How to translate a WooCommerce e-commerce

How to translate a WooCommerce e-commerce
P. De Paoli
P. De Paoli
Fri 11 Feb, 2022


There are different options for software packages available on the Internet for managing a website, but WordPress is undoubtedly one of the most important. It is the most widely used open-source CMS globally and is suitable for managing a blog and a classic website. What is often overlooked is that WordPress is also an excellent e-commerce solution. Although people often think of other solutions for e-commerce (PrestaShop being one name above all), it is actually possible to run an online business easily and professionally with WordPress. WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. This article will take a closer look at a specific topic relating to the CMS in question when using WooCommerce: how to translate your e-commerce in another language.

Translating WooCommerce, here's how

WooCommerce, as you probably know, is simply a WordPress plugin with which you can "transform" the CMS into software suitable for online commerce. Using different words: anyone who wants to run an online shop with WordPress must download WooCommerce, which is the tool designed for commercial projects. To create and manage an e-commerce shop with WooCommerce it is necessary to purchase a good quality hosting service, even better if specifically optimised for WordPress.




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WordPress settings

First, you have to purchase a WordPress Hosting plan (including the domain name) to start your online shop. After downloading and installing WooCommerce, you may find it in English, the default language. But now you want to go international, so you want to translate it into different languages. Let's go to the settings. Then go to the WordPress administration board, look at the left-hand bar, where you will find all the CMS features, and point your mouse cursor to Settings. In the drop-down menu click on General. On the newly open page, check that the site language is set to the new language (let's say Spanish).

Once this is done, check that the site's commercial section (i.e. WooCommerce) is translated into Spanish.

Translation of WooCommerce

Now it's time to focus. Follow the tutorial carefully, and you will be amazed by the result! For the procedure, you need to download a special plugin: Loco Translate.

First, go to the Plugins section of WordPress and search for Loco Translate. Click on Install and then activate the Plugin.

Wait some minutes for the installation to be completed, and you will find the Loco Translate section in the WordPress toolbar. Place your mouse over it and click on Plugin in the drop-down menu.

On the page, you are now, search for and click on WooCommerce. Select the Spanish (or whatever language you want) to have your e-commerce shop in Spanish finally. If you do not find Spanish on this page, click on the New language button.

Clicking on Spanish in the previous screen will take you to the following page, where you can search for each individual string to be translated. Now, don't even think for a second that you can keep the automatic translations you have right now. They are cheap for sure, but they are hurting your business image. For that reason, you have to use professional translators for the task. We at Hero Translate can be your winning partner on your journey to internationalisation.




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Why choose WooCommerce for an online shop

We have now seen how to translate WooCommerce into another language, a procedure that you will have to carry out when you decide to use this software for your e-commerce. But why choose WooCommerce to manage an online shop? The reasons for the success of WooCommerce are many, and to a certain extent, they follow those of WordPress. Here is a brief list of the reasons why WooCommerce is the ideal software for e-commerce:

  • Ease of use
  • Stability
  • Flexibility
  • SEO-Friendly
  • Possibility of extending functionality

Conclusion

WooCommerce is probably one of the best solutions for those who want to revamp their business by putting it on the Internet. Once you have created a draft translation of your shop into Spanish (or the language of your choice) with Loco Translate, you can obtain a professional translation by asking us at Hero Translate.

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