Among the multilingual plugins available out there, I had to give it a try to Polylang.
For my website I use WPML, but for a dummy website I installed Polylang.
The big advantage that I saw on Polylang was that it is free, although for extra features you have to buy extra add-ons.
So for sure, this would be recommended for all those small WordPress Websites that have just a few pages.
You don’t have to spend a cent at the beginning, you just have to spend time installing it.
At first it was a bit confusing, since it users experience at the beginning seem a little bit to old, in comparison on the User Interface that plugins such as WPML or Weglot have.
Polylang also offers an automatic translation, but for this you have to install Lingotek.
You can have up to 100,000 characters for free, but you could also do a manual translation.
WPML doesn’t have any word count limitation, and you can easily add or remove languages.
Polylang didn’t have a direct widget for Elementor, and in contrast WPML does have one.
WPML has recently added Deepl to its automatic translation, therefore it has a better automatic translation.
But also, you will have to buy some credits to be able to use this automatic translation.
So as said, Polylang is recommended for small websites with low content, and WPML is recommended for websites who aim to have no word count limit, have multiple languages, and also who has a better compatibility also with SEO Plugins such as Rank Math or Yoast.
When talking about WordPress Multilingual Plugin , or simply WPML , we refer to that WordPress plugin that is responsible for transforming a monolingual website, or blog, into a multilingual platform. Something that is more than necessary in recent times.
This is a very popular tool because it allows the user to translate the content of their domain into more than 40 languages with the benefit that the SEO work is not impaired at all.
Apart from being characterized by being intuitive, and having more than one resource that makes the entire translation process easier.
With this plugin, not only manual translation is achieved , but also automatic translation , where both can be worked in parallel, so that the user can ensure that a good job has been done with their content.
When it comes to multilanguage plugins, we must recognize WPML as the one that is most used around the world, since it is a tool that was born a lot of years ago, and updates continue to be periodically maintained to ensure that we offer you only the best to user.
In order to access the use of WPML, it is necessary to buy a license, and this is done through the brand’s platform. After purchasing it, you can install it in WordPress. The price of this tool starts at USD 29, and the renewal, after one year, is fixed at USD 21.
Many users who already have a multilingual website assure that this is one of those plugins that cannot be missing in their repertoire, so it is better not to leave it out and test if its advantages and benefits are also adapted to your domain.
For anyone, structuring a multilingual website can be a headache.
However, the features of WPML are responsible for making the task much easier, since there are many functionalities and advantages that these give to the tool in general.
In this WPML Review, here we state some of the advantages and disadvantages.
WPML Pricing is based on an annual plan.
Here you can find WPML Pricing plans.
As recommendation in this WPML Review, WPML should be used in the case that you have plenty of wordpress content to translate.
The advantage now that WPML has Deepl, is that you can translate faster and with better quality.
But as well, it is recommended that if you have a WordPress website that focuses more on the commercial side with WooCommerce, then Weglot could be a better option, since it would reduce the risks of having bugs in between.
As reminder here are some WPML key aspects to consider:
As many translation plugins, it has its advantages and disadvantages, but as established in about WPML, if you are aiming for high volume content translation, go for it.
Give it a try.
If you are looking for an alternative that offers you a free user and the possibility of accessing a paid version when you can see income on your website, then Polylang is your ideal translator plugin.
Polylang has over 100 different target languages, all of which have to be translated manually or automatically, and you can add the Lingotek service to Polylang to help you with many professional translators.
Because the Polylang plugin is used with a human translation, you can control all the content you want to translate on the website, as well as translate the functions and text of the system. There are basic features of Polylang for free, as well as its premium feature.
With the pro version you have the possibility to duplicate entries or pages and translate them into the language you prefer, you can deactivate and activate languages as you like, better functions.
And of course, you have premium quality technical support where you will be attended to as soon as possible, for only 99 euros for a single domain.
With Polylang is easy to start by just downloading the plugin directly from WordPress Plugins dashboard.
When you succeed in installing Polylang you will notice that the translations of your website will be complete.
All the texts that the website has, such as the buttons, tabs and menu will be easily translated.
You will be able to program the URLs of the website to your preference for each of the languages you want.
If you get the service of an experienced developer you can make the images to be positioned for the different languages that there are.
You will also be able to achieve automated translations, but they are not always accurate.
And the translations that are manual only, you have to create the necessary entries for all languages and then adjust in the language selector.
We believe that many features are missing, but to avoid make it even longer, you can visit their website for more information at WordPress Polylang.
If you have a small website and have to translate just a few pages, then it could be worthwile to just have a plugin such as Polylang.
With Polylang the translation is simple.
But if you are aiming for more features to be translated inside your WordPress Website, then you should but the extra add-ons.
As previously mentioned, WPML is recommended if you have a website that is content oriented.
Polylang or even Gtranslate are plugins for small websites.
And if you have a Woocommerce store, then you should consider Weglot.
Now that we have seen more about WPML vs Polylang, here is a price comparison to have it in a graphical comparison.
Prices of WPML are in $ USD, and Polylang in € Euro.
It is worth mentioning that Polylang pricing is for just 1 Website, if you want more website licenses, you should pay a higher plan.
In the case of WPML as you increase your plan, you have more websites.
Multilingual Blog is for 1 Website, CMS is for 3 Websites and Agency is for unlimited websites.
Therefore, in that case, long run or even by number of websites, WPML is cheaper than Polylang.
If we divide the 3 Websites of the Multilingual CMS plan of WPML by the full price, then the price per a year license for a website is of $26.33.