In this tutorial we will be covering how to add Google Translate on WordPress (in less than 4 minutes).
For those of you who maybe don’t know already, Google Translate will allow our visitors to INSTANTLY translate our entire website or blog into 81 different languages (including English).
All they need to do is click an option in our sidebar!
- This will only work on self-hosted WordPress sites.
- We can add the Google Translate option to ANY widget area.
If you would prefer written instructions (including images), you can find them below.
How To Add Google Translate on WordPress
The first thing we need to do is install the free plugin we will be using called “Google Language Translator”. Just make sure you are logged into your site and we can begin.
1. From the Dashboard, on the left-hand side, click “Plugins”.
2. Then under that, click “Add New”.
3. Now just type the words “Google Language Translator” into the search bar in the top-right, and then hit return on your keyboard to search.
4. Once you find the right one (see image below), you can click where it says “Install Now” and once it’s installed – click “Activate Plugin”.
Setting up the “Google Language Translator” Plugin
Once we have installed and activated the plugin, we can change the settings and get everything the way we want it.
1. From the dashboard, click “Settings” in the left-hand menu, then below that click “Google Language Translator”.
2. Now you just want to make sure the first box is “checked” – beside where it says “Check this box to activate”. Doing this will enable the plugin to show up on your site.
3. Then underneath that, you just want to choose the “Original Language” of your site and also if you want to show “All Languages” or just “Specific Languages”.
4. Now choose if you want flag images to show up or not, and if you do, just check the box beside each flag you want to show.
5. There are a few different options as well, but these are the main ones we need to set (the rest are up to you). Now we can just scroll to the bottom and click “Save Changes”.
Worth Noting: You can only show flag images if you selected “All Languages” in step 3.
Adding Google Translate Option to our Sidebar
Now that we have everything set up, we just need to head over to our widget areas to add the translate plugin to the front-end of our site.
1. To do this, from the dashboard on the left-hand side – click “Appearance”.
2. Then below that, click “Widgets”.
3. Now you just want to click and drag the new “Google Language Translator” widget into place. You can add the widget to any widget area you like.
4. Once done, you can change the ‘Widget Title’ if you wish (or delete it) and click “Save”.
Now when you visit your site, you will see the option to change the language appears as a drop-down menu in your sidebar (or other widget area).
I hope you have found this tutorial helpful, and if you have – please feel free to check out our other tutorials here.
Until Next Time,