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Which plugin to choose to translate WordPress?

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When translating WordPress or WooCommerce into other languages, there are some questions we should ask before deciding which WordPress translation plugin to choose.

We can choose free or paid translation options, depending on the characteristics of the website, its needs and our budget. Let's take a look at the most popular plugins among Google users for translating WordPress:

Paid plugins for translating WordPress

  • WPML: is the WordPress translation plugin par excellence. You can do a manual translation of the content with your own team of translators or it connects you with professional translation services. You can translate pages, posts, custom post types, taxonomies, menus and even WordPress themes. Undoubtedly the best solution for professional and quality translation.
  • Ajax Translator Revolution: this is a premium plugin that uses the Google machine translator and can translate into more than 60 languages. The plugin installs a bar on top of the website with the languages you want to include. As it is a machine translation, the results are not optimum, and manual correction and editing is advisable.

Free translation plugins

  • Polylang: translations are done manually through the site editor. It is one of the best free plugins according to users. It translates content, categories and menus.

Advantages: one of its strengths is the technical support it offers. You can translate posts, pages, categories, widgets, etc. Every page is translated independently, so use of WordPress plugins improves SEO and it also allows you to translate the URL slugs, by folders (www.ejemplo.com/eng) and by directory (eng.ejemplo.com).

Disadvantages: many plugins, not for translation but those offering different functions, don't integrate easily.

  • Transposh: you can do machine translations but with the advantage that you can edit them manually from the public area of your website.

Advantages: it can translate websites into 82 languages and it is compatible with all WordPress plugins.

Disadvantages: its machine translations are not very accurate and require manual correcting.

  • GTranslate: this plugin uses Google translation technology. Once installed and set up in the widgets page of your WordPress, it must be added to the sidebar. From there you can translate any page from your website automatically.

Advantages: the plugin has a paid option that revises translations, translates URLs, etc.

Disadvantages: keep in mind that the quality of Google translations is not very reliable. Furthermore, the whole content is translated, and it is not possible to translate just a specific text.

You should always use the services of a translation company for professional translation of a WordPress website or WooCommerce online store, as a poor translation could cause serious damage to your conversion rates. With AT Language Solutions, you can translate your WordPress site with WPML and take advantage of our professional translation services. The result? A website with a quality translation into one or several languages - and all without much effort on your part.

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