If you’ve put in a lot of effort creating the best possible WordPress site for your business, you’ll want it to be accessible by as many people as possible. By limiting your site to one language, you’re limiting your potential customer base. In order to reach more people, it’s important to translate your site into as many languages as possible. Luckily for you, there are plenty of WP Translation Plugins out there that can quickly allow you to translate your site for free! Here’s a list from us at WP Carers of the 7 Best WP Translation Plugins.
Lingotek Translation has access to a cloud-based translation network where translations can be sourced using machine solutions, crowd-sourced options or professional translators (the plugin has access to a pool of 5000 linguists). The plugin is free, but you need to sign up for a Lingotek account to use this plugin. It allows you to choose your translation method and queue the finished product up to be published. This method is quick and gives you full control of the process. Additional features include progress bars, Microsoft Translator API integration and professional text editor.
2. Polylang – WordPress Translation Plugin
This plugin acts as an all-in-one solution for managing a multilingual WordPress site. Polylang is compatible with Lingotek via an add-on if you like the idea of getting a second opinion. The plugin offers support for 41 languages and allows you to switch between languages using a widget in the navigation menu. Another convenient feature of this plugin is its ability to automatically detect the language of a post.
3. WPML – WordPress Translate Plugin
WPML allows you to manage your multilingual site and translate posts, although unfortunately you’ll have to pay for this double functionality. The plugin is idea for use with posts, taxonomies and menus. It can detect the language of your visitors’ browsers and translate your site accordingly. Additional features include eCommerce support, 40 different languages, compatibility with nearly all themes and a support team if you require help.
4. WPGlobus – WordPress Translations
This plugin provides you with a great backend to build your multilingual site on. There are multiple add-ons available for WPGlobus such as WPGlobus for TinyMCE and WooCommerce WPGlobus. Additional features include translations for widgets, automatic SEO features, a choice of admin interface language and a drop-down menu to switch between languages.
If you’ve already managed to translate your site’s content, this plugin provides a great way to easily manage your multilingual site. Multilanguage by BestWebSoft has default support for 76 languages but it’s easy to add new ones by modifying the languages.php file. You can also translate your site’s dashboard, which could make things much easier for you and your contributors.
MultilingualPress connects pages in different languages through a customisable widget. The plugin supports over 170 languages, impressive! This plugin ensures that even if you delete a post, the translation of it will remain saved. This is very handy if you wish to re-upload posts. The plugin also automatically adds links to other languages within each of your posts.
This plugin uses Google Translate’s technology to allow you provide multilingual content easily. Although the translations provided may not always be perfect, this is by far the easiest plugin to use on this list, you can just install it and go. Google Language Translator provides support for 80 languages.