Update: November 25, 2015
Note that there are now browser add-ons we can use to translate sites:
Chrome browser add-on for Google translate
Firefox browser add-on for Google translate
Internet explorer browser add-on for Google translate
Translate Safari Extension
When looking for a translation widget last year I uncovered the fact that although the Google translation widgets could not be used there was a workaround. You can view it in action on my Translation page and it can also be accessed by clicking the “Translation available” link in the widget at the top of my sidebar. The code I used courtsey of fellow blogger ismailimail produces a 3 column table providing 53 language links. I simply copied the code, replaced the blog URL in the code I was given with my own blog’s URL, created a static page, pasted the code into the HTML editor, and published the page.
Well when I was out surfing the internet I found a Free Website translation button.
Free Website translation at the click of a mouse – free and without registration!
Fully automatic website translation is now possible and all at the click of a mouse! Free-Website-Translation.com offers a homepage translator service/tool for everyone. Simply create a button (widget) for your homepage that allows visitors to your site to immediately translate the website into their own language.
With the translation quality of Google™ Language tools, homepage translation is available for everyone – fully automatic and into over 20 languages. Web page translation has never been so easy!
If you click the big “get your button” button on the site and use the code provided it will be a Javacript code that will be stripped out by the wordpress.com software.
But if you copy the code that I post below into a text widget, or copy and paste the code into the HTML editor on a post or on a page it will work.
Note: Make sure that when you copy the code into your text widget or blog post the code’s double quotation marks are not “curly” but “straight” quotation marks. The fontin this theme a serif font which uses curly quotation marks. Copy and paste the code, but before clicking “save” or “publish” check whether the quotes came out in a “curly” format and if so, simply re-type the quotation marks so they are “straight”.
<a id=”ftwtranslation_button” style=”border:0;” href=”http://free-website-translation.com/”><img src=”http://free-website-translation.com/img/fwt_button_en.gif” alt=”Website Translation Widget” /></a>
To see how your readers can use this click the TRANSLATION button.
Once you are on the site scroll down past the “get your button” and locate the box illustrated below. Select the Original and Target languages and then type a URL into the Website address box. Click the Translate! button and Google translate will do the rest.
Now you can go back copy the code I provided above and use it in a text widget on your own blog. Happy blogging! :)
There is a workaround that I use on my own blog and you will find it here on a static page. If you wish to use this code for your translation page then you will have to replace the URL for my blog ie. onecoolsite.wordpress.com with the URL for your blog throughout: