How to use the Google Translate Widget

Overview

The Google Translate Widget permits you to translate your site content automatically to any language that Google Translate supports.

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Using the Google Translate Widget

When you already enabled your Google Translate Widget, site viewers can choose the arrow in “Select Language” menu to see a list of languages which are available for the translation. Choose a language from the list, the site’s content will be translated into that language.

Choose language

After the site is translated, you will see a Google Translate bar at the top of the site to confirm the current language. In here, you should click the arrow that lies next to the language to show the full list of languages to translate the site into a different one. Besides, you can click “Show Original” to back to the site’s original language. Furthermore, languages can also be switched right from the widget, too. Here is the blog in original language - English

Switch language

After being switched to French with the Google Translate Widget.

After switch

Sending your visitors to a specific language version

This is recommended for advanced users. An alternative to the widget uses an automatic translation link to send visitors to a version in which your site is in a particular language. When you append a language code to a URL, the content of your site will be translated automatically to particular language. For instance:

  • ?lang=id will translate you page into Indonesia

  • ?lang=de will translate you page into German

  • ?lang=es will translate you page into Spanish

  • ?lang=fr will translate you page into French

  • ?lang=zh-TW will translate you page into Chinese Taiwanese

In most languages, two-letter lowercase abbreviations of languages works. If you need to find your language’s code choice, you can you list of ISO 639-1 codes. Please remember that some languages will need locales appended to the abbreviation, for example, ?lang=zh-TW for Chinese Taiwanes.