Translating your WordPress site with the TextUnited Plugin

How to use the Text United wordpress plugin

Now you’ve connected your WordPress plugin to your TextUnited account, we’ll walk you through how to start the translation process!

1. Select the existing source language of your website.

  • From your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the TextUnited Plugin and select Settings.

  • You’ll be presented with a dropdown menu under Language Settings where you can select the source language of your website. Once you’ve chosen, click save.

2. Choose the languages you want to translate your website to.

  • The next settings menu you’ll need to adjust is Language List & Translators. This is where you can select the languages you want your website to be translated to.
  • You’ll also need to select whether human translations will be handled by you and your team, or via TextUnited’s paid professional translator service.
  • Finally, tick whether you want the website machine translated first (we’d recommend this as it saves time and money!)

  • Click Add Language. You can repeat these steps for as many languages as you need (remember, if you’re using a free account with Machine Translation, you’re limited to 2000 free words per month, so you may need to purchase additional word packages if you have a larger site, which you can do here).
  • Click Save.

3. Adding pages and posts to translate.

  • Now you’ve chosen the languages to translate your website to, the next step is choosing which parts of it you want to be translated.
  • From the WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Pages or Posts menu (depending on what you are translating).
  • Select the pages/posts you wish to translate and in the Bulk Actions menu, choose Edit, then click Apply.
  • In the Bulk Edit section, you’ll now see an option for Languages, here you’ll be able to select from all the languages you added in the Language List & Translators Settings in Step 2.
  • Once you’ve selected the languages, click Update. You will notice now there are flag icons listed on each page denoting the languages selected. If these are in colour, the machine translations are ready, if they are in black and white, they are still processing.
  • Refresh the page to update the status of the translations. Remember, large text-heavy pages will take slightly longer!

4. Translating.

  • If you’ve opted to translate the website with your own team, you can now begin using the Overlay Editor to improve the pre-Machine Translation if you selected it, or commence translation from scratch if you didn’t.
  • From the WordPress dashboard, select Visit Site. Once your webpage loads, click the TextUnited plugin and select Overlay Editor.

  • Once the Overlay Editor has loaded, you can begin in-context editing of the translations as they will appear on your page. You can find more information about the Overlay Editor in our tutorial here.