Creating a Multi-Language Website

It’s good to know that having a multi-language website involves a bit of effort, but there are also great perks that pay off. For example, you can increase your search traffic by up to 47% by making your website available in more than one language. Not bad, right?

If your website can be a good source of information for users that don’t know the primary language, it’s a loss not to make it accessible for them too. If you invest a lot of time and energy to write valuable content, then you should also try to make it as available as it can be.

You should know that changing the website language from the Dashboard area is not enough. Your website’s structure is formed of different parts of posts, pages, menus, or widgets. The content of those sections can be added directly to your language. However, there are strings attached, both from the theme and plugins, that you need to translate.

Let’s take the following scenario: you have a blog, and at the end of each article, you can have a Read more call to action. Those specific words should be translated into your native language to facilitate access.

How to translate your website using the Weglot plugin

  1. Install the Weglot plugin by going to Plugins → Add New →  Search for “Weglot” Click Install Now and then Activate 
  2. The next step is to register for a new account and get your API key. You can also find the registration link by going to Weglot in your WordPress dashboard and click the link found in the API section (screenshot here)
  3. Add the API key from your Weglot account to the plugin’s settings in your WordPress dashboard (screenshot here)
  4. Next, choose the Original and Destination language(s) and hit Save. You’ll unlock several options on how you want the language button’s design and position, and any URLs you want to leave out from being translated.
  5. Configure the language switcher: by default, Weglot adds a floating language switcher in the bottom right corner, as shown here, but you also have four other display options:
    1. In a WordPress menu
    1. As a WordPress widget
    2. With a shortcode
    3. In your source code

To add the Weglot language switcher in the menu you must go to Appearance → Menus and add the Weglot switcher menu item:

This way you’ll get a nice drop-down menu language switcher effect like this:

For all the other ways you can add the language switcher, check out this document.

How to edit website translations from Weglot

Weglot automatically translates your website once you chose a destination language in settings. There are two ways to edit those translations:

1. Using the Visual editor – go to your Weglot Dashboard and click “Visual editor”. To edit the text, you can hover over it and click the green pencil icon. Example below:

2. Use the backend translations list interface – from your Weglot Dashboard click on “Translations” and you’ll see a side-by-side list of the original text and the translated version. Use the navigation and search options to find specific content. Example below:

weglot side-by-side translation interface

If you want to go PRO, you can use Weglot PRO as well, highly recommended.


Are your themes compatible with Weglot?

Yes, all our themes are compatible with Weglot.

Updated on April 8, 2020

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