google translateThis article speaks about how a Google website translator can be added to a website or blog.

What is a website translator?

Although English is officially used in many countries, there are many which still don’t use English as their main language. To enable the visitors from these countries to be able to read the content on the website or blog, it is important to have a website translator. Google chrome has such features incorporated which are automated, but a website translator is highly recommended to make regional readers happy.

How to add website translator?

The Google translate tool has translators for blogs and website and is currently supported in 57 languages. Once the customised meta tag is added to a webpage the visitors will see the customized translations when the page is translated.

How to add the Google Website translator:

1. Sign into the Google translator with a Google account.

2. After entering the website address, choose the original language of the site and click on Next.

3. The plugin settings can be customized to the required preferences:

a)      Allow translation only to certain languages.

b)      The display mode can be customized to Tabbed, Inline or automatic.

c)       The Advanced options can automatically guide the translator automatically when the visitor is using a language different from the original website language. This also helps in tracking the translated traffic using the Google analytic tools

d)      Click on “Get code”.

4.  Google translate needs to be before the closing </head> in the template

5. The Java Script snippet code needs to be copied and then pasted where the website translator plugin needs to  display.

A blogger can do this by simply pasting the snippet code by  going to “Layout section”, “Add a gadget”, “Edit HTML/JavaScript”.

Can a better translation be suggested?

One of the advantages of the Google translate plugin is that a visitor can better translation for site content. A mouse movement over the text which needs improvement is required to enable this. The user can sign into the Google account and click on “Contribute a better translation”  and suggest the words and submit the suggestion by clicking on “Contribute”. This suggestion will show up in the translate manager where it can be edited or deleted.

How is a suggestion approved?

When a suggested translation shows up, it needs to be either approved or declined. This can be done by ticking the checkbox beside the made suggestion and then clicking the “Approve” button. This approves the suggestion and gets corrected on the Corrections page. Henceforth when any user translates the page, the corrected translation will appear in place of the automatic translation.

How editors can help  with correcting the translations:

Editors can be invited to help out with any corrections required and approve any pending suggestions in the translation manager. This can be done by clicking on the “Editors” link in the left navigation pane. At the bottom of the editors table a valid email address needs to be inserted and “Invite” needs to be clicked. A email invitation is sent out to the email address.

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