Creating a website with a lot of content is hard work and generally takes several weeks, even months. As a website owner, you want your website to be readable by visitors coming from all over the world. You certainly wouldn’t want to limit your audience to a particular region or a country.
WordPress multilingual plugins allows visitors translate your website’s content into multiple languages by detecting where they are coming from. In this article I will share a collection of the best WordPress multilingual plugins to make your website readable for all visitors.
WPML makes setting up multilingual websites very easy for everyone. After a simple installation, you can choose the languages you want your website to be translated into and start translating your content.
The plugin currently supports over 40 languages and you also have the choice of adding language variants such as Canadian French using the language editor. The great thing about the plugin is that you can use different languages in the same domains and subdomains.
As a site owner, you have the ability to turn WordPress users into translators. They will have access to only specific translation jobs which the editor has assigned them.
WPML is also compatible with WooCommerce and is a great way of creating multilingual stores. Everything from the product name, price to the description is translated into the target language(s).
The string translation interface lets you translate texts in other plugins and on admin screens. WPML works with most WordPress themes so you don’t have to worry about compatibility.
Polylang manually translates your website into various languages. For this, you need to create content in your target language. The plugin is free and easy to use, except for the part where you have to translate the content yourself. You can also choose which post or page you want to be translated.
The plugin lets you choose as many languages as you want and translate post, pages, media, categories, post tags and widgets. Polylang also supports custom post types, custom taxonomies, sticky posts and post formats, RSS feeds and all default WordPress widgets. Each translated page gets a unique URL that consists of a two letter code for languages. Visitors have the option of switching languages through a dedicated widget.
Lingotek Translation is another free WordPress multilingual plugin that makes it super easy to translate your WordPress website through its cloud based localization and translation. The plugin removes the burden of manually translating your WordPress website.
The Professional workflow offers access to the Lingotek’s marketplace that is home to more than 5000 translators. The plugin fully automates the transfer of files between Lingotek and WordPress, saving you the time and hassle of managing translation related files.
You can choose to not opt for the Professional translation and let your writer and editors create translated versions of your content. The Lingotek Workbench is an ideal text editor for translating your content.
The third option is Free Automatic. If you don’t want to spend too much on translating your pages, you can opt for machine translation. The plugin automatically translates the content on your pages by using the commercial API for Microsoft Translator.
The optimized interface of Babble provides a lot of options for managing the translation process. The plugin was acquired by Automattic so it’s part of the WordPress core which means there is a very gentle learning curve for the users.
Babble is both effective and lightning fast. Designed with performance in mind, the plugin enhances site performance. The plugin generates pages 20% faster with 40% fewer queries. You also have the option of adding unlimited languages to your WordPress website.
Because of the association with Automattic, the developers behind Babble are active contributors to the WordPress core. This reduces the chances of a broken plugin.
The plugin allows you to build different versions of your website in different languages and connect them with each other using WordPress Multisite. In practical terms, it lets you connect an unlimited number of multilingual websites with each other.
The language manager supports 174 different languages. The plugin also lets you edit your translations for a post or page directly from the post editor without needing to switch sites.
A flexible widget contains the list of links to all translation pages. MultilingualPress also translates categories names and tags, and generate SEO friendly URL and permalinks.
Google Website Translator
Google Website Translator uses Google’s automatic translation service to translate your website in more than 100 languages. The plugin is simple to install and use.
After you have installed the plugin, specify the default language before adding the languages you want to translate your page in. From then onwards, the plugin’s admin panel makes all processes a walk in the park.
You can embed the widget anywhere on the website by using a shortcode. Visitors could use this drop-down widget to select their desired language.
WPGlobus – Multilingual Everything!
WPGlobus is a free WordPress multilingual plugin that assists users in translating their WordPress posts and pages.
The plugin offers manual translation which means you will have to create the translated version(s) of your website yourself. WPGlobus is also compatible with various page builders and composers. You also have the option to add one or several different languages. It is also SEO enabled as the translated pages could be easily integrated with Yoast SEO and All in One SEO.
The customizable widget allows visitors to change the language of the website from the frontend. This change also impacts the language of the admin panel as well.
TranslatePress – Translate Multilingual sites
With a friendly user interface, TranslatePress makes it incredibly easy to translate your WordPress website. It allows you to easily translate entire pages of your website at once. The plugin is also compatible with WooCommerce.
TranslatePress is a GPL and self-hosted WordPress plugin which means you will own your translations forever. It also works perfectly with all theme and plugins so you don’t have to worry about compatible versions.
If you want to translate your pages yourself, you can use the manual translation option as the plugin supports both, automatic and manual translation.