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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.