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Global Translator is a Free WordPress Translation Plugin. As the name suggests, it translates your site into other languages!

You can see I now have it installed in my sidebar and although I am displaying only six languages (including my own :grin: ), there are several others available depending on whether you use the Google Translation Service:

Italian
German
Spanish
French
Portuguese
Japanese
Korean
Chinese
Arabic
Russian

Or Alta Vista’s Bablefish:

Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
Dutch
French
German
Greek
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

A neat trick with this plug in is that it will cache translated pages to speed up page load times. I did have a slight problem with this plug in as the use of Bablefish causes my template to collapse. I have not bothered to investigate why this is, I just switched over to the Google Translation Service and everything was fine.

Its fun to see your pages translated into other languages and wonder what they could possibly mean :wink: and I will be interested to see if I receive more visitors from Europe.

Unfortunately I know these translators are not particularly effective, and am not overly confident that the site will make complete sense to non English readers, but that wont stop Google indexing the pages :twisted:

I would have liked to include all foreign languages available, but an advertising network I have applied to does not support them, If I get rejected by that network then I will be activating all languages immediately!

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    5 Comments

    Comment by Jon Lee

    This is a great idea! It’s easy to lose sight of how many users out there are NOT english speaking and how much of that market is left untapped.

    This goes on my weekend to do list!

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    Comment by Kassper

    The most important language, besides english, in my opinion, is chinese because of their huge market. The plugin is very useful and I think it could increase your traffic a lot.

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    Comment by Derrich

    I tried translating my blog into French and got a bunch of this:

    (*$&%(#$&% !@)(*#%_! *(&$# !(* @@***!!@*#

    Nevermind. Bad joke. I’m never showing my face in your blog again. :oops:

    :mrgreen:

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    Comment by SiteLogic

    Never mind ;-)

    My pages are starting to index in other languages now and I am getting a couple of google hits from the translations… whether people are happy with what the find I do not know…. I will be in real trouble if I get comments in Chinese!!

     
     
    Comment by Jan

    I personally hate automated translations. About 3-4 months ago I noticed that my “human” translator used Google Translator only. I fired that girl immediately. Now my site contains incorrect translation and I am not proud of it.

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