Having the content of your website available in different languages can mean a much bigger audience for you. A very simple way to do this is to provide automatic translators, they’re not the same as manually translating all your content, but do a pretty good job. It’s better to have an automatic translation plugin than nothing at all.
Some words of caution though. While it might appear to be a good idea to translate the whole site into lots of different languages, this is bad for your Google rankings. Why?
- Google’s usage policy doesn’t allow other sites to store results of translation in the database for a long time so you are indirectly violating TOS because of that language plug-in.
- Instead of bringing in more search traffic, using language translation plug-ins can actually decrease traffic to your site because Google often views “auto-generated” pages as spam.
The other alternative is to use a manual translation plugin such as WPML.
Here are the best translation plugins you can use:
Transposh translation plugin for WordPress offers a unique approach to blog translation. It allows your blog to combine automatic translation with human translation aided by your users with an easy to use in-context interface.
Transposh includes the following features:
- Support for any language – including RTL/LTR layouts
- Unique drag/drop interface for choosing viewable/translatable languages
- Multiple selection for widget appearances – with pluggable widgets
- Translation of external plugins without a need for .po/.mo files
- Automatic translation mode for all content (including comments!)
- Use either Google Translate,MS Translate or Apertium backends – 65 languages supported!
- Automatic translation can be triggered on demand by the readers or on the server side
- RSS feeds are translated too
- Takes care of hidden elements, link tags, meta contents and titles
- Translated languages are searchable
- Buddypress integration
Here’s a video on how this wonderful automatic WordPress translation plugin works:
This WordPress auto translation plugin integrates Google Translate into your sidebar. You can translate your site’s content instantly by selecting the target language.
Are you using any translation plugins? Share your experience on whether such plugins have helped you widen your audience.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive translation system for WordPress, consider the WPML Multilanguage and translation plugin.
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