How to add Google translate to WordPress (1)

In my post, I show you how to add Google translate to WordPress, step by step. If you have visitors to your site from non-English speaking countries, Google translate offers a free tool to translate your content.

You can add Google translate to your WordPress blog in minutes.

To add Google translate to WordPress, first, install the Google language translator plugin. Second, set up Google translate. Finally, display Google language translator on your site.

Let’s do that step by step.

Step one – Install the Google language translator plugin.

First, install the Google translate plugin from the WordPress plugin library.

Hover your mouse over ‘Plugins’ on the main WordPress admin menu, select ‘Add New’ from the popup.

Add new plugin

Next, type ‘Google language translator’ into the search bar.

Search for Google language translator

On the list of results, find ‘Translate WordPress – Google Language Translator’ and select ‘Install Now.’

Install now

After a few seconds, the same link will say ‘Activate’, click the link a second time.


Once activated, you get a Google language translator option under ‘Settings’ in your WordPress admin menu.

Google language translator

Step two – Set up Google translate.

To begin set up, hover your mouse over ‘Settings’ on your main menu, select ‘Google language translator’ from the popup.

Google language translator

The first section is ‘Main settings.’ Tick the box to activate the plugin.

Tick box to activate

Next, select the original language of your blog content. Then, choose the languages you want to be activated.

Select original language

On the top-right, you have a plugin preview.

Plugin review

Small flags represent the languages you activated. You can change the order of the flags.

Under ‘Preview,’ you have ‘Flag settings.’ You can select the size of the flags and the country you want to represent ‘English,’ ‘Spanish,’ and ‘Portuguese’ languages.

Below ‘Main settings,’ is ‘Language Switcher Settings.’ You can adjust how the translator widget looks.

Language switcher settings

The Google language translator tool has a floating widget option. A preview of the floating widget is in the bottom-left of your screen. You can change the look of this widget in this section.

If you don’t want to have a floating widget, untick the ‘Check to allow’ box.

Floating widget settings

Once you have completed set up, click on ‘Save changes’ at the bottom of the page.

Save changes

Next, display Google translate on your WordPress website.

Step three – Display Google translate on WordPress

How to add Google translate to your sidebar

First, hover your mouse over ‘Appearance’ in the WordPress admin menu, and select ‘Widgets’ from the popup.

Select widgets

On the next page, on the right is the sidebar. On the left are widgets you can use in the sidebar.

From the available widgets, search for ‘Google language translator’ and drag it to the sidebar.

Add Google language translator to the sidebar

Once in the sidebar, give the widget a title.

Title the widget

Finally, select ‘Save’ to add Google translate to your website.

Save your changes

Now the widget is live on your site.

Google translate on your site

How to add Google translate to WordPress blog posts

To add Google translate to a blog post, hover your mouse over ‘Settings’ in your WordPress admin menu, and select ‘Google language translator.’

Select Google language translator from the menu

Scroll down the page until you locate ‘Usage.’ Copy the text to the right of ‘For usage in pages/posts/sidebar:’

Copy the text

Next, go to your blog post and paste the copied code where you want Google translate to appear.

Paste the code in to your blog post

Finally, update or publish your post.

Update or publish your blog post

Now Google translate is live on your blog post. If you enabled the floating widget, that appears in the bottom-left.

Google translate on your blog post

How to add Google translate to your main menu

First, select ‘Google language translator’ from the WordPress menu.

Select Google language translator from the menu

Next, scroll down to ‘Usage’ and click on the ‘How to place a single language in your WordPress menu’ link.

Scroll down to usage and click the link

Copy the HTML code.

Copy the HTML code

Close the window and hover your mouse over ‘Appearance’ on your WordPress admin menu, select ‘Menus’ from the popup.

Select menus

From ‘Add menu items,’ select ‘Custom links.’

Select custom links

In the URL box, type the hash (#) symbol, then click on ‘Add to menu.’

In the URL box, type #

In the description box, paste the code from the Google language translator page.

Paste the HTML code in to the description box

If you don’t see a description box, go to the top of your screen and select ‘Screen options.’ Ensure the description box ticked.

Ensure description is ticked

Now you have text in the description box. You can edit this code, ‘Spanish’ tells Google what language to use. ‘Español’ is the label your visitors see in your menu. If you want to change the language, replace ‘Spanish,’ and change the menu label.

For example, to translate your text to German, change ‘Spanish’ to ‘German,’ and change ‘Español’ to ‘Deutsche.’

Once you have made your changes, select ‘Save Menu.’

Save menu

Now you have an option in your main menu to translate your blog content.

Google translate in your main menu

Once translated, there is an option in the browser to return to the original language.

Google translate working on your WordPress blog

Adding Google translate to your site video tutorial


If you have visitors from non-English countries coming to your site, Google language translator in an excellent free tool.

Set up takes a few minutes. You can display the Google language translator in a sidebar, blog posts, or on your main menu. Your visitors can translate your blog content with one click.

If you plan is to make your site multi-lingual, I recommend you hire a translator. Google translate does an excellent job, but there are errors.

For more WordPress tutorials, check out my WordPress category. Or visit my YouTube channel, don’t forget to say hello in the comments.

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