4,208,571,287 – that’s the latest estimate for the number of global Internet users.
It’s a pretty safe bet that not all of those people speak the language that you use on your WordPress site, right?
That means there are hundreds of millions of people out there searching Google in a different language, shopping in a different language, and just generally browsing the web in a different language.
Those people might not find you in Google (45% of surveyed people never use a language other than their own when online). They might not buy your products (42% of surveyed people never buy products in different languages). And that’s a problem in this global world, right?
But that problem is also an opportunity. If you do translate WordPress, you can:
- Rank in Google for different languages and increase your site’s audience
- Start collecting qualified leads from other regions that you couldn’t reach before
- Provide a better user experience for visitors around the world (or even in your own backyard)
More importantly, it’s easier than you might think to translate WordPress and OceanWP. And in this post, you’ll learn how you can create a multilingual site without needing to write a single line of code or configure any complicated settings areas.
Weglot Makes It Easy To Translate WordPress
Weglot is a popular WordPress translation plugin that’s used by more than 50,000 websites. Unlike some other solutions, it aims to make translating your site as quick and painless as possible.
Immediately after activating Weglot on your site, Weglot uses automatic machine translation to translate your entire site. Then, you can build on that multilingual foundation by using the Weglot dashboard to manually review the automatic translations or even outsource them to professional translators.
Weglot works with all your WordPress content, including content from any theme or plugin. Some of the many extensions that you can translate with Weglot are…
- OceanWP (demo here), for the complete tutorial see OceanWP dedicated documentation article
- Page builder plugins like Elementor (demo here), Divi, Beaver Builder + more
- The WordPress block editor (AKA Gutenberg) – example here
- …all other WordPress plugins and themes! This is just a sample to give you an idea of what’s possible.
Your translations will always be in sync, too.
As you add new WordPress content, you’ll be able to manage those new translations in your Weglot dashboard. And if you edit translations in the Weglot dashboard, those changes will automatically show up on your WordPress site.
Painless Setup Process And No Maintenance
Setting up Weglot takes just a few minutes and you’ll have a working multilingual website right away. These are literally the only settings you need to configure to launch your multilingual site:
There’s no complicated page-by-page translation, no messing with configuration settings, no double-checking to see if you have a “Weglot compatible theme”…it just works.
Easy Translation Management Via Two Dashboards
After Weglot automatically translates your site’s content, Weglot gives you two different ways to manage your translations.
You can use the side-by-side Translations List, which looks a lot like a .po editor:
Or, you can go for the Visual Editor, which lets you edit your translations by clicking on text on a live preview of your site:
To help you stay on top of your translations, Weglot will tell you whether or not a human has reviewed the automatic machine translation yet.
And you can even outsource your translations to professional translators right from the editor:
Multilingual SEO Made Easy
Weglot implements Google’s recommended SEO best practices to make sure your translated content can start bringing in new visitors from organic search.
First, Weglot creates country-specific URLs for each translation (via subdirectories). This is one of Google’s recommended solutions and ensures that Google is able to fully index each language version.
Weglot also adds the hreflang tag, which lets Google know about the different translations for each piece of content and helps them rank the proper version in different language searches.
Finally, Weglot lets you translate all your important SEO metadata, including:
- URL slugs
- SEO titles and descriptions that you added via a plugin like Yoast SEO
- Social media Open Graph settings
How To Translate WordPress And OceanWP In Just 5 Minutes
To show you how Weglot works, I’ll take you through translating a WordPress site built with OceanWP. If you want to skip straight to the end result, check out our multilingual OceanWP demo.
Step 1: Install And Activate The Weglot Plugin
The Weglot plugin is available for free at WordPress.org, which means that you can install it right from your dashboard by going to Plugins → Add New:
Step 2: Create Your Free Weglot Account And Copy API Key
Next, head to the Weglot website and create your free account. Once you activate your account and sign in, you’ll see your API Key:
Step 3: Activate Weglot Plugin And Enjoy Your Multilingual WordPress Site!
To finish things out, go to the new Weglot tab in your WordPress dashboard and:
- Paste your API key into the box
- Choose your website’s original language.
- Choose one or more destination languages
Once you hit that Save Changes button, Weglot will automatically translate your site’s content into your chosen destination language(s) and visitors can start using the language switcher right away.
To manage your translations, head to your Weglot dashboard and choose your preferred translation interface.
And that’s all there is to it! If you want more of a helping hand, you can read our full Weglot-WordPress setup guide or reach out to a human at [email protected]. We have 12+ technical support experts who will be happy to help!
And that’s how easy it is to translate OceanWP and WordPress and start reaping the benefits of a multilingual WordPress site!
If you have any further questions, leave a comment and we’d love to help!
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