How To Add Google Translate To WordPress

In my post, I show you how to add Google translate to your WordPress website, step by step. Google translate is free to use. It is easy to install and configure. You can add it to your WordPress blog in minutes.

To add Google translate to WordPress. Install the Google language translator plugin. Then, configure languages. Finally, display Google language translator on your website.

Let us do that step by step.

Step One – Install The Google Translate Plugin

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

Go to ‘Plugins’ on your WordPress admin menu, and select ‘Add New’ from the popup.

Add new plugin

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

Search for Google language translator

Find ‘Translate WordPress – Google Language Translator’ and select ‘Install Now.’

Install now

Then, select ‘Activate’.


Once activated, a Google language translator option appears under ‘Settings’ on your WordPress admin menu.

Google language translator

Step Two – Configure Google Translate

Go to ‘Settings’ on your admin menu, and 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, there is a preview.

Plugin review

Small flags represent the activated languages. Drag and drop the flags to change their position.

Under ‘Preview,’ there is ‘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 the translator widget.

Language switcher settings

The Google language translator tool has a floating widget option. A preview of the floating widget is at the bottom of your screen. You can make changes.

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

Floating widget settings

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

Save changes

The next step, display Google translate on your WordPress website.

Step Three – Add Google Translate To WordPress

How To Add Google Translate To Your Sidebar

Go ‘Appearance’ on your WordPress admin menu, and select ‘Widgets’ from the popup.

Select widgets

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

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

Go to ‘Settings’ on 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

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 A WordPress Menu

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

Next, go to ‘Appearance’ on your WordPress admin, and 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.

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’. Tick the ‘Description’ box.

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 on 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

There is an option in your menu to translate your blog content.

Google translate in your main menu

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

Google translate working on your WordPress blog

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Google language translator is an excellent free tool. The translations are not perfect, but they help visitors understand your blog content.

Configuration is easy and takes just a few minutes.

On your website, have the Google language translator on the sidebar, within blog post content, or on your menu.

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

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