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Web Publishing for All! Introducing Community Translator Tools

We’re excited to announce new tools that help make WordPress even more accessible to people around the globe.

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Publishing tools for everyone

Roughly half of the content and traffic on the internet is in English1, yet English is the mother tongue of only about a quarter of internet users2, and less than 5% of the world’s population.3 We believe that WordPress.com should be for everyone, not just English speakers — it’s why we already serve WordPress in 131 languages — but we want to make it even more accessible.4

To keep so many languages up to date we need to make it radically easier for non-English speaking communities to help with translation. We’re proud to announce our latest step in that direction: the Community Translator.

Introducing: built-in translation

Here’s how it works: enable the tool in your blog’s settings. Then, when you activate the Community Translator, words in need of translation will be highlighted in green. You’ll be able to right-click on them, enter your new translation in the pop-up box that appears, and click “Submit”:Right-click on a word

That’s it! Behind the scenes, we pass your translation on to GlotPress, where it goes through a standard process to be approved and then deployed to WordPress.com. In just a few days, you could see your contribution become the official translation.

You can enable the Community Translator right now in your settings page, as long as you’ve chosen a non-English language for your WordPress.com interface:

Then, activate and deactivate the translator by clicking on the floating Globe icon in the bottom right corner of the screen:in-page-translator-globe

More detailed documentation is available on the support page.

We hope this new tool will make translating WordPress more rewarding and help improve the overall quality of translations. We’ll be continuing to work hard on making it easier for people to use WordPress in any language they’d like.

Happy blogging, in whatever language you speak!


  1. Language stats are surprisingly tricky. This “half” is based on wiki (55% English content in the top 10 million sites) and wiki traffic stats (47% English traffic across Wikipedia), along with approximations of Facebook’s traffic (52% English traffic based on ads data), and our own internal data (about 57% English traffic for most sites). For various reasons, all of these sources are likely to overestimate the use of English. 
  2. Internet World Stats estimates 28.6% of internet users use English as their primary language. 
  3. Ethnologue English and world stats at time of writing estimate 335,491,748 native English speakers out of  the 7,106,865,254 world population, for about 4.7% 
  4. If your language isn’t not on the list, check out “Who decides which languages are available? I want my language added.” in the Translation FAQ for some links to get you started. 

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  1. wildtuscanybushcraft

    This is G r e a t! I’m very happy to be part of this worldwide community!!! Thank you developers! Ciao Mattia

    Liked by 5 people

  2. laurelanthenat

    Why would I want to choose a non-English language for my WordPress.com interface?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Julian de Bhál

      This tool is about translating WordPress.com into other languages, so by setting your interface to the language you’re translating into, you can see what it will look like to other people using that language.

      Liked by 5 people

  3. TechwebGuru

    Reblogged this on blog.techwebguru.in and commented:
    WoW!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Daggi Dinkelschnitte

    There is no “Next step—> Translator” Button. Only the language “de- deutsch”.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Jenia

    Reblogged this on Jenia on WordPress.com and commented:

    Translating WordPress.com directly from the interface? Yes, it’s possible! Kudos to the developers on Automattic’s Team Global for their work on this new feature.

    Liked by 6 people

  6. elspethc

    Absolutely delighted to hear this inclusive work being made available. Vive la difference and keep up the good work

    Liked by 5 people

  7. Hew

    Reblogged this on Hew and commented:

    We’ve just released our in-page translation tool at WordPress.com. Now you can translate almost any string you see right in the page with just a couple clicks!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. John Jr

    I think that this is a good addition and idea, but there are people who have their interface set to English for various reasons who also know other languages and excluding people whose interface is set to English is not a good idea in my opinion.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Julian de Bhál

      It’s not our intention to exclude anyone, using the interface language just has a lot of benefits; You can choose the language you’re translating to, see and evaluate the current translations, and check that your new translation looks good in the page all at once. As an aside, you always get the English original when you right-click on a word, so it’s easier than you might think to use the interface in a language you’re not familiar with.

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    • dehggial

      How are those people excluded? It’s in English to begin with😀

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  9. nilzeitung

    Reblogged this on Nilzeitung.

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  10. leannacrowley

    Great idea!! Thanks for thinking of us!!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Louise Hillage
  12. mtltechwriter

    Congratulations on this technical improvement to help include many who otherwise felt left out because of their language limitations when using WordPress. This certainly is good news!

    Liked by 2 people

  13. chimwemwenuka

    Thanks for the great innovation.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Naoko Takano

    Reblogged this on Naoko Takano and commented:

    Translating WordPress.com just got easier, thanks to the developers of Team Global. With this new tool, you can translate strings on the spot whenever you find any untranslated text or wrong translations.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. dyule2014

    Thank you Julian for all your help on WordPress.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. cyprian23me

    It’s really cool, at lease those who don’t understand English can be reached as well.

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  17. commonsushi

    Reblogged this on Common Sushi.

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  18. Traduction G.E.M.

    As a certified translator who has over 10 years’ experience, I have never found an automated translator tool that works well and doesn’t distort sentences. These tools *usually* work well enough on a “word-to-word” basis. I will definitely test your tools and see what comes of it. Please be wary…

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    • Alex Kirk

      Be aware that this is not automated translation. The Community Translator is a tool that enables people to enter translations at the place where they appear, instead of having to find the string they’d want to translate in another interface.

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  19. vera ersilia

    I agree with Traduction G.E.M. !! Translating is a tricky affair that people who are not in the business greatly underestimate. Much more than a word by word dictionary is needed to render a text from one language to another. I also have not yet seen a machine translation that does not distort the text. But if the person translating a page KNOWS the target language very well such a tool for Word Press blogger can be useful.

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  20. redragdoll

    This is a great idea!

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  21. stevenhammermd

    This is great! ¡Que alegre!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. lilnbhusal

    This is amazing! The word is shrinking indeed! And, soon the word “language barrier” will disappear from our dictionary!

    The only bad thing is that it will discourage people from learning new languages! A sad thing for language lovers like me🙂

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  23. kennelboy

    when are people going to be able to subscribe via mobile phone?? i have some people interested who do not have access to a computer or tablet

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    • Julian de Bhál

      Assuming you’re talking about the Community Translator, mobile support is something we’d love to do but it’s a much tougher problem that will take time to crack. (Otherwise, WP.com works well on mobile, and you should hit up support if you’re seeing issues).

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