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How to Easily Translate Your WordPress with TranslatePress

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Do you want to translate your website into another language?

By default, WordPress does not offer an easy way to manage multilingual content. However, you can easily translate your WordPress website by using plugins.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily translate your WordPress website with TranslatePress.

How to translate your WordPress with TranslatePress

Why Use TranslatePress for Translating a WordPress Website?

The best part about WordPress is that it can be used in any language. Most WordPress themes and plugins can also be used and translated into any language as well.

If your business website has a multilingual audience, then it can be super beneficial to translate your content.

You can rely on machine translations like Google Translate, but these translations are not good and sometimes can be quite misleading.

On the other hand, if you’re using a multilingual WordPress plugin, then you need to create multiple posts which require switching back and forth between different languages.

With the TranslatePress plugin, you can translate your website and content using a live editor and won’t need to create multiple posts for the same content.

You can instantly switch languages from the live editor and can also translate themes and plugins using TranslatePress.

Having said that, let’s see how you can easily translate your WordPress website with TranslatePress.

Step 1: Install TranslatePress in WordPress

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the TranslatePress plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, head over to the Settings » TranslatePress page from the WordPress admin dashboard to configure your plugin settings.

From here, you need to switch to the ‘General’ tab.

Now, you first need to choose the default language of your website from the dropdown menu beside the ‘Default Language’ option.

This is the language your WordPress is already downloaded in.

Choose a default language in TranslatePress

After that, you need to choose the language that you want to translate your site into.

Simply head over to the ‘All Languages’ section, and choose a language you want to translate your website into from the dropdown menu below the ‘Language’ option.

After that, you need to click the ‘Add’ button.

Choose a translation language

Now scroll down to the ‘Native Language Name’ setting on the page.

Here, you need to select whether you want to display language names in their own language or in English. You can choose ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ accordingly.

The next option is to choose if you want to display the default language name in the URL as a subdirectory. For example,

We recommend leaving this setting as it is because it is better for search engine optimization.

After that, head over to the ‘Force language in custom links’ setting.

The default option for it is ‘Yes’ which will allow the plugin to change custom links for translated languages, making the URLs more SEO-friendly.

Configure other General settings

In the next option, you can choose if you want to use Google Translate for automatic translations.

The default choice is ‘No’, but you can change that if you would like to use Google Translate.

All you would need to do is provide a Google Translate API key in the next option. You will find a link under the option which will show you instructions on how to get one.

Provide Google Translate API if you want to activate it

Finally, you will come to the options on how you want to display the language switcher on your website. TranslatePress provides you with three choices.

You can use a shortcode, add a switcher to your navigation menu, or display a floating menu. We will show you how to add the language switcher to your website later in this article.

Now, simply go ahead and click on the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

Step 2: Translating Your Website Content

To translate your website, you can either click the ‘Translate Site’ tab on the plugin’s settings page or the ‘Translate Site’ button in your WordPress admin bar.

This will open the live translation editor in a new browser tab.

Click Translate Site button

Now, you need to simply click the blue translate icon present next to any text on your website that you want to translate.

After that, TranslatePress will automatically load the chosen text in the left column of the translation editor.

Translate website

Once the text is loaded in the column, simply add its transition in the box below and then click the ‘Save Translation’ button at the top to store your changes.

This way, you can translate all the content on any page of your site including navigation menus, buttons, sidebar, widgets, meta-text, and more.

With TranslatePress, you can also instantly start translating any page or post on your site when logged in.

All you would need to do is click on the ‘Translate Page’ button on the top to open up the live editor.

Directly translate page

Another benefit of this plugin is that you only need to translate a specific string once.

Once you have translated a string, the plugin will automatically translate it for you in other places.

Step 3: Adding Language Switcher to Your Website

After translating your site, you will need to add a language switcher to your website.

A language switcher allows users to select a language when they visit your website. It usually displays the flag of each country to indicate languages available on your site.

TranslatePress allows you to add a language switcher by using a shortcode, as a navigation menu item, or as a floating banner.

The language switcher can be displayed as flags, language names, or both.

Adding language switcher in WordPress using shortcode

If you want to add a language switcher in WordPress using shortcode, then head over to the Settings » TranslatePress page from the admin dashboard.

Once you’re on the ‘Settings’ page, scroll down on the ‘General’ tab and then copy the [language-switcher] shortcode in the ‘Language Switcher’ section.

Copy shortcode for the language switcher

You can now paste this shortcode on any page, post, or sidebar widget where you want to display the language switcher.

This is how the language switcher looked on our demo site.

Shortcode language switcher

Adding a language switcher to your WordPress navigation menu

If you want to add a language switcher as a navigation menu item, then go to the Appearance » Menus page from the dashboard.

Note: If you are using a block-based theme with a full site editor, then this method won’t work for you.

From here, you need to click on the ‘Language Switcher’ tab in the ‘Add Menu Items’ section on the left corner of the screen.

Once the tab expands, simply check the languages that you want to display in the language switcher.

After that, click the ‘Add Menu’ button to add the language switcher as a menu item.

Add language switcher in navigation menu

Finally, don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Menu’ button to store your changes.

You will now see a language switcher added to your WordPress navigation menu.

This is how it looked on our test site.

Language switcher added in nav menu

Adding a floating language switcher

If you want to add a floating language switcher, then you simply need to head over to the Settings » TranslatePress page from the admin dashboard.

First, you need to scroll down to the ‘Language Switcher’ section in the ‘General’ tab.

From here, make sure to check the box next to the ‘Floating language selection’ option.

You can also switch the position of the floating language switcher from the dropdown menu on the right corner of the screen.

Add a floating language switcher

After that, don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

You can now visit your website to see the floating language switcher at the bottom of every page on your website.

Add floating switcher

We hope this article helped you learn how to translate your WordPress site with TranslatePress. You may also want to see our article on how to create a multilingual sitemap in WordPress and our list of the best WordPress plugins for business websites.

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    • WPBeginner Support says

      The plugin is not for translating videos at the moment it is for your site’s written content.


  2. Thong Shi Ying says

    I am facing a problem is when I clicking to other page, the language will different. How to set when I clicking to other page, the page also remain the same language?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For that, you may want to look into a multilingual plugin, if you reach out to TranslatePress they can let you know if the option to keep the selected language is currently available at the moment.


  3. Lucie Frankova says

    Hello Guys,

    I would like to thank you for an amazing article, it is very useful.

    I just translated whole webpage into English and added the language switcher.
    When being logged in as an admin, I am seeing all perfectly (english version, language switchers..
    But if another person looks at the webpage the langugae options are not visible at all. Did I do something wrong? Is there any other step I am missing?

    Thank you for your help in advance.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For the most common fix, you would want to ensure you clear any and all caching on your site


  4. Hugo says

    If I have an image with a bit of text on it, can I change it to a French version if I’m creating a French page? Since the text is not editable in the photo, I’d have to create a new French version of the photo.

    I didn’t see any comments on an option of converting images with translate press.

    Thanks in advance.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to reach out to TranslatePress for their current tools and options available and they would be able to assist.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to check with the plugin’s support for questions like these, for the moment you should be able to update page titles with the plugin.


  5. Jose Aguirre says

    Hi, i need to force a second language (not default language) in my site, how can do that ?

  6. ANASTASIA says

    What happens if I switch after a while to another translate plugin? would it leave traces, broken URL …?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on how the urls are structured in each plugin, if you check with the plugin’s support they should be able to let you know if you can recreate the urls you had before.


  7. ANASTASIA says


    If I use automatic translater can I still edit manually my post before publishing?


  8. Hassan says

    I want to translate a website (originally written in Arabic) to English and i have all pages available in the website in English but i do not know how to link the Arabic page to the same page in English

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you’re using TranslatePress you would add the text using the translate site button and going to the page you want translated.


  9. Ajay Kumar says

    I didn’t understand one thing is that we have to manually translate each and every word? is that the plugin going to work? if I want to translate into Marathi then I have to write each and every word in Marathi? am I right? then what’s the use of this plugin if we only gives the translations>

    • WPBeginner Support says

      The plugin does have the option to use Google Translate, the only issue with that is not all automatic translations work well. That is why it allows you to manually edit the content on your site.


      • Ajay Kumar says

        so, this only allows you to translate manually, there is no automatic translation, am right?

        • WPBeginner Support says

          The plugin has the option to use automatic translation deals with Google translate

  10. Al Sch says


    Question – if I write a new post (in english, the original website language), will the post also appear in english on all the other websites in different languages?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on if you’re auto-translating or not, by default you would need to translate the post as otherwise it would appear as your default language on the page for other languages


      • Al Sch says

        I would be translating things myself, but yeah it makes sense, thanks! I just wasn’t sure whether any edits, additions, etc on the english version automatically appear on the other versions.

  11. Ivan says

    I recommnd to use google translate to translate site becouse the quality of translation is 4 times better! I use my scripts for it.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thanks for your input, the plugin has the option to use the Google translate API so users do not need to manually visit the translate page of Google to get those translations.


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