Web Coding & Development All-in-One For Dummies
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If you have your own website, you can use the Google Translate extension to automatically have your website translated into more than 90 languages. So, there’s no need to have multiple versions of your website created.

Google Translate requires code to be placed on every page of your site, so you need some website know-how to do this. If you have a small website, you may be able to add the code to every page. However, if it’s a large site, you’ll want to use some kind of template to place the code on every page, depending on the platform your website is on.

Here’s how to add Google Translate to your site:
  1. In a web browser, go to translate.google.com.

  2. At the bottom of the page, click Website Translator.

  3. On your first time visiting the Website Translator, you see a page asking you to add your website. Click the blue Add to Your Website Now button.

  4. Type in the URL of your site. For example, www.dummies.com.

  5. Choose the language your site is in, such as English.

  6. Click Next.

  7. Choose whether you want your site translated into All Languages or Specific Languages. If you choose Specific Languages, you see a list in which you can check the languages you want.

  8. Under Display Mode, choose how you want the Website Translator banner to appear on your site. Clicking each radio button shows how the box will display.

  9. Under Advanced, decide whether to check these options:

    • Automatically display translation banner: If your site is in English, and someone who has their browser set to display French, then the translation banner automatically appears. The banner won’t appear for people whose language is the same as your site’s.

    • Your page has content in multiple languages: Check this box if your site contains different languages, so that the plugin knows to expect content in different languages.

    • Track translation data using Google Analytics: If you use Google Analytics to monitor the traffic on your site, you can view data on the usage of the plugin on your site. When you check that box, you will need to provide your Google Analytics property ID number, such as UA-55555-55.

  10. Click Get Code.

You’ll get two pieces of code that you need to place on your site. The first piece of code, which is the tag, goes in the header (that is, between the tags) of your HTML pages. The second piece of code, which is in

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