This is a very short post, but I am excited about completing a little side project and wanted to let everyone know.
I have just completed work on my first WordPress plugin! I’m pretty sure there is another WordPress plugin out there which probably does a similar thing, but I couldn’t find one after spending several hours searching. If you look in the sidebar to the right of my blog you’ll see “Google Translate” with a drop-down list box containing different languages. This will access the Google Translate service and, well, I’m sure you can guess what happens next.
This was an incredibly simple little hack I put together, because I was wondering about people who do not speak English and how much great information they can be missing out on. Most of us, myself included, cannot afford the costs of having a website professionally translated. This can be a very expensive proposition, and you sometimes have to trust that the translation is of reasonable standard.
To help with the translation process, there are some far more advanced and complete WordPress translation services and plugins available – such as the most excellent WPML. While the cost for the service and facilities you get from WPML represents excellent value, you still have to manually add a translation for each post, plugin and page.
Granted the auto-translation by Google Translate can be a little rough around the edges. At least your non-English reading/speaking visitors may get a better understanding of what you are communicating than if you do not at least have this facility available.