Easy Multilingual Websites Using Google Translate

Embedding a Google Translate widget on your site makes it accessible in more than sixty of the world’s languages. If you don’t have the time or resources to translate all of your content manually, the Google Translate widget is a simple solution that makes your website available to more people.

Although the Google Translate widget doesn’t offer a perfect translation of your content, it’s still a great way to help your site reach a larger audience.

Keep reading to learn how to add the Google Translate widget to your Jimdo website.


How to Add the Google Translate Widget to Your Site

It only takes a few simple steps to add Google Translate to your website:

  1. Visit Google’s Translation Manager and sign in to your Google account (If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up for a free Google account).
  2. Click Add to your website now on the right-hand side.
  3. Follow the instructions on the next few pages to customize your translator.
  4. You’ll then receive two code snippets: Add the meta tag to the Head section of your site by clicking Settings > Edit Head and pasting the meta tag code. Add the widget code to the page where you want your translator to show up by adding a Widget / HTML element and pasting the widget code.

If you want the Google Translate widget to show up on every page of your site, add it to your site’s Sidebar.

For more detailed instructions, check out our tutorial: How to Embed Google Translate on Your Site.

We’ve got lots of other tutorials in the Tutorials section of our Support Center.

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Julia O. Test

Support Management and Visual Design at Jimdo
Julia Test (her real, not shortened last name) began helping Jimdo users with their website questions and issues in April 2012, but she's not new to the web world: previously, Julia worked at a company developing and supporting websites for CPAs. She is originally from Russia, but now bikes to work every day in Jimdo's San Francisco office. Julia is a photographer, fine-dining enthusiast, and yogi.
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  1. Hi there, I’m a website consultant (http://wildbluepixel.com) working for a client who is very interested in translating their site (http://woodstocksanctuary.org) into other languages to make it more accessible ’round the world. The Google Translate gadget really sounds great, though I fear the translation must be a little spotty if headlines, etc., are jpegs vs. html, which is the case with the Woodstock site. They have asked to see examples of GT in action… Would you happen to know any sites that are actually implementing GT? Thanks so much!

  2. Hi, I am from Tokyo.
    I am trying to make English Jimdo pages.
    When I put Google’s Translate into the sidebar,
    its language becomes Japanese, not English.
    I wonder why this comes and how to keep it like English
    “Google translate”.


    • Hi Toshio,

      The language of the “Select Language” text is automatically populated by Google based on the location of your IP address. This means that if you are in Tokyo, it will populate in Japanese, whereas for someone in the US, it will populate in English, etc.

      Hope this helps!

      • Hi, Julia, Thanks a lot for a prompt reply. I am unfamiliar to use
        this blog site making me thus a delay.
        1. I fully understand your comment on the IP address in each country
        changing into each country’s language in the “select language”
        2. One more question if I may ask is that there is a problem that a
        reasonable quality of translation seems not to be expected by
        Google translate. Do you think is there any other simple way of
        solving this matter? Rgds.

        • Hi Toshio,

          You can actually improve the translation of the Google Translate widget. Just login to your Google Translate account and click on Corrections, or hover over words on your website and a “Contribute a better translation” pop-up appears.

          The best way will always be to manually add multiple language pages to your site that you translate by hand. No automatic translation tool will ever be as good as a fluent speaker.


  3. Hi, Julia,
    Thanks a lot again.
    I will try to make the translations for my site better accordingly
    as you said. You always give a simple and easy way of solving
    matters in good manner which can not be expected here in Japan.
    Here the staff may say just that please ask Google.
    Thanks and rgds.

    • Happy to help!

  4. Hi Julia. I just wanted to inform your readers about a website called L10N Hub http://l10nhub.com/ which keeps readers up-to-date and informed with fresh and interesting posts about the localization world, including news, events, software updates and others. Maybe it’s a good inspiration.

  5. A good and easy method to offer users your right language. Thanks for sharing Julia! :)

    • You’re very welcome Santi! :)


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