Although the Weglot solution can be implemented on any WordPress theme, I confirm that this plugin is compatible with the Divi theme. Have you noticed the appearance of the two small French-English flags just above 👆 under the title of my articles? A few days ago, I decided to take the plunge and translate my TipsDivi blog so that it would be available in French AND English! It only took me 15 minutes to get the watch in my hand. Yes, yes, it is possible with Weglot.

In this article, I explain in detail the procedure for quickly obtaining a multilingual site. Here is the program:

 

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How to get a multilingual WordPress with Weglot?

The procedure is disconcerting how easy it is! First of all, you should know that Weglot is a solution that can be implemented in a WordPress but also in any other type of CMS/framework such as ShopifyJimdo, Wix, BigCommerce, Drupal, Symfony, Laravel...

Here, we will only use WordPress.

To use Weglot in your WordPress site or blog, you will need to install the Weglot extension and create an account on the official website.

Once this is done, here are the few configuration options that are available to you from the Weglot tab in the administration of your site:

 

1 - Main configuration

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The first of the actions you will need to perform is to connect the plugin with your newly created Weglot account. To do this, simply go to the Weglot tab and enter your API key. You can get it by clicking on the link next to the input field or you can find it in your Weglot account in the Project Settings tab.

Then, you will need to define the original language of your site. On the screenshot above I chose French.

Finally, you will be able to choose the destination language(s). In my case, I chose English (English on the screenshot).

 

2 - Design of the language button

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This configuration is optional but this is where you can:

  • choose to display your languages as a drop-down list,
  • choose to display the flags or only the name of the language in text form,
  • define the design of your flags: rectangles or rounds,
  • define whether you want to display the full language name or only the country code (French or FR),
  • add CSS if necessary.

 

3 - Position of the language button

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In this section, you can define the position of your language buttons. By default, when you activate the Weglot plugin, it automatically displays the language buttons in the lower right corner, in sticky mode. But you can decide otherwise:

  • you can display the flags in the main menu via the Appearance tab > Menu
  • in the sidebar via the Appearance tab > Widgets
  • with a shortcode to implement it where you want
  • or even in the source code of a Divi file.

 

4 - Exclusion of translations

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In this section, you can exclude entire pages or parts of pages so that they are not translated. This may be a willingness on your part either because you don't see any interest in it or because you want to save on word count (yes, the Weglot license is based on the number of words to translate, we will talk about it a little further down in this article...).

In the screenshot above, you can notice that I excluded some whole pages by entering the end of my URLs. But I also excluded all comments thanks to a Divi ID. By entering #comment-wrap Weglot does not translate any comments to me, so I save hundreds or even thousands of words...

 

5 - Other options

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In this last section, you will find 3 very interesting options such as allowing the user to be redirected in his language depending on the configuration of his browser and your available languages or the translation of your AMP pages.

 

How much does it cost?

And yes, let's come to the question "money"... Weglot is indeed not "given" and that was really the reason that made me hesitate. Here is what you will have to pay to get your WordPress in multilingual:

  • for a site of less than 2000 words: Weglot is free. Let's just say I don't know many sites that are less than 2000 words long. This can be a solution to translate the homepage for example and then study the impact in terms of traffic.
  • for a translation of 10,000 words: count 9.90€ht per month or 99€ht per year.
  • for a translation of 50,000 words: count 19.90€ht per month or 190€ht per year.
  • for a translation of 200,000 words: count 49€ht per month or 490€ per year.
  • for a translation of 1,000,000,000 words: count 199€ht per month or 1990€ per year.

To learn more about the plans proposed by Weglot, I give you meet us here.

You think it's expensive? A license WPMLL or Polylang - which are plugins that also allow you to translate your WordPress sites - will cost you about 100€ht per year (more or less depending on the plans).

However, these solutions are extremely time-consuming and tedious to implement - it is said that time is money and Weglot will save you a lot of time.

I was able to test the 3 solutions and indeed, it is Weglot the lightest, fastest and easiest...

Imagine how long it can take to translate a site of about fifty pages, or worse, how much it should cost to outsource the translation via freelancers or specialized companies?

The strength of Weglot compared to other solutions is that you don't have to spend hours translating your content! No, Weglot is in charge of it and it must be said that the translation is quite successful. There are not many false notes, a few typos, certainly, but you can correct them.

However, be careful, each language added doubles your translation quota. For example, on TipsDivi, I currently have only one thirty articles published. So I chose the 50,000 word plan...

Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow It has already been achieved, so I will soon have to upgrade my plan. If I wanted to add two other languages in addition to English, I would have already reached the 150,000 words translated. So you understand that this can go very, very fast!

 

Weglot and SEO....

That's another question you can ask yourself. Given that natural referencing is essential for a website, you may wonder if search engines will take into account the languages you will add with Weglot. The answer is YES, Weglot is compatible with Google's guidelines in terms of multilingualism.

The languages are added to the URL via a sub-folder. For example, https://astucesdivi.com/ is in French - https://astucesdivi.com/in/ is in English.

Everything is well translated like the Meta Title or Meta Description tag that you enter in Yoast for example and which is used to appear in search results.

By default, your URLs will remain in the original language of your site but will have a prefix such as https://mon-site.com/in/the-title-of-my-article-in-his-origin-language/. If you wish to translate them, an insert at the bottom of your articles is provided for this purpose. You will be able to manually modify the URL of your translated pages.

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Read about it this article to better understand how Weglot manages your SEO.

 

How to add multilingual flags under the titles of articles in the Divi theme?

For this, you will need a children's theme for Divi. Once you have it, the handling is very simple:

  1. Copy the single.php file present in the Divi theme (the parent theme).
  2. Edit this file using a text editor such as SublimText for example then add the code
    just below the title surrounded by an H1 tag as you can see on line 37 of the screenshot below:single Divi
  3. Save and insert this copy into the child theme folder (at the root). It will be taken into account instead of the single.php of the parent theme.
  4. Send your child theme to the server and enable it instead of the Divi theme. If your child theme is already present and active, just add the single.php file to its root.
  5. Now your items have Weglot flags just below their title.

 

Discover all you can do with the Divi theme

 

What to do after installing Weglot?

All the actions mentioned above really took me 15 minutes: creation of the Weglot account + configuration of the extension + modification of my single.php

However, this may not be enough. Here's what you could do after installing Weglot:

 

1 - Visit all the pages to be translated

This action automates the translation and activates them. You will therefore have to review your entire site, as an Internet user might do. You have nothing else to do to activate translations.

 

2 - Correcting misprints

Once your site has been translated, you can go to your Weglot account and make corrections if you find that some translations do not meet your expectations. The handling is quite simple, you'll see.

 

3 - Enable the follow-up of your statistics

Not all Weglot users think about it, but it is important to do a few things within your Google Analytics account to be able to track the URLs visited in your translated languages. Here is the procedure:

  • Go to your Google Analytics account (you must already have created an account to link your website and track its statistics),
  • Go to the tab called "Administration" located at the very bottom left,
  • Select your property if you have more than one,
  • Go to View > "+Create a view" Google analytics Weglot
  • Name your view, for example "English version statistics", and define the time zone,
  • Click on "create a view". Google analytics Weglot
  • Then, still in "view", go to the Filter tab and click on "add a filter". Google analytics Weglot
  • Name your filter, for example "English version",
  • Filter type = "predefined filter" and then choose :
  • "Include only"
  • "Traffic to subdirectories"
  • "Container"
  • Subdirectory: " /en/ " (for English for example) Google analytics Weglot
  • Finish by "saving".

Now you can track the traffic of Internet users who visit your foreign language URLs. You may be wondering why this action is necessary since your statistics already show you the share of traffic from foreign countries?

It is precisely necessary to differentiate this well since some Internet users based in the USA or England for example are not necessarily English-speaking, they can simply be French-speaking and live abroad. This will not give you the actual traffic of your site in another language. By creating a new view with a filter in Google Analytics, you can separate French-speaking traffic from English-speaking traffic (or other languages used).

 

4 - Propose images for each language version

Even if Weglot is a magical solution, this plugin will not translate the images. It will translate the captions but not the content of the images, of course....

If you are used to promoting your blog articles on social networks and especially on Pinterest, you should certainly consider offering several versions of your images to pin. A Pinterest strategy will certainly be beneficial in promoting your articles available in your other languages. Of course, it won't take 15 minutes... and it's a lot of work you'll have to do.

 

In conclusion....

Considering proposing a site or blog in several languages is not a decision to be taken lightly. You will have understood it, it will cost you money and/or time. For my part, I have thought about it carefully and I expect to see the medium- and long-term traffic benefits that my translated pages will bring me...

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