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How to Translate a Website

How to translate a website? There are different ways to translate a site, and this article will cover six different ways on doing exactly that.

06 May, 22 by Susith Nonis 7 min Read

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Every website should aim to adapt its content to meet its target market's cultural and social preferences. Doing so allows you to engage with your readers better, subsequently connecting with them on a deeper, more personal level. The first step towards achieving this is translating your website. But, how to translate a website? There are different ways to translate a site, and this article will cover that.

Before advancing, it is essential to understand the two primary options to translate websites; human translation and machine translation.

Human translation

It involves a professional human translator translating web pages from one language to another. There are agencies in the market providing human translation services to site owners for a fee. The primary advantage of human translation is it takes structure, language nuances, and context into account. This process usually involves proofreading and quality assurance, among other procedures.

Machine translation

Also referred to as automated translation, machine translation uses AI to translate webpage from one language to another. An excellent example of automatic translation is Google Translate which utilizes a neural machine translation system. In contrast to human translation, machine translation doesn't account for language nuances or context. 

Although most people don't visit websites that aren't in their primary language, it is essential to understand how to translate a page in case you need to. You might encounter sources available in other languages that you'll need to translate when researching. Another instance where translating is important is when you want to purchase products from an e-commerce store in another country.

As a site owner, you should consider making your website multilingual. It will enable you to attract a wider audience due to the different language options. It also helps build trust with visitors because they feel included. Lastly, translation helps improve user experience, making it a very effective SEO strategy. 

Now that you understand the main translation options and the importance of translating a website, here are six ways that you can translate websites.

1.   Translating a website in Google Chrome

Translating a site in Google Chrome is straightforward. You can use Google Chrome to translate web pages by using 2 clicks (sometimes even one). 

  • Once you land on a page that is not in English, select the "Translate this page" button found in the address bar. That will open a popup. 
  • On the popup, select the English option.

There is a second procedure that is just as uncomplicated.

  • Select the text you'd like to translate and then right-click. 
  • Once the popup appears, click on "Translate to English."

These are the steps to translate a page in Chrome, and you can use any of these two as you navigate through the website.

2.   Translating a website in Microsoft Edge

To translate a website on Microsoft Edge, you can use Translate for Microsoft, already installed in the browser. 

  • Similar to Google Chrome, you will see the "Translate page" prompt once you open a page on the browser.
  • The address bar on Microsoft Edge will briefly display the word "Translated" once the process is complete.

You can also ask Edge to automatically generate a translation every time you encounter a particular language.

  • First, choose the "Always translate pages" option from the box. 
  • If the popup fails to appear, click on the "Translate" icon found in the address bar.
  • Select the icon, and you will automatically see the option to translate pages in that specific language. You can repeat this process with websites in other languages.

3.   Translating a website on Firefox

Unlike Chrome and Microsoft Edge, Firefox does not have an in-built translation feature. Therefore, you first need to add a Firefox Extension to translate websites. The recommended one is the Google Translate extension. The steps are as follows.

  • First, select the "Add to Firefox" button to install your extension. 
  • Once you've done this, an "Options" screen will appear where you can choose specific languages.
  • If translating different languages, leave the "Translate Text" field on the "Auto" setting. After making changes, click on "Save."

The next time you visit a site in a different language, right-click on the text, then click on "Translate this page." The content will open in your preferred language on Google Translate.

4.   Translating a website on Android Mobile Devices

Translating on an Android device using Google Chrome is different from translating on a desktop. 

  • On your mobile device, you will be able to see a bar at the bottom with language options, unlike on a desktop, where you receive a popup.
  • Click on the bar and select "English" as your language option, and you will see the text in English.
  • If you don't see this bar, click on the three dots at the top right.
  • A menu will open up, and you should click on "Translate" to view the text in English.

5.   Google Translate website

You can use Google Translate to translate a whole website effortlessly.

  • First, type the URL of the site you want to translate into the text box appearing on the left. A clickable version of this URL (Google translate URL) should appear in the correct text box.
  • Choose the target language from above the text box appearing on the right. 
  • After clicking on the link, a fully translated version of the website should appear.

Use the button on the top right to switch between the two versions. Additionally, you can use the Google Translate toolbar to swap between languages. Site translation doesn't have to be a complex process.

6.   Translating a website on an iPhone

You can use the Safari browser to translate web pages on your iPhone.

  • Once you visit a webpage in a different language, select the "aA" button in the address bar. 
  • A menu will appear with the "Translate to English" option.
  • If it is your first time translating a website, you might receive a prompt to enable the beta.

It is worth noting that compared to other browsers, Safari translates a limited number of languages.

The most common language used on the web is English. Therefore translating sites to English is extremely common.

Whether you are purchasing from a foreign country or wish to build a multilingual website, knowing how to translate a web page comes in handy. With the different options and tools outlined above, now you are equipped with the knowledge of how to translate a website?

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Susith Nonis

I'm fascinated by the IT world and how the 1's and 0's work. While I veture into the world of Technology I try to share what I know in the simplest way possible. Not a fan of coffee, a sweet addict and a self accredited 'master chef'.