Top 10 WordPress Multilanguage Plugins

Top 10 WordPress Multilanguage Plugins

Nowadays, offering your site only in English is considered by many experts as a big no-no, especially if you’re targeting not just the countries speaking this language. Sure, you can say that English is one of the most popular languages across the world and any Internet user should be able to understand it, but hey, why not offer a top notch user experience by providing multiple versions of your website, depending on the location of the visitors or their preferences?

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways through which this can be done! And if you have a WordPress-based website, it’s just a matter of minutes to translate your whole site. Wondering what’s the magic solution? If your answer was “a plugin”, you’ve just won…well, we’ll figure out the prize later.

For the moment, we’re going to talk a bit about the best WordPress multilanguage plugins, perfect for translating your site and giving you the opportunity to offer a top notch user experience for each of your visitors!

#1 Loco Translate

loco translate

First in our list comes multilanguage plugin with a name we really like. Seriously, we have a thing for the word ‘loco’!

It’s a great tool for any WordPress blog, providing in-browse editing of all translation files, as well as localization tools for develops, like generating templates or extracting strings. But hey, we’re not even done, since the feature list doesn’t end here!

With Loco Translate, you can create and update language files directly in the theme or plugin, not to mention that it includes support for PO feature, including comments, references and plural forms.

Finally, we should mention that the plugin includes a lot of keyboard shortcuts, which come in handy all the time, and, according to the developers, more and more features are expected to be added in the near future!

PROs CONs
Excellent for developers Issues can be caused after uninstalling
Very accurate translations Updates can come a bit late sometimes
Easy to use

#2 Polylang

polylang

Looking forward to creating a multilingual WordPress site? This is where Polylang comes in, offering you the option to translate a post as soon as it’s ready. It allows you to use as many languages as you want, as the language packs are automatically downloaded and updated.

As this is not everything, since the plugin can automatically copy categories, post tags and metas, as soon as you add a new post or page translation. And in order to make using the plugin way easier, you can use a customizable language switcher, provided as a widget.

The plugin supports a great addon, Lingotek Translation, an automatic, professional translation service, offering a complete translation management system, providing translation memory or semi-automated translation processes.

PROs CONs
Provides proofreading Updates cause issues sometimes
Very fast plugin Some users reported URL changes
Relatively easy to use Some users complain about messing all pages of their websites

#3 qTranslate X

qtranslate-x

Offering a way to maintain dynamic multilingual content on your website, qTranslate X is one of the best options when it comes to giving visitors the chance to read the content on your website in their native language.

The plugin provides language switching buttons on admin editing pages. Basically, once you press them, all the text in the multilingual fields will be filled with the chosen language. Also, a feature that we really like is that the plugin comes with a way to designate which fields in your posts are multilingual, being distinguishably highlighted on the admin side.

Overall, it’s one of the multilanguage plugins we’d totally recommend, due to its impressively big list of features, including SEO-related stuff, great for when you’re optimizing for specific languages.

PROs CONs
Very easy to use Support doesn’t exist
Free A bit difficult to uninstall
Simple interface Can create conflicts with Yoast

#4 Translate WordPress with GTranslate

gtranslate

Even though it’s not perfectly accurate, Google Translate is definitely the most popular translating service in the world and this plugin makes great use of it. Simply put, it uses Google’s service to translate your WordPress site and make it multilingual.

With 103 available languages, your site will reach more than 99% of internet users, which is a great chance of improving your overall user experience, not to mention the other advantages it brings.

The plugin comes with a pretty big of additional features, including Google Analytics integration, translations for posts, pages, categories, menus or even plugins, as well as a really nice floating language selector, which your visitors will definitely appreciate. Oh, and if you’re running a WooCommerce-based website, it can also translate the whole shop!

PROs CONs
Works flawlessly Some users complained about bugs
Top support A bit too simple for advanced users
Easy to install and use

#5 Yoast SEO & qTranslate-X

To be more specific, this is actually an integration, enabling qTranslate-X’s multilingual framework for the already famous Yoast SEO plugin. Otherwise, there’s nothing much to say about this, since we’re already covered Yoast’s magical powers in our list with the best SEO plugins, while qTranslate-X is presented above.

PROs CONs
Works great with Yoast Currently a work in progress
Free There are quite a few known issues
Open source software

#6 WPBakery Visual Compose & qTranslate-X

But wait, we’re not done with qTranslate-X, since we have another integration in our top, enabling its multilingual framework for WPBaker Visual Composer.

Currently, the plugin is just a work in progress, so don’t be surprised if you’re experiencing some issues. However, the developers promising that everything can be fixed, so feel free to contact them if you notice something that’s not working properly!

PROs CONs
Relatively easy to use Can create conflicts with some plugins
Updates are released pretty often It’s a work in progress, so it was issues
Doesn’t work properly sometimes

#7 WPML Widgets

wpml widgets

If you want a simple and really useful extension, enabling you to add a language selector dropdown to your widgets, you can stop searching, since we have the perfect solution for you!

WPML Widgets is the easiest way to add a multilingual widget to your WordPress website, since it’s an ultra lightweight plugin, which won’t affect your site’s overall loading time at all. And the design is really nice, by the way!

PROs CONs
Simple to use Advanced users might find issues
Easy to understand how it works
Zero added loading time

#8 Genesis Translations

genesis translations

Ok, after a few integrations and a widget, it’s time for a serious Multilanguage plugin to make it to our lists! Genesis Translations translates the Genesis Framework into one of the languages you can choose from. Simply put, everything you need to do is install it and let it work its magic!

Webmasters can check the status of the translations by checking out http://translate.studiopress.com, while languages can be improved, by offering suggestions. Also, if you like to see a specific language added, everything you need to do is to contact the developers, which will get everything sorted quickly.

PROs CONs
Translations are accurate Not all languages are translated properly
Quick answers from developers
Top support

#9 ACF qTranslate

Providing qTranslate-X compatible ACF4 and ACF5PRO field types for Text, Text Area, WYSIWYG, Image and File, this is yet another multilingual plugin for WordPress preferred by a constantly increasing number of users lately.

Wondering how it works? Well, when you add a field to a field group, these new field types will automatically be listed under the qTranslate category, in the Field Type dropdown menu. Simple as that!

Besides this, the standard Text, Text Area and WYSIWYG field types can easily be enabled for translation using ACF qTranslate, so you have another reason to at least test it!

PROs CONs
Works very well for most users A bit difficult to use by beginners
Free Some users reported that it doesn’t works
Easy to use interface

#10 Qtranslate Slug

qtranslate slug

Finally, the latest entry in our list with some of the best multilingual plugins for WordPress is Qtranslate Slug. However, it’s not a standalone plugin, but an addon to QTranslate, offering support for permalinks translations.

This is an essential addition for those who put a big emphasis on local optimization, since it can accurately translate all your links, improving the user experience and definitely attracting more visitors, giving your website a plus of trust!

A big plus is given by the fact that the plugin is constantly updated, the developer struggling to fix any security issues as quick as possible, besides implementing new features, considering users’ suggestions.

PROs CONs
Great for local SEO Can affect your permalinks
Works perfect for the majority of users A bit difficult to use for beginners
Constantly updated

 

And this pretty much wraps it up, ladies and gentlemen! These are the best WordPress Multilanguage plugins you can currently download, at least in our book. Any first thoughts about our selection? Also, do you know any other examples which should be present on a list like this? Let us know what you think, by leaving a few lines in the comments section below!

Actives Reviews Unique Features Pricing Range
 

Loco Translate

 

400,000+  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ · Great plugin for developers

· Translations are very accurate

· The plugin is very easy to use

Free
 

Polylang

 

200,000+  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ · Proofreading integrated into the plugin

· Very fast

· Easy to use, perfect for beginners

Free –

€99/site

 

qTranslate X

 

100,000+  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ · Easy to use

· Free

· Simple to operate interface

Free (permanent users must make donations)

 

Translate WordPress with GTranslate

 

60,000+  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ · One of the most popular plugins, works perfectly

· Top support is provided

· Very easy to install

Free – $29.99/month

Yoast SEO & qTranslate-X

30,000+  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

· Perfect integration with Yoast

· Free of charge

· The software is open source

Free

 

WPBakery Visual Compose & qTranslate-X

 

30,000+  ⭐⭐⭐ · Relatively easy to use

· Developers release update pretty often

Free

 

WPML Widgets

 

30,000+  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ · Loading time is basically zeo

· Very easy to understand how it works

· A simple to use plugin

Free

 

Genesis Translations

 

20,000+  ⭐⭐⭐⭐ · Translations are very accurate

· Developers answer very fast to all issues

· Top support is provided

Free

 

ACF qTranslate

 

20,000+

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ · No issues at all

· UI is very easy to use

· Free of charge

Free

 

QTranslate Slug

 

20,000+

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ · Offers great tools for local SEO

· Works great for most users

· Developers are constantly updating it

Free

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