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Are you contemplating translating your WordPress site into another language or multiple languages? Adding a translation plugin to your website could open up your business to a broader international audience, providing advantages to both your user experience and organic traffic.

Though, WordPress doesn’t come with the built-in ability to create a multilingual website. Fortunately, there are some great WordPress translation plugins that allow you to easily add multilingual content into your site.

Today’s WordPress Wednesday I will show you the five free WordPress translation plugins that you can use to create multilingual websites.

1. GTranslate


GTranslate plugin uses Google Translate automatic translation service to translate wordpress site with Google power and make it multilingual. With 103 available languages your site will be available to more than 99% of internet users. This plugin does have a pro versions that comes fully SEO compatible which will increase your international traffic and sales.

This translate plugin is a budget multilingual WordPress solution which combines automatic and human translations to save money and is easy to implement.

Price: Free

2. TranslatePress


TranslatePress is a better way of translating your WordPress site, the interface allows you to easily translate the entire page at once, including output from shortcodes, forms and page builders. It also works out of the box with WooCommerce.

Built the WordPress way, TranslatePress – Multilingual is a GPL and self hosted translation plugin, meaning you’ll own all your translations, forever. It’s the fastest way to create a bilingual or multilingual site.

Price: Free

3. Polylang


With this translating WordPress plugin called Polylang not only you can translate posts, pages, media, categories, tags, but you can also translate custom post types, custom taxonomies, widgets, navigation menus as well as URLs.

Create your languages, add a language switcher and you can start translating as Polylang integrates in the WordPress admin interface and will not change your habits. It also integrates content duplication accross languages for an efficient workflow.

The plugin doesn’t use any extra tables and doesn’t rely on shortcodes which are long to evaluate. It only uses WordPress’ built-in core features (taxonomies). And thus doesn’t require a lot of memory or harm the performance of your website.

It’s also compatible with major SEO plugins and automatically takes care of multilingual SEO such as html hreflang tags and opengraph tags. Polylang offers the possibility to use, at your option, one directory, one subdomain or one domain per language.

Price: Free

4. Lingotek Translation

Lingotek Translation

Lingotek Translation is an convenient cloud-based localisation and translation for WordPress, it simplifies the process of creating and maintaining a multilingual website. Features include machine, professional, and community translation solutions that ease the manual burden of launching in new markets while improving language consistency, cutting costs, and enabling you to deliver your brand to consumers abroad in the quickest and most effective way possible.

Make your WordPress website content truly multilingual. The power to translate is now inside WordPress!

Price: Free

5. Weglot Translate

Weglot Translate

This is probably the best and easiest translation solution to translate for your WordPress website, with Weglot Translate it detects and translates all your content in any language and provides a unique dashboard to edit translations or purchase professional translations to ensure the quality of translations.

Weglot Translate is totally SEO compatible and this plugin follows Google’s best practice in terms of multilingual websites to serve a translated webpage with clean source code. Every translated version of your website will be indexed by Google.

Weglot Translate, a WP multi language plugin, is trusted by companies in e-commerce, SaaS, marketplaces, corporate websites, mobile application landing pages, blogs, etc.

Price: Free


WordPress Wednesday – 5 WordPress Translation Plugins for Multilingual Websites