WordPress is undoubtedly one of the most trusted content management systems in the world. From running a government website to an ecommerce online store, there are several ways WordPress is proving to be beneficial to users. A particular feature that especially works in favor of users from across the globe is that a WordPress-powered website need not necessarily be in English. Other languages can equally be used for developing a website. According to statistics, after English, Chinese (24.2 %), Spanish (7.8 %), Japanese (4.7 %) are the top languages browsed on the Internet. This goes on to prove that English may be the dominant language on the Internet, but there are other languages which are popular too.
WordPress gives the power to the people to build websites in several languages. The multilingual support in WordPress helps you run the same site with different languages. There are several plugins that make the translation process easy and in this article we will concentrate on 7 such multilingual support plugins in WordPress.
The WordPress Multilingual Plugin
A preferred plugin when it comes to setting multilingual options for a website, the WordPress Multilingual Plugin or WPML by default supports over 40 languages. WPML doesn’t just support different languages but also translates content. The ‘Enhanced Translation Editor’ ensures that translation is top-class. Additionally the plugin also has the ability to translate theme and plugin texts. Another special feature of the plugin is that it also has special variant languages such as Canadian French or Mexican Spanish. You can get the plugin for $29.
Another significant competitor to WPML, the qTranslate plugin is also packed with several features that impress developers from different linguistic background. Many regard qTranslate to have several advantages over WPML, one such being the fact that users can add new languages via a Simplistic Configuration Page. The plugin also helps in URLs and SEO and has three modes for getting them right.
To make your website a multilingual one you can also use GTranslate which is a cross-platform plugin. Apart from WordPress this plugin also works for Joomla, Drupal and Magento. GTranslate comes both in free and premium versions. Currently, the plugin supports 58 languages with free automatic machine translation, analytics, with the ability for search engine indexing. The plugin is also search engine friendly with Meta data translation. The premium version has a few additional features such as the cloud-based Translation Delivery Network. GTranslate lives up to its tag “Your window to the world” in every possible manner.
Among the various things that you can do with the Polylang plugin, writing posts, pages and creating categories in different languages are just a few of them. However, the plugin doesn’t have automatic translation and these needs to be done manually. Currently, the plugin supports 19 languages which include French, German, Russian, Greek, and Dutch among others apart from English. Polylang has a native language switcher widget along with RSS feeds, menu items page categories etc. And yes, Polylang comes free!
GTS Translation Plugin
If the aim of installing a multilingual plugin is not only to add several languages to your website but also to drive international traffic smoothly into your site, GTS Translation Plugin is a good option. The plugin guarantees an increased traffic by 30 per cent after 3 months. GTS Translation Plugin supports languages and allows crowdsourcing. The plugin also translates Permalink URL names and Meta tags for improved SEO. Moreover, it uses a private and secure translation server. GTS Translation Plugin supports over 30 languages and is absolutely free.
This plugin works as a widget that will be shown in the sidebar of your blog or website. The users can use the widget to translate the content easily. Simple Translate is simple to use and is suitable for users who are looking for easy solutions.
Google Website Translator
Among the various tools available from Google, Google Website Translator can easily work as a useful plugin for WordPress. The translator lets you generate code snippet for your website. You can easily choose from over 60 languages and easily implement the plugin. The best part is obviously the fact that it is a free plugin!
Though each of the multilingual support plugin for WordPress has their set of advantages and disadvantages, largely WPML and qTranslate are highly rated among the developers and users.