I have a travel niche and site that relates to one country.It is in English, but more and more travellers are non english speaking.

How important is it to have the pages and posts in multiple languages or should i just rely on googles translator?

Im thinking of German, French, Spanish Dutch and poss Mandarin.

Also has anyone had any experience with "Promp" translation apps?

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DaveSw Premium
If you use a theme that is WPML ready you can add this set of plugins (it will cost you) that can translate your website into a number of languages...

This is not as easy as loading and activating the WPML plugins, however...

There are a number of steps involved to get everything working properly, and unless you have a fluent writer and speaker of the languages you want to add, it can go upside down in a hurry...

Our experience was that we went through 4 "experts" that were to complete the task for ONE website...After a couple of months and a lot or money, our website was so screwed up we had to start over...

The second go round was OK because we took the opportunity to use a simpler theme, do the translations ourselves for only ONE language instead of 10, and we learned how it really works...

So my advice is to be careful, look at your target audience and decide if you really need to go through the hassle when there are tools such as Google translate that work, if not perfectly...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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MarkPerkins Premium
Dave, thank you for your valuable information. How do I know if my theme is "WPML" ready?
German is the main language I want and I do have some good contacts for proof reading.

Mark
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Mark...

You should be able to get that from the forum and support pages from the theme you are using...Here's how to get there...

If you go to your backend dashboard of your website, then click on 'themes' under 'appearance', you will see the themes that are installed, to include the one you have active...

From there you can get to the support files and forum...

For what it's worth...

German is also the second language we have added to our site and it is a work in progress...

The products etc. (this is an e-commerce store website) are mostly finished, now we are doing the menus, attribute, tags, etc. - my partner and I are taking care of this since we had such a horrible experience with 'experts' hehe...

You can have a look at the store by going to my profile page and it is the first website link I have listed....Maybe it will give you an idea or two...

Best of luck!

Dave : )
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MarkPerkins Premium
Dave,

Yes my theme is compatable, I checked out the WPML site. Looks good....

Just thinking about it at this stage but I do appreciate your input.

Mark
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DaveSw Premium
Cool...The plugin requires a few add-ons or companion plugins to work properly...But it is not that hard once you get to know what to do...Best of luck! Dave : )
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rnarcio Premium
I have 2 websites, one in English and one in Spanish. This is because I´m from Mexico and I´m good in English.
I sometimes use Microsoft translator because I try to do things faster, but it´s never an exact translation. I can tell because I know the language, and words sometimes have more than one definition.
If you want to have a website in a different language, I suggest you use freelancers to do the translations. There are a lot of webpages with online freelancers.
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MarkPerkins Premium
Thanks, for that
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onmyownterms Premium
My only experience has been with Google Translate, and while not optimal, since it's free, it's my preferred option.
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