How to Translate WordPress Using Weglot (Beginner’s Guide)

Building an international audience is going to take more than hoping people from around the world visit your site and subscribe or buy. In fact, many global consumers (55% to be exact) prefer to buy in their native language and stick to the motto, “Can’t Read, Won’t Buy.”

That’s why translating your WordPress website into other languages is a great way to reach a broader audience.

But more than that, translating your site’s content helps puts people speaking different native languages at ease as they navigate your site and decide whether to convert as a paying customer or not.

But how are you
supposed to translate your site’s content into languages you don’t speak?

Well today we’re going to share with you an easy way to automatically translate WordPress using Weglot.

What is Weglot?

weglot translation plugin for wordpress

Weglot is a translation plugin for WordPress that integrates seamlessly with your website, is compatible with WordPress themes and plugins, and has a simple interface for those that want quick and easy translations of their website.

Once installed and activated, Weglot automatically detects
your site’s content (including menu items)
and translates it into the language you choose. From there you can manage your
site’s translations in the Weglot cloud dashboard (you do need a Weglot account) using a visual editor so you can make
manual translation edits if needed.

Weglot also comes with these powerful features:

  • Quick installation so you can translate content right away
  • Collaboration with team members on translations inside the Weglot dashboard
  • Over 100+ languages to choose from
  • Full multilingual SEO optimization
  • Automatically delivery of content to visitors in their preferred language based on their browser settings
  • Preview of translated content before its pushed live
  • Access to professional translators if you need more help

Now that you know a little about what Weglot can do for you and your global audience, let’s see how it can help you translate WordPress.

Step 1: Install and Activate Weglot

The first thing you’ll need to do is install and activate
Weglot on your WordPress website. To do this, go to Plugins > Add New and
search Weglot.

weglot translation plugin

Click Install Now and
Activate. Weglot is now installed
and you’re ready to move on to the next step.

Step 2: Configure the API Key

Once you install Weglot, click on the menu item labeled Weglot in your WordPress dashboard. You’ll
see a request for your API Key, the original language of your website, and a
box for you to enter the languages you wish to translate your site into.

To get the API Key, go to Weglot’s official website and sign up for an account.

create a weglot account

Once inside your account, you’ll see the API Key needed to configure
the plugin on your website. Copy it so you can paste it in the backend of your
WordPress site.

weglot api key

Go back into your WordPress dashboard and paste the API Key
in the first field.

weglot settings - api key

Step 3: Choose Your Languages

Below the API Key form field, you’ll see two more form fields: one for the original language of your site (in other words, the language it’s set to right now) and the Destination Languages (the languages you want to translate your site into).

To start, select the language your site is currently in. For
our example, we’ll select English. Next, choose the language(s) you want to
translate your site into. For our example, we’ll choose Spanish.

weglot settings - languages

Click Save Changes.
Once you do, you’ll see a success message that your site is now multilingual.

success message

Step 4: Customize the Language Button

On the success message that displays, you’ll have the option
to either check out your site’s homepage or customize the language button. To
customize the language button, simply close the modal popup.

You’ll now see the settings that relate to your language button,
as well as some other miscellaneous plugin settings. The first setting is for
the design of your language button.

language button design

Here are the settings available:

  • Preview of the language button
  • Dropdown box when switching languages on the
    frontend of your site
  • Include language flags
  • Type of flags: rectangle mat (matte), rectangle
    shiny, square, circle
  • Display name of languages
  • Full language name
  • Custom CSS

Step 5: Customize the Button Position

The next setting you can customize is the position of the
language button. By default, the language switcher will be located in the
bottom right hand corner of your website.

You have the option to change its position by following the
instructions in this settings section.

language button position

Step 6: Configure Other Weglot Settings

By default, Weglot translates every webpage on your
WordPress website. If you want, you can exclude parts or full pages by adding
the URLs or Exclusion Blocks here.

translation exclusion

You can also configure the last bit of settings in the
Weglot translation plugin:

  • Redirect users based on their browser language
  • Translate emails
  • Translate AMP page
  • Allow users to search in the language they prefer
  • Restrict translated content to admin users

When all the settings are the way you want them to be, click
Save Changes.

Step 7: View WordPress Translations

After configuring the Weglot settings, you can preview your website and see the translated content.

Go to View Website in the WordPress dashboard, find the language switcher, and select a new language.

language switcher

You’ll see all your site content has been automatically
translated into the language of your choice. Remember, we chose Spanish. Here’s
how the our site displays for site visitors that prefer Spanish:

translated website

You’ll see that everything on your webpage has been
translated. There’s even a Spanish URL, which means your SEO is protected and
the translated version of your website will show up in the right search
results, allowing you to build your global audience.

Step 8: Manage Your Translations

Weglot makes managing your site translations easy. After
all, automatic translations are bound to turn up a few errors here and there.
If you discover an error, you can manually edit it in your Weglot account.

Log into your Weglot account to get an immediate overview of
your site translations: the plan you’re using, the total amount of words
translated so far, the percentage of human translations, and the number of languages
your site is translated into.

weglot dashboard overview

You can edit your translations in two ways:

  • Visual Editor: visually click on elements on your site and edit them right there.
  • Translations List: edit the searchable .po file.

The Visual Editor

The Visual Editor has a simple interface and allows for easy
editing of site translations. Click on Start

visual editor

You’ll see at the bottom of the screen the URL for website
you are wanting edit. Make sure you are on the right webpage to make things
easier on yourself.

website url

Once on the webpage you want to view and edit, click the
text that you want to edit, make the change in the modal popup, and save your

visual editor edit

These changes will automatically appear on the frontend of
your website.

List of Translations

If you prefer to use the list of translations, click on Translations List and scroll through or
search for a specific line of text you want to edit.

translations list

Several filters make finding translations easier:

  • Language pairing
  • Translation quality (machine, human, professional)
  • Content type
  • Creation date
  • Last seen date

To make an edit, click on the line of text you want to
change and correct the translation.

translations list manual edit

Your changes will save automatically and be pushed to your live
site for everyone to see.

You can also select the checkbox next to the line of text, click
on the three small dots on the right hand side, and choose from Add to
Professional Order, Information, Version History, or Suggestions.

translations list edit

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! You now know how to translate
WordPress using Weglot.

Translating your site’s content may seem impossible,
especially if you only know one language. Luckily, with the automatic machine
translations Weglot provides, reaching an international audience is easier than

If you run a resort or hotel in a local hotspot that tourists love to visit, make sure to translate your site’s content so everyone can book a reservation, no matter what language they speak. And be sure to check out our roundup of the top hotel and resort WordPress themes in the market.

If you want to see other translation options that are available beyond Weglot, we have a list of the best WordPress translation plugins so you can choose which solution works best for your needs.

Have you ever
translated WordPress using the Weglot translation plugin? Is there another
solution you prefer? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below!

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