Weglot Review for Shopify 
Even Shopify merchants who sell predominantly in their home country are often surprised when they check where their visitors (and customers) originate.
The concept of a “world marketplace” is alive and well. Customers can come from practically any corner of the globe to arrive at your store.
That means you need to be ready to speak their language. Many will be able to speak the primary language used in your store but it’s important to ask whether you could be selling more if you spoke their first language?
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Some merchants cottoned on to this a long time ago. Many US stores offer Spanish versions of their sites and Canadian stores offer French. But what about Chinese? Japanese? German? Italian?
There’s no easy way to cater to all these different nationalities – or is there?
Weglot is a translation service app that can transform an entire website in minutes from a unilingual site into a multilingual one – saving you the costs of having to build completely new and separate websites for different languages.
Our Weglot review takes a look at how this simple translation tool might help your store join a more global stage…
What is Weglot and how does it work?
Weglot promises to “make your website multilingual in minutes and to manage all your translations effortlessly.”
That’s a big call. But it appears to be living up to its goals if the thousands of Shopify merchants who use it are to be believed (more about that below).
The app simplifies translations on your website, managing all translation options in one place instead of having to use multiple tools.
It adds a language switcher button on your website and lets you translate content without any new coding required.
The great beauty of Weglot besides its simplicity is that you get so many options. Not only does it cover practically any language you could wish for. It also allows you to select the quality of the translation provided – again, more about this below.
The features you get on your version of Weglot depend to a great extent on the monthly fee you are prepared to pay.
The pricing section below contains more details about this but the free version contains:
- One translated language on one website
- Up to 2,000 words translated
- Up to 2,000 translated page views per month
- Basic support
The Starter, Business, Pro and Advanced Plans add the following features:
- Up to one million translated words and pageviews per month
- Support for up to 10 websites
- Premium support
- Access to pro translators
- Visitor/browser language redirection
- More team members
- Translated pageviews statistics
- Export and import facility
- Multiple language options in all versions
As you will see in the Shopify setup section, installing the app is very easy. Once installed, simply configure a few settings and start translating.
Once you have initiated a translation, you can review and edit all translated content before it goes live on your store.
Some of the other key features include:
- Automatic content detection: Automatically detect all content on your website and have it translated (no human intervention required).
- Easy to manage and customize: Intuitive interface to manage and edit all translations and easy to customize the language button to fit store design.
- Team collaboration tools: invite team members and other professionals to review and edit within the app.
- In-context editor: Use the unique editor to translate content with context in mind, helping you visualize what your website is going to look like.
- Access to professional translators: You can access and order professional translation services through the app if you decide against totally automated translations.
- Visitor automatic redirection: Automatically serve the right pages to your audience depending on their preferred language (WordPress)
Weglot Customer support
The support by the Weglot team provided is considered active and responsive by users.
While the free plan only offers limited support through the knowledge base, email form, and website support, the paid plans provide either basic dedicated support or more premium dedicated support in the case of the highest-tier plans.
The knowledge base includes good support for Shopify stores by all accounts but the support staff are responsive when called upon.
Machine or human-based translation?
Many store owners use Weglot’s first layer of machine translation because it is quick and effortless. You can get your entire store translated within minutes.
If you select this automatic translation option, the app uses some of the best machine learning tools on the web, including Microsoft and Google.
However, as you may have seen with automated Google translations, they might not be perfect. The beauty of Weglot is that you can use Weglot’s post-editing features to control the quality of your translations – or order professional human translations.
The manual review process allows you to edit and enhance your website translations with the help of your team.
If that still does not meet the needs and expectations of your customers, you can opt for professional translations. This ensures that the brand voice you desire is heard in any language you like.
Which languages are available?
You can choose a new language for your website from a list of more than 100 options. This probably covers 95 percent of the world’s population (caveat: complete guess 😊)
Unless your store specializes in making woven hats for a little-known Arctic tribe, you’re probably covered.
What else can Weglot do?
There are few other interesting features of Weglot that might be of interest for Shopify brands with a growing international audience.
You can create a localized experience for all customers by customizing every part of the buying journey with:
- Landing page translations
Creating landing pages in the local language can do wonders for the conversion rates of specific campaigns.
- Email notification translations
Translating your email notifications can be very useful when a customer places an order and automatically receives an email in their own language.
- Checkout process and dynamic content translation
Weglot also allows you to translate your checkout process into any language – again better for conversions and fewer abandoned carts. It even translates pop-ups, reviews, and third-party apps.
What’s the SEO effect of Weglot?
Weglot follows Google best practices guidelines for multilingual SEO and is very search-engine-friendly.
Without getting too technical, when you translate a piece of text using Weglot, it is translated on the server-side. Google and other search engines can see and index the translated versions.
Other SEO benefits include:
- Automatically creates an optimized multilingual architecture with sub-folders: a dedicated URL is provided for each version of your page, which is what Google recommends.
- Automatically adds href lang tag in the HTML code to help inform Google that it needs to crawl and index other versions of the page too.
- Translates SEO tags, metadata, images, and external links.
How do you make a Shopify store multilingual with Weglot?
Weglot is designed to integrate seamlessly with Shopify. You can get a brand-new language version of your store up and running with a few simple steps in as little as five minutes. There’s no complex coding to worry about.
- From your Shopify admin dashboard, click on “Apps” and then “Add App” from the Shopify app store:
- Open the Weglot app and create your account
- Select your original and destination languages
- Click on “Visit your website” or “Go to settings” to customize your Weglot setup
- Add subdomains
Here’s where it gets slightly technical but it shouldn’t fry your brain too much.
Adding subdomains is for SEO purposes. Each different language version of your website should have a separate subdomain, e.g., https://fr.mywebsite/.
First, note that each language covered by Weglot has a two-letter code, e.g., Traditional Chinese is tw.
Go to your domain name provider’s page and access the section that allows you to manage your DNS. You will need to create a new CNAME entry with the ‘host’ set as the appropriate two-letter code for the language you’ve added and then point it to websites.weglot.com.
Once saved, return to the Weglot app settings in the Shopify dashboard and follow the simple setup instructions once you’ve clicked ‘Activate Subdomains’.
- Customize settings
From the left-hand sidebar, you can edit the language switcher button, activate the auto-switch option, exclude specific content from translation or make other customizations.
To see all your content and start translating it, click on “Edit my translations”.
There! You’re pretty much done with your Weglot set up for Shopify and ready to join the world stage.
Note that the above process is for Shopify stores. Weglot is compatible with virtually all website and CMS technologies but the setup process will differ slightly with other platforms.
Weglot is used by many thousands of Shopify merchants and stores although it integrates with other platforms too.
The platform has received well over 1,000 reviews and maintains an average Shopify user rating of 4.7/5 stars.
Weglot has a free version that allows up to 2,000 translated words in one language. There is also the option of starting a 10-day free trial to get a taste of the premium plans.
As far as the free plan is concerned, if you typed four pages of A4 text, it would amount to around 2,000 words as a very rough guideline.
So, for a small store that only requires translation of one landing page or a single product page into one language, you might find that the free version works for you.
(NOTE: Above pricing in Euros: 1 Euro = USD 1.2 approx.)
Most store owners reading this will want more scope and scalability than the limited free version allows. If you are regularly getting visitors with different first languages, the Starter plan for around $10/month might be a great option. It allows up to 10,000 words of translation.
From there, the monthly fee increases in stages. The more languages and content you need to translate, the higher the monthly fee – up to one million words in 10 different languages.
The Weglot.com website includes a word count estimation tool. If you exceed your limit because your store has more words than expected, you will receive get a notification before your plan is upgraded.
An enterprise version is also available (details provided upon application).
Weglot review 2021
With a 10-day free trial on offer, plus access to a free plan, there is no reason not to start providing different local language versions of your website if you’re like most stores and get visitors from an increasingly wide capture area of the globe.
You can see how it translates sections of your site into one trial language and get to grips with the easy-to-use translation management tools.
Whether you’re a small startup or an established store with analytics showing visitors coming from new areas and speaking new languages, Weglot can scale according to your needs. If you have multiple websites, you’re covered by the Pro plan or above.
There’s no reason not to take the first step towards becoming an international business!