Making your site multilingual opens up huge opportunities. It allows you to reach out to different communities and attract new visitors. If you’re using WordPress for your business’s site, that means more customers and more revenue.
We’ve found that Weglot is the best plugin for making your WordPress site multilingual. In this review, we’ll be going over how to install this plugin, the features that it offers, and the differences between the free version and the premium versions.
What is Weglot?
Since its launch in 2016, Weglot has become one of the most popular translation plugins. Over 20,000 businesses use it for their company websites. Also, Weglot has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, making it the top-rated multilingual plugin in the WordPress directory.
Weglot supports more than 100 languages. It can be used to translate every single word on your site, including Yoast SEO Titles and Page Builder content.
- Different Translation Methods
There are two ways to translate your website with Weglot: You can translate your content manually, or you can set it up so that your content is translated automatically. You can also use both, leveraging human and machine translations at the same time.
- Theme and Plugin Compatibility
Weglot is compatible with Woocommerce, as well as many other themes and plugins.
Weglot has pageview statistics that allow you to compare your translated content and see what is most popular.
Enabling this feature will automatically display your site in the language used by the visitor’s browser.
Weglot ensures translated pages are indexed by following multilingual SEO best practices, such as adding hreflang tags, translating meta data, and translating source code.
With Weglot, you can add a button to your site that allows visitors to translate the content themselves.
Installation and Configuration
To start using Weglot, you first need to install and activate it on your WordPress site. Then, from your WP dashboard, go to Weglot>Main Configuration.
You will need to enter your API key to connect Weglot to your website. You can find the API key in your Weglot account. To access your account, you just need to create a username and password here.
Next, choose the original language of your website and the destination language that you want. The original language is the current language used on your site, and the destination language is the language you want it to be translated into.
After you save these settings, your site will be multilingual.
Language Button Settings
You can customize the appearance and placement of your language button. To do this, go to WordPress Dashboard>Weglot>Language Button Appearance.
The language can be displayed in full form or short form. For example, your two options for the English language are “English” and “En”. You can change the shape of the flag that’s displayed next to the language as well.
The default placement for the language button is in the bottom-right corner of your website. If you’d like to change that, you can use the Weglot shortcode to put it wherever you want on your site.
There may be some elements of your site, such as your logo or slogan, that you don’t want to be translated. You can use URL or CSS selectors to exclude these elements from translation.
Managing Your Translations
The homepage of your Weglot account gives you an overview of your translation stats, including the number of words that have been translated, the number of languages that are being used, and which plan you’ve signed up for.
The dashboard in your account gives you two tools to work with: the Translation List and the Visual Editor.
This tools allow you to manage all the translations on your site, section by section.
Premium users can request professional translations. You can also archive content and delete languages from your site through the Translations List.
With the easy-to-use visual editor, you can simply click on sections on the front-end of your site to translate sentences or entire pieces of content manually. This is a very useful tool for when you need to translate a large amount of content all at once. You can use the visual editor to preview translated content before you publish it.
You can choose either a free or premium version of Weglot. The free version allows you to translate up to 2,000 words into one language. So, if you want to translate more content than that or you want to translate your content into more than one language, you’ll need to upgrade to one of the premium versions:
Starter: €9.90 per month. You can translate up to 10,000 words into one language with this plan.
Business: €19.00 per month. You can translate up to 50,000 words into five languages with this plan.
Pro: €49.00 per month. You can translate up to 200,000 words into unlimited languages with this plan.
Enterprise: €199.00 per month. You can translate up to 1,000,000 words into unlimited languages with this plan.
Corporate: €799.00 per month. You can translate up to 5,000,000 words into unlimited languages with this plan.
The Final Word
Overall, Weglot is an excellent option if you want your visitors to be able to translate your site into their own language. It’s SEO-friendly, compatible with any WordPress theme or plugin, and it doesn’t require any coding experience. It’s easy to see why no other multilingual plugin gets better reviews in the WordPress directory than Weglot. If you want to try it, they have a 10-day free trial which will help you to make your own opinion.