WordPress.com blogs are not able to add plug-ins such as Google Translate. However all is not lost.
Thanks to Time Thief on One Cool Site I have been able to offer two buttons/links on my sidebar which will enable non-English speakers to read this blog in the language of their choice. Time Thief is a great help on all things related to WordPress blogs especially the more generic wordpress.com ones. It’s been an interesting learning experience.
After a certain amount of fiddling and tweaking I’ve managed to have two (well really three) options:
- I now have an additional page on my site called “Translate this blog”. This takes people straight to the “conversion” page.
- I have a “TRANSLATE THIS BLOG” link on the top of my sidebar which also takes you to this conversion page.
- I have a second type of translation button, courtesy of Free Web Site Translation. This is a little more cumbersome as readers will have to scroll down to find the options of which language to choose.
Why did I choose to do this? My interest in emigrants from Dorfprozelten, Bavaria in Germany was my main motivation I admit, but hopefully it will also make the blog open to others whose English is limited.
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It is interesting to find and figure out how to use the different tools out there for wordpress bogs.
Yes indeed Kristin..I usually see something or decide I want it, and then wonder how to do it. Have you come across this site? The writer is one of the benchmark advisers on wordpress.com help. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/
I still haven’t managed to get a block of text fill-coloured (notwithstanding the instructions) but I’m sure I’ll eventually figure it out.
I haven’t seen it before but I will take a look.