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.