offering available for $79 is the most recommended option as it is able to handle multilingual posts of all kinds, along with taxonomies and menus. It’s also able to detect the language of visitors’ browsers and the ability to translate custom fields, widgets, and themes. It also offers e-commerce support and multi-user translation management amongst other features.
  • Offers both auto-translate and self-translate options. For auto translation, WPML syncs with ICanLocalize and Cloudwords by sending your content to your preferred translation tool. The default WordPress text editor allows for manual translation by letting you write the translation alongside the native language content. It also connects you with professional translation services, so you can hire someone to translate your content.

Lingotek Translation

lingotek

Features

  • Free Cloud-based Plugin, built on top of the Polylang plugin.
  • It offers three different ways of translation: machine translation, your own translators or the platform’s pool of professional translators.
  • Up to 100,000 characters free machine translations via Microsoft Translator API
  • Built-in professional text editor for translations
  • Offer as many languages as you want
  • Translate posts, pages, categories, tags, media, menus and more

Have you tried any of these plugins? Are there any others you would recommend? We would love your feedback in our comments section below.



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