Best Translation Plugins for WordPress

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The last few WordPress posts we’ve done here at Website Magazine were met with great attention. Apparently, Wordpress bloggers love their plugins so who are we to keep them from knowing about the best. Today’s post focuses on the top translation plugins for WordPress. While each is different in some of the primary features, each plugin has been thoroughly tested and worked well for us in the latest version of WordPress.

If you’re aware of a translation plugin for WordPress that we missed, let us and other Website Magazine readers know by sharing your comment below.


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Global Translator: Automatically translates your blog into 41 different languages. The number of available translations depends on your blog languages and the translation engine (features four – Google translation engine, Babel Fish, Promt, and Free Translations) you choose to use. Features include its SEO friendliness (by adding permalink language code, (e.g. en for English) at the beginning of you URL), fast caching system, configurable layout and not database modifications. The Global Translator plugin has been downloaded over 180,000 times. There is a great list of FAQ’s on the plugins addressing speed, layout and translation engine problems. Similar translation plugins are the ConveyThis Blog Translator (nearly 3,000 downloads)

ICanLocalize Translator: Unlike the free machine translation provided by the other plugins highlighted here, the ICanLocalize Translator plugin (from ICanLocalize.com) actually sends posts and pages to be translated by real people – users select from a pool of professional translators or assign the work to a preferred translator at the cost of seven cents per word. If you’re serious about creating multi-lingual WordPress websites look no further than this plugin. Downloaded less than 1000 times, this one’s not for the casual blogger but great for serious companies looking to make an international footprint with their WP blog.

Google Translator: The handy little plugin enables blogger to feature a Google translation widget on their sidebar. Readers are easily to change your website’s language to their native language by just selecting it from a pull down menu. Base language selectable, multi language supported. The Google Translator plugin works with version 2.5 or higher and has been downloaded over 3,600 times. A similar plugin is the free translation widget offered by Applied Language Solutions (downloaded just over 1,000 times).

Translate This: Andrea Olivato’s Translate This plugin enables users to translate their posts and pages directly from the input form – see a preview of how it works in this screencast on YouTube. Inside the translation menu of the plugin, users choose one of the 42 languages they want to translate to (the system automatically determines what language you are writing in) and the text will be updated automatically. The plugin however has only been downloaded 1,000 times. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/translate-this/

Google AJAX Translation: One of the more popular and accessible plugins on this list, the Google AJAX translation widget adds a “Translate” button to the bottom of posts, pages and/or comments. The plugin detects the browser's preferred language and shows the "Translate" button in that language if available. That language is listed first in the popup. The plugin uses the Google AJAX Language API and the jQuery-translate plugin. Recently updated, the plugin has been downloaded over 14,000 times.

 

 

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1 comment

John AlanR 07-28-2009 3:19 PM

You noted that the "the ICanLocalize Translator plugin... actually sends posts and pages to be translated by real people." I didn't know that existed, but it's fascinating. I wonder how many languages are managed at seven cents per word...

For those who can afford it, this could be a rather useful alternative to machine-created translations.

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