How to use Weglot to translate WordPress site

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In our post The Definitive Guide: Create a multilingual WordPress site, we have mentioned that you can use Weglot plugin to turn your site into a multilingual WordPress site. In this post, we gonna show you how to use Weglot (the free version) to turn an English WordPress website to a multilingual one.

With the free version of Weglot, we can translate up to 2000 words for only 1 website.

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Weglot pricing plans

In this tutorial, we will use a test site with TwentySixteen theme and will use Weglot to translate our website to French.

How to use Weglot:

1- Install Weglot

As any other plugin, you can install Weglot from your WordPress dashboard -> plugins. Or you can download it from this link and then upload it unzipped to your /plugins/ folder.

Weglot Settings:

As you can see in the following screenshot the settings page of Weglot, here are my settings to translate my website to French. Please note the following:

  • API Key: You can get it from your Weglot account.
  • Original language: The language I want to translate my website from.
  • Destination Languages: The language codes of the languages you need to translate your website into. In my case, I entered fr because I will translate my website into French.

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Once you click on ‘Save Changes’, you’ll get this screen

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2- Translate Content

After saving the settings, instantly everything will be translated on your website.

Checking the front page

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Switching to French

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Adding new post

Now I have my default and only post translated, what will happen when I add another post, let’s try

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Now, let’s give the language switcher another hit

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3- Edit Translations

Obviously, everything is translated using machine translation and it cannot be 100% correct. So you will need to correct those translations. To do so, go to your Weglot dashboard on Weglot website https://weglot.com/dashboard and start editing your translations as shown, I don’t want to translate my website title!

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4- Translations Options

In your Weglot dashboard, navigate to Translations options where you can indicate if you want a word/expression to be never translated or translated in a custom way. And you can search for a word in all translations and replace it.

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