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How to Add Google Translate to Make WordPress Site Multilingual?

updated on Mar 12, 2015
How to Add Google Translate to Make WordPress Site Multilingual? By default, WordPress is not setup as a multi-language platform where various languages are supported at a time. However, there are many times when you need to translate your WordPress site and generate a perfect translation of your content to reach a larger audience.

Besides that, it is likely to feel overwhelmed and confused when you are searching for the most appropriate plugin. In this case, we are going to showcase how it is easy to make your website multilingual by the use of Google Translate. Now, move forward and learn more details.

How to Enable Google Translate via a WordPress Plugin?

As above, there is no need for you to Install WordPress multisite for each language. And instead, you can easily translate the website into your preferred language by taking advantage of a handy solution – "Google Language Translator." Note that, this plugin empowers you to embed the Google Language tool anywhere on your site, and it is available for free download from www.wordpress.org. Now, let's go down to the point in the following parts.

Add Google Translate to Website - Google Language Translator

Step 1 – Install & Activate Google Language Translator
Beyond all doubt, the first thing you need to do is enable the above-mentioned "Google Language Translator" solution. In general, there are two ways to install and activate a WordPress plugin – via WordPress admin panel or a FTP program. Allowing for convenience, we will focus on the former method.

Add Google Translate to Website - Install & Activate Google Language Translator

In detail, you are expected to login to the WordPress dashboard and move your mouse over the "Add New" tab located in the "Plugins" section. As is showed above, search this "Google Language Translator" plugin and you will be prompted to "Install" and "Activate" it with related details. If everything goes fine as expected, this "Google Language Translator" will be stored as "Installed Plugins" for later use.

Add Google Translate to Website - Installed Plugins Page

Step 2 – Make Personalized Configurations
After finishing up with your installation and activation, you will have to go to "Settings" > "Google Language Translator" to customize this newly-enabled plugin. As you can see, you shall firstly check the "Plugin Status" to get it activated. In the meantime, you will have to specify your website's original language and decide what translation languages will be showed in the language box. In the drop-down menu, there are more than sixty of worldwide languages.

Add Google Translate to Website - Check Your Plugin Status

After that, you will be required to "Show Flag Images" especially when you want to show "All Language." Now, just check the correspondent box and select the flags that you want to display on the website. At the same time, you have the ability to show floating translation widget and the translate box as you like. By the way, you can choose to embed a Google Translate widget by registering with Google directly.

Add Google Translate to Website - Choose Flag Image

Below that, there are two layout options for you to choose from, including "Vertical" and "Horizontal." More importantly, you will need to decide whether show "Google Toolbar" and "Google Branding", and in the meantime, define the translator position. And more, it is possible to activate Google Analytics functionality and even turn on "Translation Management" and "Multilanguage Mode."

Add Google Translate to Website - Activate More Options

Note: At the bottom of this settings page, there are some short codes that can be applied into pages, posts, sidebar, page template, navigation menu and much more. Don't forget to "Save Changes" to take effect.

Add Google Translate to Website - Save Your Changes

Step 3 – Add Google Language Translator to Sidebar
If you want to add "Google Translate" to your site's sidebar without dealing with annoying code, you will need to head over to "Appearance" > "Widgets." As is displayed in the below image, there are a good number of "Available Widgets", and all you need to do is drag and drop this "Google Language Translator" widget to the right "Widget Area." If needed, you can create a unique title for this translator. Again, remember to "Save" all your changes.

Add Google Translate to Website - Add It to Sidebar

Till now, you have put this Google Translator onto your website successfully. In some cases you might like to use something other than the mentioned "Google Language Translator", here are some recommendable WordPress plugins:
  1. Polylany – It allows you to setup a bilingual or even multilingual WordPress website with up to 37 languages, such as English, German and French, etc. Besides that, you are able to translate pages, media, widgets, menus, categories and much more.
  2. Xili-language – It allows you to create and manage a multilingual WordPress site with yours or other localizable themes. In the further, you will be provided with a user-friendly interface that includes a list of titles and links.
  3. Bogo – It allows you to build a multilingual blog site on a single WordPress install with ease. More than that, you can display a language switcher on your WP site so that your visitors can easily switch the language on the website.