If you’ve been running your WooCommerce store for a while, or you’re just setting one up, you might be wondering if it’s worth using a WooCommerce translation plugin.
After all, you know by setting one up, you’ll be able to reach a larger audience and make more sales, right?
But how do you go about using a translation plugin and how do you make it play nice with your payment methods? Well in this article, we’re going to be sharing exactly that.
Here at We are AG, we’ve built some payment plugins for the EU market (such as Postfinance, Viveum, and Ingenico). These plugins are translation-ready and can be integrated with your WooCommerce website!
So, in this article, we’ll show you how to set up a WooCommerce translation plugin and how to get it working nicely with one of our payment plugins here at We are AG.
But first, let’s answer a very important question…
When you use a translation plugin for your WooCommerce store, the most obvious benefit is it allows your store to run in several different languages. This on its own connects you to a much broader audience than you’d usually be used to.
A translation plugin will update everything from your product names, descriptions, store emails, site SEO and more.
But this isn’t the only benefit of using a translation plugin, so let’s delve a little deeper.
Curious about the exact benefits of translation plugins? Here’s a handy list!
So now we know the benefits of using a WooCommerce translation plugin. But how do you get one set up?
It might seem daunting, but we’re here to help. In the section below we’ll walk you through how to use two different WooCommerce translation plugins with our payment plugin Ingenico.
For both of these, we’re presuming you have our Ingenico plugin installed on your site.
If you’d like to get it installed before walking through the tutorial, you can get Ingenico here: weareag.co.ukag-woocommerce-ingenico-ogone-gateway
An extra bonus: if you’re interested in other We are AG plugins, the integration process is the same for all of them!
WPML is a WooCommerce multilingual plugin that can translate posts, pages, taxonomies, custom types, menus, theme text and more. It’s also fast, reliable, and secure – so you’ll love it.
Here’s how to integrate WPML with our Ingenico plugin:
Firstly, you’ll need to purchase the WPML plugin. WPML themselves have put together a purchase guide that you can follow here.
Once you’ve purchased the main WPML plugin, you’ll then have the option to download the WooCommerce Multilingual plugin. This way, you can translate your product categories and checkout pages.
Install both of these on your WordPress site and once done, we can move onto step 2.
Because our plugin Ingenico is a payment plugin, we’ll focus on translating the checkout pages. But WPML of course works to translate your whole site, so use this as a basis.
When adding specific language translations to your checkout and cart pages, each translation comes with its own page URL. So to make sure you have these correct, take the following steps:
Next, we need to make sure your cart and checkout URLs have the correct format. To make sure this is set up correctly, take the following steps:
For Japanese users, the page will be yourdomain.com/ja/page-name. So ‘ja’ will mean Japanese.
To make sure these translated checkout pages work, you’ll have to add your domain from your Ingenico back-office account.
To do this, take the following steps:
Congrats! Now your store can process transactions in different languages!
Loco Translate is a great plugin that provides in-browser editing of your pages and integration with other translation APIs such as Google, Microsoft, and Yandex.
With the help of Loco translate, you can update and create language files directly in plugins. It’s a cheaper alternative to WPML but it does require some developer experience.
If you have this experience though, Loco Translate is a great option that requires less steps!
Firstly, we’re presuming you already have a theme installed on your site. With Loco translate, you‘ll have to set the site language manually.
So to do this, take the following steps:
After saving your translation, you can find your translated pages in your themes folder in the form of PO and MO formats. One for humans and the other for WordPress. To view your page, you can just click the PO file to see if it works.
For more information on using Loco Translate for your WooCommerce store, see Loco Translate’s step-by-step guides.
Phew, and we’re done! Your store can now be translated into as many languages as you like.
We are AG plugins when integrated with WooCommerce translation plugins, will provide you with a seamless experience with receiving payments and reduce the amount of work you have to do on the back-end.
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