Currently, 54% of all the content on the web is written in the English language. Without a doubt, it is the most popular language, but you have to consider that not everybody is fluent in English.

Even if you populate your site with content in the English language, you will still be missing out on potential readers and viewers who just can't enjoy your site due to language differences.

Here, we will share several language translation plugins available for WordPress to help you easily make your content available in different languages.

These multilingual plugins are of two types: auto-translate and self-translate. Auto-translate plugins use online services to translate your content quickly, but the end product isn't very reliable and requires editing.

Self-translate plugins, on the other hand, require the involvement of people, either you or your employees, during the translation process. These are slower, but the translated content is much more reliable and consistent.

Let's take a quick look at eight of the best WordPress language translation plugins.

Best Language Translation Plugins for WordPress

1. Weglot

When it comes to translating WordPress sites, there is no better plugin than Weglot.

You don't have to take our word for it. With an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars among hundreds of reviews, Weglot is the top-rated multilingual plugin in the WordPress directory. It's effective, lightweight, and easy to use. It is everything you want out of a multilingual plugin.

2. Polylang

Polylang is a free WordPress self-translation language plugin. It allows you to create your content in as many languages as you want (not more than 100, of course).

Your readers can choose any preferred option from their profile, and this plugin will automatically download that language pack. It works with most of the WordPress themes and fully supports RTL (right-to-left) languages.

Some notable features of the plugin include admin interfaces with 41 languages and translation access to regular posts, taxonomies, widgets, custom posts, and more. It also enables you to use subdomains for each enabled language, and you can switch between languages through a widget present in the navigation menu.

The plugin is capable of detecting a post’s language automatically set by you either manually or through a unique code in the URL.

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3. Lingotek Translation

Lingotek is one of the most linguistically skilled translation plugins. The plugin gives you three different variants for translating your content: machine translation, community translation, and professional translation.

The machine translation uses the Microsoft Translation tool and is free for the first 100,000 characters.

With the community translation, translations have to be self-made via the text editor built into the plugin’s workbench.

The third option, professional translation, requires you to invest some money and hire Lingotek’s experienced personnel to take care of the job.

Overall, this is a great plugin, especially if you want to ensure your content is reliably translated.

4. Google Language Translator

Google Language Translator is an online translating tool and a favorite of many site owners. It is not an official Google plugin for WordPress, but it can add Google Translate to your WordPress site.

The plugin supports more than 80 languages powered by Google Translate. It involves an easy and fast setup process, and, if required, the Google branding can be turned off.

The plugin also enables your visitors to switch between a selected set of languages manually, or they can select the entire range of Google Translate’s options.

5. Google Website Translator

Google Website Translator by Prisna is an easy-to-use language translation plugin for WordPress. The translations provided by this plugin are reasonably good for an auto-translation tool.

It has an intuitive admin panel, a dedicated widget called Prisna GWT for using shortcodes, and provides easy access to the translated languages for your visitors.

The plugin can also be optimized for improved loading times. When it comes to reviewing support tickets and feature requests, the developers are active all the time.

The plugin can translate your entire website, including menus and sidebars, within a few seconds.

6. Babble

Babble is one of the best autonomous multilingual plugins available for WordPress.

Notable features include speed optimization for faster loading times, translation of your website into numerous languages, and fewer queries throughout.

Babble displays two versions of the WordPress visual editor: one with the original content and the other with a blank canvas for you to rewrite the content in another preferred language. This is a self-translate plugin.

Overall, the plugin makes for an uncomplicated way to translate your website.

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7. WPML

WordPress Multilingual Plugin, or simply WPML, is a heavyweight and paid plugin. It can support more than 40 languages.

The plugin can tackle both the multilingual management and the translation process itself. WPML gives you a choice of translations placed on either the same domain, a subdomain, or a wholly different domain.

Some features of the plugin include multilingual e-commerce support, translation widgets, and synchronization with ICanLocalize and cloud services for auto-translations. It quickly sends the content to your preferred translation tool and efficiently puts high-quality translated materials at your disposal.

8. MultilingualPress

The MultilingualPress plugin assumes that you are providing different languages to your clients using the WordPress Multisite functionality. Hence, you can connect your autonomously translated versions of the website.

One noticeable feature of this plugin includes the prevention of data loss, meaning that the connected posts won’t disappear if a previous version is deleted. The translated pages will also be secured if they are handled one at a time.

You can also translate the categories and tags on the top of the posts. The same can be done with custom posts to improve SEO.

This plugin can translate links within each post to other languages automatically without using an additional widget.

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Originally published Jul 14, 2017 12:20:49 PM, updated October 18 2019