Automatically Translate A Website Page with Amazon Polly

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A few weeks ago, my TechTips highlighted the ability provided by a new WordPress plug-in supplied by Amazon to automatically add audio to your website with Amazon Polly.



In this TechTips, I want to show you how you can use the same WordPress plug-in from Amazon to translate the English text on your page to one of 23 different languages.

The plug-in uses an Amazon Web Services machine translation feature. According to Amazon, native English speakers make up 26% of the total online audience. For many agencies, being able to make their website multilingual will be a significant benefit to attract a non-native English-speaking population.

Refer to my previous article to understand the necessary components to use the service on your website.

Translate Configuration

Amazon Polly Translate

Clicking three boxes on the Translate Configuration page is all it takes.

  • Enable translation support—Checked.
  • Enable audio for translations—Checked.
  • Pick the target languages—Check as many as you want out of the language options.
  • Click Save Changes.

It is that easy.

Creating a WordPress Post

Translating a post is not currently automatic, which I like. It gives me the flexibility to choose specific pages to convert.

  • To translate the page, navigate to the Amazon Polly section in the post, and click the Translate button.
  • Depending on the length of the post, the translation will be completed in less than 2 minutes.
  • Once done, make sure to save and update the post.

A couple of caveats:

  • This is an automated translation.
  • I don’t know Spanish, so I am not able to comment on the quality of the resulting translated article.
  • You might want to have someone check the quality before using it on your site.

The ability to quickly, easily, and very inexpensively translate content on your website will help your organization be more visible to a much larger audience. It likely will also help increase your on-line presence.

What do you think? Is this just a gimmick or something that would enhance the capability of your website?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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