9 Best WordPress Translation Plugins for Multilingual Websites

WordPress is used by millions of non-English websites around the world. You can use WordPress to create a website in any language that you want.

However, WordPress does not come with the built-in capability to create a multilingual websites. Luckily, there are some powerful WordPress translation plugins that allow you to easily add multilingual content to your site.

In this article, we will show you the best WordPress translation plugins that you can use to create multilingual websites. We will take a look at their features, pros and cons, to help you pick the best option for your website.

WordPress translation plugins for multilingual websites

Choosing a Translation Plugin to Create Multilingual WordPress Websites

Most beginners don’t know that you can install WordPress in your own language and use it to make websites in any language.

With the help of plugins, you can create bilingual or multilingual websites. You can even allow your users to translate content using Google Translate.

While there are many translation plugins available for WordPress, they can be characterized in two main categories.

  • WordPress multilingual plugins
  • Automated WordPress translation plugins

The multilingual plugins allow you to manually add multilingual content to your website. The main benefit of these plugins is the quality of your translations will be significantly better than any machine-generated online translation tools.

The second type of WordPress translation plugins are the ones that use online translation services to translate your content. These plugins don’t require you to write content in multiple languages, but the quality of translations is not as good as it can be.

That being said, let’s look at the best WordPress multilingual plugins and automated translation plugins.

Best WordPress Multilingual Plugins

Unlike automated WordPress translation plugins, these multilingual plugins allow you to manually translate every aspect of your website including content, theme, plugins, and more.

Following are our top picks for the best WordPress multilingual plugins to easily translate your entire website.

1. TranslatePress

TranslatePress

TranslatePress is a full-fledged WordPress multilingual plugin to translate every aspect of your website. The main feature of TranslatePress is that it allows you to translate directly from the front-end.

You can easily switch languages during the translation, and the live preview will change instantly. Another benefit of this approach is that you can translate content, theme, plugins, and even meta-data without changing the interface.

TranslatePress is perfect for manual translations. You can translate yourself or assign the custom translator user role to any user on your site. These users will be able to translate content without access to the admin area.

If manual translations sound like a lot of work, then you can also use Google Translate for machine translations. This approach allows you to use AI-powered translations with manual corrections.

The plugin creates SEO friendly URLs for all languages, which gives you a boost in local SEO results.

To learn more, see our guide on how to easily translate WordPress with TranslatePress.

Pricing: Starting from €79 for personal license.

2. WPML

WPML

WPML is one of the most popular WordPress multilingual plugin. It comes with a powerful translation management system that allows you to translate content, themes, plugins, and more.

WPML comes in Multilingual blog and Multilingual CMS licensing plans. You’ll need the multilingual CMS plan for eCommerce, page builder support, custom fields, managing translation teams, and some other features.

It comes with an easy to use interface to add translations and manage multilingual content across your website. WPML supports all post types, taxonomies, custom fields, and strings generated by your WordPress themes and plugins.

It also allows you to connect your website to third-party translation service providers. You can select which content needs to be translated and get it submitted directly to your website.

For detailed instructions, see our step by step guide on how to create a multilingual WordPress site with WPML.

Pricing: $29 for Multilingual Blog version and $79 for Multilingual CMS.

3. Polylang

Polylang

Polylang is another powerful plugin to easily create a multilingual or bilingual WordPress site. It comes with a simple interface to easily add translations for your posts, pages, custom post types, widgets, and more.

Polylang does not come with support to translate your WordPress theme and plugins. The default plugin doesn’t include eCommerce support, so you will need to purchase a paid addon for that.

It allows you to setup SEO friendly URLs for each language, and it works well with popular WordPress SEO plugins. For language selection, you can add the language switcher to your website using a sidebar widget.

For more details, see our tutorial on how to create a multilingual WordPress site with Polylang.

Pricing: The base plugin is free. You can get Pro version for €99 with a single site license.

4. Weglot

Weglot

Weglot is a cloud-based website translation platform. It works with WordPress, Shopify, BigCommerce, and more.

During the setup, you will need to enter Weglot API to connect your WordPress site to their platform. After that, you will choose your preferred language, site language, and the languages you want to add.

You will have to use Weglot’s website to translate all your content, manage translations, and push them to your live website.

Other notable features include SEO friendly URL support, WooCommerce support, language switcher button, third-party translation services, and more.

Weglot uses a monthly pricing structure based on the number of languages and translated words. This may make it more expensive for you than some other multilingual WordPress plugins which come with a fixed yearly license.

Pricing: Starting from €8.25 / month for 1 language and 10,000 Words. Their popular PRO plan supports unlimited languages and 200,000 words for €41 per month.

5. MultilingualPress

MultilingualPress

MultilingualPress takes a slightly different approach to create multilingual websites with WordPress. Instead of running on a normal WordPress install, it uses the built-in WordPress multisite network for each language.

This allows the plugin to efficiently manage content for each language while improving performance by loading one language at a time. It comes with an easy interface to manage your translations from a single dashboard.

It supports posts, pages, custom post types, taxonomies, and more. Due to its architecture, each language can be on its own subdomain, directory, or even a custom domain name.

Pricing: Starting from $199 / year for a single multisite license.

Best WordPress Translation Plugins

These plugins allow you to translate your website using automated translation services or by manually providing translations for some parts of your website.

6. Translate WordPress with GTranslate

Translate WordPress with Gtranslate

Translate WordPress with GTranslate is a Google Translation plugin for WordPress. It automatically connects to Google translate API and can fetch translations for any supported languages.

It allows you to add a language switcher to easily translate your web pages, or you can automatically translate content based on user’s browser language.

The plugin offers a paid version as well which allows you to choose SEO friendly URLs and let search engines index your translated content (more on this later in the article).

7. Transposh WordPress Translation

Transposh

Transposh combines automated machine translations with manual human translations. You can also allow your website visitors to contribute translations with an easy to use in-context interface.

The plugin allows you to hire professional translation services to submit translations. Transposh’s automated translation feature supports Google, Bing, Yandex, and Apertium translation services.

8. Google Website Translator

Google Website Translator

Google Website Translator plugin allows you to use Google Translate API to translate your website content. It uses the default Google translate button which you can display anywhere on your website.

You can select the languages you want to show in the language switcher, which can be displayed using the sidebar widget or an inline shortcode.

The shortcode feature allows you to offer machine translations for specific pages as needed. The translated page will be visible to users when they select the language or the plugin detects it via their browser settings.

9. Loco Translate

Loco Translate

Loco Translate is slightly different than other translation plugins in the list. It basically allows you to translate WordPress themes and plugins.

If your WordPress theme or plugin is translation-ready, then you can use Loco Translate to translate it inside the WordPress dashboard. It uses a simple user interface similar to popular translation tools with one column for original strings and the other for translation.

For more details, see our guide on how to translate a WordPress plugin.

Our Pick of the Best WordPress Multilingual Plugin

If you are looking for a multilingual WordPress plugin to manually translate content on your website, then we recommend using TranslatePress.

It is extremely beginner friendly and quite easy to use even for users with no experience of running multilingual websites. It is optimized for SEO and performance, two features that would benefit your business in the long run.

For automatic WordPress translations, we recommend using Translate WordPress with Gtranslate plugin. It is easy to use and even the free version is quite good for automtic translations.

Should I allow search engines to index automated machine translations?

Some translation plugins allow you to make automatic translations available for search engines to index.

These machine translations are not very good. They can be odd and even misleading at times. Allowing search engines to index this low-quality content is a bad idea. Google can identify such content and will consider it as spam which would damage your website’s search rankings.

However for manual site translations, yes you should definitely let Google index your translated versions, so you can rank higher in local SEO.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress translation plugins for your multilingual website. You may also want to see our practical tips on how to increase your website traffic.

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How to Add and Align Images in WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg)

Images bring life to your WordPress posts and pages by making them more engaging. However, many beginners struggle with aligning images just the way they like.

The new WordPress block editor (Gutenberg) solves this problem by making it easier to add and align images in WordPress.

In this article, we will show you how you can easily add and align images in the WordPress to create beautiful content layouts.

Adding and properly aligning images in WordPress

Image Alignment in WordPress Editor

Previously, WordPress used a text area with editing buttons as its default editor. One particular issue in the old editor was image alignment.

Even though there were options to align images left, right, or center, they didn’t always look good. Sometimes images didn’t align, were not the exact size, or just looked odd.

WordPress 5.0 introduced a new WordPress post editor called the Gutenberg block editor. It fixed several problems with the old editor including the image alignment issues.

Let’s take a look at how you can easily add and align images in the new editor to create beautiful layouts for your posts and pages.

Add and Align Images in WordPress

The new editor comes with the following blocks that you can use to add images into your WordPress posts and pages.

  • Image
  • Inline Image
  • Gallery
  • Media & Text
  • Cover

Let’s start with a simple image block first.

Click on the ‘Add new block’ button or type /image in the post editor to insert an image block.

Adding a new image block in WordPress post editor

You will see three buttons inside the blank image block.

You can upload an image from your computer, select an already uploaded image from the media library, or insert an image by providing the image file URL.

Next, click on the ‘Upload’ button and then select the image you want to upload from your computer.

As soon as you select the image, WordPress will upload it to your media library and insert it into the image block.

Image options in WordPress post editor

Now, you will notice a toolbar on top of your image and some image block settings in the right column. To align your image, you’ll be using the toolbar that appears on top of the image.

Image alignment buttons in WordPress post editor

The image block gives you the following image alignment options as buttons in the toolbar.

  • Align left
  • Align Center
  • Align Right
  • Wide Width
  • Full Width

If your image is smaller in width, then aligning it to the left or right will bring up text next to the image. Aligning it to the center will display the image on its own row with no text on either side.

Center align an image in WordPress

Choosing the wide width option will make your image wider than the text area, and the full-width option will push it to the right and left edges of the browser screen.

Making an image full-width in WordPress

How to Perfectly Align an Image Next to Text

A lot of times you may need to perfectly align an image next to some text. WordPress block editor makes this easy by adding the Media & Text block.

This block basically adds a two-column area. One column for images (media) and the second column for text content.

Media and text block in WordPress post editor

Simply upload your image and then add the text you want to display next to it.

Image and text block settings

After adding the image and text, you will notice more options for the block. You can make the whole block wider or full-width, you can also switch the image and text sides.

The image’s alignment will automatically adjust to the height of the text in the next column.

Image size adjusts to align vertically

How to Align Gallery Images in WordPress

WordPress post editor also comes with a block to add image galleries. This allows you to easily display images in a grid of rows and columns.

The Gallery block comes with similar alignment options in the toolbar.

You can make the entire gallery block align to the left, center, or right. You can also make it wide or change it to a full-width row.

Align gallery images in WordPress post editor

The default gallery feature in WordPress is quite good. However, if you regularly add photo galleries to your WordPress posts and pages, then consider using a photo gallery plugin like Envira Gallery.

These plugins will give you more options to align images in your photo galleries, display them in the popup, and style them differently.

How to Add Two Images Side by Side in WordPress

The easiest way to display two images side by side in a WordPress post is by adding both images in a Gallery block.

Display two images side by side in WordPress posts and pages

Simply select a 2-column layout for the gallery block to display both images next to each other. You can also check the ‘crop thumbnail’ option to make sure that both images are of the same size.

More Ways to Add and Align Images in WordPress

Apart from the image, media and text, and the gallery block, you can also use the Cover block to add a cover image.

In modern web design, cover images are used to create highly engaging content layouts. These images are used for highlighting different sections of a page.

The cover image block comes with the same alignment options as an image block. You can add text over the image and choose an overlay color from the block settings. The best part is that you can check the ‘Fixed Background’ option which creates a parallax background effect.

Adding cover image in WordPress post

To learn more about using cover images, check out our article on the difference between featured images and cover image in WordPress.

So far we have talked about adding images directly to your posts and pages. What about images from third-party sites?

The block editor makes this easy as well. It comes with embed blocks for popular social sharing sites including Instagram, Flickr, Imgur, Photobucket, and more.

For example, if you want to add an Instagram photo, then simply add the Instagram block to the post editor and enter the URL of the post you wanted to share.

Adding Instagram images in WordPress posts and pages

WordPress will automatically fetch the Instagram post and embed it for you. After that, you will be able to use the alignment options in the toolbar.

Instagram embed in WordPress

Embed blocks also allow you to easily embed videos in WordPress. After that, you can use the same options in the toolbar to align videos in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily add and align images in the WordPress block editor. You may also want to see our guide on how to optimize images to speed up WordPress.

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How to Add GIFs from Giphy in WordPress Using Giphypress



Do you want to easily add animated GIFs in your WordPress site? Giphy makes it easy to find the GIF of your choice and share it on the web how you would like. In this video we will show you an easy way to to add animated GIFs from Giphy in WordPress using Giphypress.

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Summary of this tutorial:

Start by installing and activating the Giphypress plugin.

Once activated, on a post or page there will be a new button called Giphy GIF Search.

clicking the button will bring up a popup where you will be able to search and select the GIF of your choice for the post or page.

Giphypress will now embed the GIF in an iframe and you will be able to save and update your posts with the GIF.