Top 5 Translation Plugins for Your WordPress Site
We get asked about translation a lot in our support forums, which isn’t at all surprising – a good chunk of our members speak English as a second language. In fact, most of our support crew and developers are from non-English speaking countries – our staff is from more than 30 countries!
One of the easiest ways to translate your WordPress site and backend is with a plugin, but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you start searching for the right plugin, plus it can be tricky because not all translation tools are equally effective and each works differently.
This is the sixth post in our series on translating WordPress. Over the past week, we’ve featured a new post every day on translating different aspects of WordPress. If you have any requests please me know in the comments below.
Today we’re going to look at five free and premium plugins for translating your WordPress site.
Note: You might want to also check out our language Select Language on Signup – it does just want the name says it does.
This post is part of our Translation Week series:
- How to Translate a WordPress Theme
- How to Localize a WordPress Theme and Make it Translation Ready
- How to Set Up the WordPress Backend in Your Language
- How to Localize a WordPress Plugin and Make it Translation Ready
- Collaborative Translations Now Available for WPMU DEV Products
- How to Translate a WordPress Plugin
- Top 6 Translation Plugins for Your WordPress Site
WPML has been around for a while and is the most popular premium plugin for turning your site multilingual.
The default install comes with more than 40 languages and you can also add language variants, such as local dialects, using the language editor.
The plugin comes with three pricing plans – Multilingual Blog, Multilingual CMS and Multilingual Agency. The Blog and CMS plans come with a year of updates and support, as well as a reduced renewal fee.
WPML is operated by OnTheGoSystems, which also runs ICanLocalize, a professional translation service. You can even access the service from the WPML dashboard in WordPress.
The buzz around this plugin is that support is excellent. Its blog also shows that it is regularly updated with new features.
Another great thing about WPML is that it is compatible with a number of plugins, including our own Hummingbird.
(Additional plugins can sometimes be needed, as translating can often slow down your site)
As of release 4.3, WPML has also changed the way string translation works. Meaning when used in combination with Hummingbird, your site won’t slow down to a snail’s pace.
COST: Free with upgrade packages ranging from €79 to €199
TranslatePress lets you translate your site directly from the front-end and includes full support for WooCommerce, complex themes and site builders.
If you are busy building complex client sites, TranslatePress can make translation easy using the simplest interface you can hope for.
Speed up your process by translating your entire site with Google Translate. You can then change only what’s not perfectly translated.
Plus, TranslatePress gives you a bunch of control over your editorial process. Editors can publish translations only when they are complete and create translator accounts for translating without navigating to the backend of WordPress.
They have quality support and been actively releasing add-ons that extend even more the plugin functionality. Go with TranslatePress if you are looking for a safe and easy bet.
Weglot is a relatively new player in the multilingual solution environment but has quickly gained popularity, with more than 10,000 websites already using its service.
Weglot is quick and easy to install and use. From the plugin settings you can choose from 60+ languages customize the look and feel of items. You can even choose to use automatic translation or to manually do translations yourself via a straightforward editing platform.
The plugin comes with a free plan for small websites with less than 2,000 translated words and one extra language. Premium plans depend on your needs and usage, mainly based on the total number of translated words and extra languages.
When you sign up to Weglot, your account is also connected to professional translators agency from which you can order pro translations for selected content or pages.
Weglot is SEO optimized, following Google best practices, and is compatible with almost any theme or plugin. In addition, their support is friendly, fast and professional.
Transposh is another freely available translation plugin. It supports machine translations but unlike other plugins is allows visitors to your site to make edits to non-English language text.
This plugin comes packaged with 73 languages.
If you do not want users to edit translations (and potentially make embarrassing corrections) you can choose who you has permission to update translations.
Multilingual Press allows you to connect multiple sites as language alternatives in a Multisite installation.
This of course means you need to get Multisite up and running on your site before you install this plugin, adding a layer of complexity before you have even activated the plugin. If you are not keen on using Multisite you might want to check out other translation plugins.
Once you do get it up and running, Multilingual Press automatically creates duplicates of your posts and pages in other languages you specify.
There is also a pro version of this plugin, which offers support and updates.