WordPress is an open-source platform that gives you the ability to add a plethora of features to your site, often without the need to code. Professional translations are no different. With a fully translated site, you have the ability to reach untapped marketplaces around the world. It allows you to provide a better user experience for international customers.
There are a number of different ways you can go about translating your WordPress site. In this post, we're going to take a look at ConveyThis. It's a WordPress plugin that makes translating a site into 90+ languages quick and simple. We'll take a look at its installation and setup process, how to use it, and what its pricing structure looks like. Let's get started with this ConveyThis review.
- About the ConveyThis plugin
- Installation & Configuration
- Translating your site with the ConveyThis plugin
- Pricing & Support
ConveyThis Review – About the plugin
ConveyThis is a WordPress translation plugin that's free to use and paid to extend. More on this plugin's pricing structure later. This WordPress plugin is compatible with over 90 different languages, as stated before, and uses automatic (machine) and manual translations to do so, though you can get away with having your site translated by machine only. Let's take a look at this plugin's features:
- Free – Your first language is free forever up to 5,000 pageviews. No credit card required.
- 90+ Languages Available – Translate your site into over 90 different languages from all around the world, including Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Korean, Japanese and more.
- Automatic Translations – This WordPress plugin allows you to start with automatic translations where a machine will translate your entire site with a simple click of a button.
- Manual Translations – An easy-to-use interface allows you to customize translations manually with ease. You can do this yourself or hire a professional translator.
- Optimized for SEO – Translated pages have custom URL prefixes, ensuring translated pages will be crawled and indexed by search engines like Google.
- 100% Compatibility – This WordPress translation plugin is usually compatible with all third-party WordPress themes and plugins, including WooCommerce.
- Easy to Use – From installation to translation, this plugin is easy to use and maintain. Its settings are easy to manage, and it has an intuitive user interface system.
- No Coding Required – Translate your WordPress site with simple point-and-click maneuvers. There's no need to edit or upload .po files.
- Customizable – Customize the language switcher button to your liking.
- Visitor Language Redirection – This WordPress translation plugin integrates geotargeting by redirecting users to translated pages based on their browser preferences.
- Professional Translators – This WordPress plugin gives you access to professional translators when needed. These translators are provided via an agency that has over 15 years of experience in providing professional translations.
- Usage Statistics – Easy-to-read analytics allow you to see how many words you've translated, how many languages your site has been translated into and how many page views your translated pages have received.
- Setup Assistance – Premium users have access to a setup assistance service.
- Money-Back Guarantee – Paid plans are affordable and backed by a money-back guarantee.
- Priority Support Available – Support is available in the form of email and chat. Paid plans have access to priority support with faster response times.
- Multi Platform – While we're focusing on WordPress in this ConveyThis review post, the plugin is also compatible with other platforms like Jimdo, Squarespace, Shopify, BigCommerce, Wix, Joomla, Drupal, Magento and more.
Installation & Configuration
The ConveyThis plugin itself is free and available for download in the WordPress plugin repository. All you need to do is install it from the WordPress dashboard and activate it to get the ball rolling. However, upon activation, you'll notice an error message informing you the plugin hasn't been properly installed. This is because ConveyThis requires an API key, which you can acquire by creating an account on the ConveyThis website and logging in.
Your ConveyThis API key will be available directly on the dashboard as soon as you log into your account. All you need to do is paste it into the API key box on the plugin's settings page in the WordPress dashboard and save your changes to link your account. All you need to do after that is choose your Source Language, your Target Language, and you're good to go.
Translating your site with the ConveyThis plugin
The free plan of this translation plugin gives you access to one target language. Translating your site into your first target language is as simple as selecting it from a dropdown menu on the settings page. Once you save your changes, you'll be able to view a translated version of your site. Here's an example using our popular MH Magazine lite WordPress theme:
The translations are incredibly seamless and likely won't require much work from a professional translator. I only have two minor complaints here. The first is about the way this plugin handles translations by not allowing you to choose between machine and manual translations. When you select a target language, your site gets translated into that language automatically. This can be a problem if you're only interested in translating a few simple words, paragraphs or specific posts.
The second complaint I have is the lack of an option that allows you to translate your site into the same target languages from different regions. For example, it would be great to be able to translate your site from US English to UK English where you use UK English spelling and phrasing, British currency, and the metric system. Unfortunately, you can only translate your site into one version of each language. Maybe that's something for upcoming updates of the plugin.
Customizing the language switcher button
Notice the language switcher button in the bottom, right-hand corner of the screen. Customizing this button is simple and can be done as soon as you select the Show More Options and Change Language Flags links on the settings page. There's a preview of the bottom at the top of the settings page for reference. You can change the shape of the flag, the style of the text that represents the language's name as well as where the button gets displayed. Spacing is handled with a simple slider.
If your WordPress site is translated into a different version of a language than the one the plugin uses by default, you can change the flag that represents that language in the Change Flag section. For example, if I'm an American, I can change the flag the English language uses from the British flag to the American one.
The only thing I would say is missing are color settings and / or the ability to add custom CSS with ease. Keep in mind the developers of this plugin are constantly adding new updates, so these minor criticisms may very well be resolved in the near future. If the demand for them is strong enough. Check out their New Features page for news on updates.
There's only one SEO setting, and I recommend leaving it enabled. It adds something known as “hreflang tags” to all pages on your WordPress site. It helps search engines recognize that a translated page on your site, which has the same content as your original page, is duplicated and targeted at another language or region. This helps the page become indexed and subsequently ranked while preventing you from receiving duplicate content errors.
You can edit your translations by clicking the Edit My Translations link from the settings page. This opens the My Translations dashboard in another tab, which you can use to manage your domains and target languages. All you need to do is click on your domain or the Edit button associated with your domain to get started. This leads you to a list of URLs that represent your translated pages.
When you click on a URL, you'll be greeted with a list of translations broken up into paragraphs. This gives you (or a professional translator) an easy to way to go through translations and make changes where needed. You can edit translations for metadata, such as titles and descriptions, as well as attributes, such as alt text for images.
Pricing & Support
ConveyThis offers four plans comprised of one free plan and three premium ones. The free plan allows you to translate up to 5,000 words in one target language and receive up to 5,000 page views / month on translated pages. All plans come with the following features:
- Automatic Translations
- Manual Translations
- Access to Professional Translators
- Search Engine Indexing
- Visitor Language Redirection
- Email and Chat Support
The premium plans come with priority email support, dedicated servers to host translated pages, and access to setup assistance and training. With premium plans, you can translate up to 200,000 words in up to 92 different languages. Once again, your first language is free. Download the plugin, and create an account to translate your first few pages today.
SPECIAL OFFER: Now you can save 50% off the price for the first month of any ConveyThis subscription plan by using the coupon code SUMMER50DISCOUNT. In order to apply the coupon code, first register on the website and activate your account. By default you will be subscribed to the free plan. Then in your account on the dashboard, click “Change Plan” and you will see the page with price plans. In the appropriate section, paste the coupon code and apply it.
Conclusion: Easily translate your WordPress website
That's it with our ConveyThis review post. We hope you like the plugin and find it useful to translate your WordPress website with ease. Have you used the ConveyThis plugin already? Can you share your experience with this plugin for multi-lingual websites? What's your favorite translation plugin for WordPress? Please share your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.