Does the name of GTranslate remind you of something? Yes, Google’s free translation service is quite popular, and most of us have used it at least once. Whether you needed a quick translation to one of the almost one hundred languages, or you had to translate the entire website, Google did it quickly. It’s not a secret that the service is one of the most powerful ones on the Internet; but is there a way to harvest the power of Google in order to translate your WordPress site?
Yes, there is, and you’re only a few clicks away from having a multilingual site. In today’s article, we’re about to show you a fantastic plugin that can translate your WordPress site entirely. And if you want even more, the premium version breaks the boundaries of Google Translate and allows a complete translation with numberless extra features. Let’s take a look.
GTranslate – translate your WordPress site in just one click
Although GTranslate service will work on any website (which is an amazing feature), we are going to focus on the WordPress side of the coin. It’s free, and there are more than fifty thousand active users out there. Don’t worry if you still haven’t heard of GTranslate; the developers don’t hold the grudge, but instead, they are happy to welcome you to their large online family.
GTranslate plugin is lightweight, and you can have it active in a matter of minutes. Just search for “Translate WordPress with GTranslate“, install and activate the plugin, and you’ll be ready for going global.
Humungous number of languages
GTranslate allows you to quickly translate your WordPress site into more than 100 languages
By navigating to Settings -> GTranslate, you’ll open a very simple settings page that will let you personalize and control the plugin. For starters, you will get to choose the look of your widget. Depending on the design of your website, you can go for flags, language names, lists, and a combination of those. We would like to accentuate the new “Globe” widget look that shows an elegant icon of planet Earth. When you click on it, all the selected languages will appear around it and act like artificial language moons which you can select to translate your WordPress site instantly.
Other options allow you to choose the original language of the site, opt-in for Analytics so that you can track visitor’s behavior regarding language selections, and of course select languages you want to translate to. As there are more than one hundred languages, you do not want to list them all.
Show the widget
Although it may seem that such a robust service needs time to get mastered, you’ll be surprised how intuitive and quick the setup really is. After going through the settings page, you’ll prepare and customize the widget in a matter of minutes. After that, it’s time to show the language selector on your site.
To do so, you can choose either to display a widget by going to Appearance -> Widgets or you can use the [gtranslate] shortcode to summon the language selector anywhere you want. Want the selector in a post or page? Just copy the shortcode. Want it on the menu? Simply select a menu from the settings page. How about adding the widget in WordPress templates? The developers prepared the function for you:
<?php echo do_shortcode('[gtranslate]'); ?>. You can even add a floating selector if you want to.
Click to translate
Do you realize that this is all you have to do in order to translate your WordPress site? After you’ve added the widget, go on and open any page on your website. When you’re ready to switch the language, just click the flag, choose the language name or select one from the list.
There are no loading times nor redirections; your entire site translates instantaneously!
Even though Google’s machines are excellent translators, they’re still far away from being perfect. As you can see from the translated pages on your site, improvements need to be made. But that’s not something you should worry because GTranslate’s premium plans got you covered.
The important differences between the free and premium versions
The free version of GTranslate stops here. It harvests the power of Google to translate your site automatically, and it does a great job, that’s out of the question. But if you want to be able to control translations without having to rely exclusively on Google Translate, you’ll be interested in any of the premium plans.
Choose any of the premium plans, and you will have a complete multilingual solution which also provides automatic translations. The free version only allows automatic translations with Google Translate service.
While browsing your translated website, you can quickly enter the edit mode. To activate one, you will first have to choose a premium plan because it’s a paid feature. But it’s a valuable one. For as low as $1.99 you will be able to edit translations on your WP site.
To enter the edit mode, you will have to select the sub-directory URL structure and just add the
?language_edit=1 at the end of URL. It may sound technical, but don’t worry; you just need to click twice to prepare everything. After hitting the return key, every sentence on your website will get an icon. After clicking the little pencil, you will be able to edit the translation on the go. You can even edit the URLs the same way!
Sometimes, you will want to keep a part of the text as is. If you don’t want to translate a particular paragraph or a phrase, simply wrap it in the
<span class="notranslate"></span>. The developers created a class that stops machines from showing off and translating the text.
Search engines will love your translations
If you select a premium plan, GTranslate becomes a beast. Not only it will do all the free version can, but it adds priceless pieces to the puzzle. For starters, your translated pages will become SEO-ready. Google, Bing and other search engines will be able to index your new pages properly. That means that you can instantly go global and allow international users to find you through their native language! It’s much of a bigger deal than you think.
Additionally, GTranslate will do its magic on all the meta keywords and descriptions which will make the site even more visible to search engines.
It is possible even to translate URLs, host a specific language on a top level country domain, and there’s support for SSL.
Even though the quick Google translations aren’t always top-notch, having a site in multiple languages is paramount in some cases. Since GTranslate offers you a free version, sometimes it’s more important to reach the international audience than to have a perfectly translated site.
15-day trial period
Try any of the premium GTranslate plans for free. Register and see what the service can do for you.
We know that many of you are perfectionists. So do the developers of GTranslate, and that’s why they offer all the premium features you will love. If your plan is to go global, you won’t mind paying a few extra bucks for any of the premium versions of the service. Try GTranslate, and we’re sure that you’ll keep on using it on all of your sites.